On October 16, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council and increasing U.S. involvement in the global Trillion Trees Initiative in an attempt to boost his environmental credentials ahead of the election.
The goal of the Trillion Trees Initiative, launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum, is to plant, grow, conserve, and restore one trillion trees around the world by 2030 to sequester carbon.
According to the White House, the Order “promotes healthy and resilient forests and rangelands by actively managing them through partnerships with States, tribes, communities, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.” The directive establishes the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council - composed of representatives from 14 federal agencies - which will be responsible for coordinating the US government’s interactions with the global initiative.
The panel will be co-chaired by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and will include Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Mary Neumayr, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought. White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump will also serve on the council.