The Emerald Edge spans over 100 million acres of lush forest, rivers, islands, and mountain streams in Washington state, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia. As the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest, it sustains thousands of species—including salmon, bears, wolves, whales, and humans—and plays a critical role in regulating the global climate.
Forests and Climate Are at Risk
Forests like the Emerald Edge are the Earth's largest above-ground "pools" of carbon, helping keep excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. But the decimation of old-growth trees and other extractive commercial practices are putting these forests—and the climate—at risk.
A Partnership to Help Protect Our Forests
Members of the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership in Hoonah, Alaska. Community stewardship of the Tongass National Forest helps maintain the natural wealth of this region.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Grove Collaborative are partnering in support of conservation led by Indigenous First Nations, Alaska Natives, and coastal Tribes. These communities have been intimately connected to these lands and waters for millennia, and are leading efforts to support sustainable economic and community development and heal the bonds with these lands and waters so they can continue to support life for generations to come.
"Protecting our forests, in particular old-growth forests, is an absolute imperative for climate, biodiversity and the continued livelihood of Indigenous communities. While other CPG [consumer packaged goods] brands consider these forests as raw material for their single use products, at Grove we are committed to doing what we can to drive positive impact. We are thrilled to partner with The Nature Conservancy to support this incredible ecosystem and the communities leading the way for forest protection," says Danielle Jezienicki, Grove Collaborative's VP of Sustainability.
Stewarding the Land for People and Planet
Indigenous communities, whose cultures and livelihoods are deeply intertwined with the ecosystem, have for hundreds of years been shut out of land-use decision-making and the economic benefits of the region’s natural resources by governments and conservation groups alike. TNC and its Canadian affiliate Nature United are working across the region to build trust and support Indigenous Peoples in asserting their rights and authority over their lands and waters so they can protect the integrity of the landscape and sustain the cultural and economic life of their communities.
Indigenous Peoples Are Key Leaders in Conservation
- Twenty-five percent of the world’s land is managed by or designated for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
- With their territories harboring more than 17 percent of the world’s forest carbon, and much of global biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples and local communities are among the Earth’s most important stewards.
Two Million Acres Closer to a Sustainable Future
Grove is on a mission to transform the products you use at home into a force for good. Over the next seven years (January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2030), Grove will contribute $1,500,000 to the Emerald Edge to support Indigenous-led conservation across 2 million acres of the Tongass Rainforest of Southeast Alaska.