US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests
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The Biden administration announced on Monday that the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of in the United States' West, as officials struggle to combat the nation's forests' increasing toll from wildfires, insects, and other .
Destructive fires that burned too hot for forests to regrow naturally in recent years have far outpaced the government's . According to officials, this has resulted in a backlog of 4.1 million acres (1.7 million hectares) in need of replanting. To clear the backlog and meet future demands, estimates that nurseries will need to quadruple their .
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