May 13, 2019 3 min read
A lot more trees are going to be planted on public lands in the US!
We have a pretty big announcement in the world of trees 😀🌲
One Tree Planted is now an official reforestation partner of the United States Forest Service (USFS), a rare privilege reserved for very few organizations due to rigorous standards.
The Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. An awesome vision we support 100%.
What does this mean?
It means we will be working with USFS to restore and create resilient forest ecosystems on public lands from coast to coast in National Parks in the US.
It also means you get the chance to plant trees in some of the most iconic wooded areas in the US; places like the Willamette, Shoshone, and Gunnison National Forests.
Here are just a few of the projects we have planned with the Forest Service in the near future.
Wildfire Recovery Project in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon.
Home to Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second largest mountain, the Willamette National Forest is 1.5 million acres of wilderness filled to the brim with an abundance of recreational opportunities from hiking and biking, to boating and swimming.
In 2017, the Jones wildfire destroyed more than 10,000 acres of the forest. Our planting project here aims to plant trees in an area that will help to repair the natural beauty of the forest, and restore watersheds that help supply water to more than 650,000 people.
Planting trees here will even help rebuild critical habitat for Chinook Salmon during spring! Want to help? Plant a tree in Oregon.
Fighting Back Pine Beetles in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest
Shoshone National Forest is the oldest National Forest in the US (set aside in 1891) and sits right next door to the famous Yellowstone National Park. The 2.4 million acres of terrain varies from low-lying sagebrush to rugged snow-capped mountains, offering endless ways to reconnect with nature.
It's also home to an incredible number of native species, including grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, and bison!
But the Shoshone National Forests has suffered from multiple beetle infestations over the last few years which killed up to 80% of the trees in certain areas. So, this project will restore parts of the forest to improve watershed function, rebuild wildlife habitat, expand recreational opportunities, and improve the forest's overall land management.
Protecting Wildlife Habitat and Nature Recreation in the Colorado Rockies
Located on the Western slope of the Colorado Rockies, Gunnison National Forest is part of the famed wilderness that surrounds "the last great Colorado ski town" Crested Butte.
Part of a six-year reforestation project initiated by the USFS, we will be planting over 117,000 trees along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. Known as the "Green Tunnel" for its towering spruce trees, the Byway has been devastated by an infestation of Spruce Bark Beetle and has been given the moniker of "Brown Tunnel" instead.
Planting trees will help restore the natural beauty of the area and revive the recreational industry on which so many nearby communities rely. The increased tree coverage will also provide habitat for Canada Lynx, mountain lion, moose, and elk. Want to help? Plant a tree in Colorado.
Thanks United States Forest Service!
A huge thank you goes out to the USFS for giving us the amazing opportunity to work in so many National Forests across the country.
So far, we already have 9 projects planned in 8 different states where you can plant a tree.
by Joseph Coppolino
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