Deforestation in America began when the earliest settlers came here in the 1600s, and it grew at a rapid rate up to the 1900s. Our forest cover has begun stabilizing over the last century, but in order to produce more oxygen, further restore timber areas, and increase carbon sequestration, we—in addition to maintaining existing USDA tax credits—encourage states to institute (or further incentivize) Reforestation Tax Credits. Trees have an incredible natural ability to capture carbon from our atmosphere during photosynthesis, store it underground, and produce oxygen as a result. Depending on the plant species, and age, some forests are able to sequester tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds of carbon. Reforestation tax credits incentivizes the timber industry, and conservationists alike to be a part of proactive solutions to combat deforestation and offset carbon emissions.