The best way to restore our forests is to let nature take its course

Nature does a pretty good job of restoring forests without our help. Image: Oskari Manninen / Unsplash

Susan Cook-Patton

Senior Forest Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Robin Chazdon

Senior Fellow, Global Restoration Initiative, World Resources Institute

Nancy Harris

Research Manager, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute

Karen Holl

Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz


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The map predicts accumulation rates if natural forests younger than 30 years are growing there and shows savanna biomes with hatched lines to flag that restoration of forest cover should proceed with particular caution in these grassland-tree ecosystems. Image: Nature

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