What We Do: Protecting Ancient Forests

Join campaigner Rolf Skar on a walk through Muir Woods and a tour of Greenpeace's Forest Campaign. With your help, our goal of zero deforestation worldwide is within reach.

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Home to around two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land — in addition to the millions of people who depend on them for survival — our remaining ancient forests are some of our most diverse ecosystems. They are also vitally important to the health of our planet, especially when it comes to regulating the climate.


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With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Yet industry is still relentlessly converting forests into disposable products that end up in our shopping baskets - while pushing species to the brink of extinction, destroying the lives and livelihoods of forest communities and exacerbating global climate change. We need your help to protect what forests remain.

Our Motivation

Around the world, forests are being logged for timber and paper pulp and cleared to grow mono-crops like soy and palm oil while also deteriorating from impacts of global warming. Deforestation is a major driver of global warming, responsible for up to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions–more than all the cars, trucks, planes, boats and trains in the world combined.

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Our vision

Solutions to deforestation exist. We're campaigning for zero deforestation globally by 2020.

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Our impact

Whether it's convincing Barbie to go for greener packaging or partnering with the music industry to promote responsible-sourced instruments, our supporters can fortunately celebrate several victories for the forests.

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Our current projects

Learn more about our current projects in forest protection.

The latest updates


Greenpeace Opens First Forest Rescue Station in U.S. in Threatened Ancient Forest in...

Media release | May 31, 2004 at 18:00

Local community activists joined Greenpeace today for the launch of its first U.S. Forest Rescue Station, at the site of the proposed Kelsey Whiskey timber sale, located in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon. The mobile Station, which...

Greenpeace Delivers Old-Growth Slab to Interior Dept. to Protest Bush Forest Policies

Media release | October 22, 2003 at 18:00

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on H.R. 1904, the legislative equivalent of President Bush's so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative" (HFI), forest protection activists in Washington, D.C. delivered a 6-foot-diameter slab cut...

New Report Identifies National Forests At Greatest Risk From Bush Administration...

Media release | June 2, 2003 at 18:00

A nationwide coalition of environmental groups released a new report today that identifies the national forests at greatest risk from logging and documents the Bush Administration's attempts to eliminate public oversight of environmental laws.

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