WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statements in celebration of Arbor Day. The three lawmakers have led efforts to support the international One Trillion Trees initiative, which seeks to promote forest management and the use of trees as a carbon sequestration tool. Senators Coons and Braun, co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, introduced the Trillion Trees and Natural Carbon Storage Act last December and will soon reintroduce the bill. Representative Westerman reintroduced his Trillion Trees Act on April 19.

“Arbor Day reminds us of the importance of trees – for the air we breathe, for the wildlife sustained by our forests, and for a beautiful, healthy planet,” said Senator Coons. “This year, I’m working to seed a greener future by supporting the One Trillion Trees Initiative that Delaware’s Forest Service participates in. I’m looking forward to working with Senator Braun and Representative Westerman to advance legislation that will help us conserve and restore critical habitats and plant trees to protect our climate and promote a greener future.”

“On the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, I’m especially proud as a tree farmer myself to celebrate the central role that forests play in biodiversity, recreation, American manufacturing, and preserving our environment for future generations through natural carbon sequestration,” said Senator Braun. “Silviculture is a powerful tool to improve our land, soil, water, and air, and Arbor Day is a reminder of how important planting trees and encouraging sustainable forestry is to our country and planet.”

“As the only licensed forester in Congress, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits that trees provide. Clean air, pure water, healthy wildlife ecosystems – we owe all this and more to healthy forests,” said Representative Westerman, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. “Even though we’ve seen historic technological advancements in the past few decades, trees remain the most advanced carbon sequestration tools we have. We should be advancing trees as the natural environmental solutions that they are, which is why I’m looking forward to working with my Senate colleagues on establishing the U.S. as a leader of the One Trillion Trees Initiative. I believe we have an incredible opportunity to steward these resources well, leaving them healthier and stronger for generations to come. Today and every day, we celebrate our forests!” 

In advance of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration from 2021 to 2030, the World Economic Forum launched the global One Trillion Trees initiative, 1t.org. The Trillion Trees and Natural Carbon Storage Act and the Trillion Trees Act would allow the United States to take a leadership role in supporting this effort to store carbon and promote biodiversity.