This year alone, 41,827 wildfires have sparked in the United States, burning 6.17 million acres along with them. Federal and state governments have deployed countless crews of firefighters to contain this wildfire season, which is still very much ongoing, but after the smoke settles, what happens to those ravaged forests?
That’s when groups like the National Forest Foundation step in. The NFF helps restore and regrow damaged forests, but that’s not all it does. We spoke to NFF president Mary Mitsos to learn more about the 26-year-old organization, and why it’s currently crowdfunding $500,000.
The following Q&A has been edited for clarity, flow, and length.