April 26, 2017
American Forests and Alcoa Foundation Announce Three-Year Partnership to Enhance Biodiversity and Combat Climate Change
Washington, D.C. -- American Forests and Alcoa Foundation announce a new, three-year
partnership to enhance biodiversity and combat climate change in key areas across the globe.
In year one, American Forests will restore over 140 acres in 11 locations and engage 2,500 volunteers,
including Brazil’s Amazon Forest, cold-water streams in the Pacific Northwest and riparian forests in northern
In Juruti, Brazil, American Forests will continue its partnership with the Vitoria Regia Institute to calculate and
offset carbon emissions generated by local trains that transport mine materials from the local Alcoa facility.
The institute will work with local landowners and engage volunteers to reforest 50 acres of land with native
species to offset emissions.
In Bellingham, Wash., American Forests will also continue its partnership with the Nooksack Salmon
Enhancement Association (NSEA) to restore degraded watersheds. Over the past decade, salmon populations
throughout the region have declined drastically and local stocks of Chinook salmon and steelhead have been
listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. NSEA will create volunteer work parties to restore 10
acres of key watershed habitat that cools local streams and helps restore populations.
Along the northern coast of Spain, American Forest will support Ecoherencia’s efforts to restore riparian
forests in Fragas do Eume National Park, engage volunteers and provide environmental education to students.
“Over the next three years, Alcoa Foundation will be working with American Forests to demonstrate our
commitment to our employees and to communities around the world to make a positive and long-lasting
impact on our shared environment,” said Rosa García Pineiro, Alcoa Foundation President and Sustainability
Since 2011, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have worked together to enhance and protect forests in
14 countries, restoring wildlife habitat and combating climate change by utilizing forests to augment carbon
storage and purify water and air. Through the dedication of Alcoa employees, local communities and partners,
more than 1.58 million trees have already been planted.
“The Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have been partners on dozens of restoration projects during the
past six years,” said Scott Steen, president & CEO of American Forests. “We are excited to take our partnership
to the next level with a new, three-year commitment to enhance biodiversity and combat climate change.”
Visit American Forests online for more information on our partnership.
ABOUT AMERICAN FORESTS
American Forests inspires and advances the conservation of forests, which are essential to life. We do this by protecting
and restoring threatened forest ecosystems, promoting and expanding urban forests, and increasing understanding of the
importance of forests. Founded in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in
the country and has served as a catalyst for many key milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding
of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education
efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 50 million trees in all 50 states and nearly 50 countries,
resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at americanforests.org.
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation),
was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation
of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which
the assets of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred. One of the newly formed foundations, known now as Alcoa
Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation. Today, Alcoa Foundation invests where Alcoa
Corporation has a presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental excellence around the world, particularly
in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change research. Learn more at alcoafoundation.com and
follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
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