Plant a Tree Day 2021:

Community Reforestation, Global Impact

Meaghan Weeden | September 27, 2021 | 4 min read

COMMUNITY REFORESTATION FOR GLOBAL IMPACT: PLANT A TREE DAY 2021

Our fourth annual Plant a Tree Day falls on Tuesday, September 28th, but planting will take place through 60 events spread out over 1 month. In fact, several events have already happened and we just couldn't wait to share everything our partners and volunteers have accomplished so far!

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2021 plant a tree day highlights

From Uganda to Tennessee, Poland to Florida, in community parks and watersheds big and small, everyday people just like you are coming together to improve their local environments. Any time we get local communities together to plant trees, it's bound to be memorable, but each year we're inspired anew. From the dedication showed by our partners and volunteers to the scale of what we're able to accomplish together and the spirit of camaraderie that, without fail, imbues each event, Plant a Tree Day is a reaffirmation of why we do what we do. 

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Mpanga Forest Reserve

54 volunteers (40 adults and 14 youth) worked together to plant 2,500 native trees across two degraded sites in Uganda's Mpanga Forest Reserve (located in the Mpigi district south of Kampala). The trees planted will help control soil erosion, increase the area bird population,improve water quality within a nearby wetland, and more! The local community will benefit from improved access to clean water, and local nurseries were supported and encouraged by the project.

This event was particularly special as it brought together different youth led organizations and social enterprises, all of whom are passionate about environmental conservation. They were joined by the director of the Uganda branch of the Jane Goodall Institute, who inspired the volunteers to maintain their spirit of environmentalism.

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Kaley Square Park

20 volunteers (15 adults and 5 youth) worked together to plant 15 native, 30-gallon oak trees at Kaley Square Park, a popular community park in a low-income area of Orlando, FL. In addition to planting the trees, the volunteers worked in an on-site pollinator garden, planting pollinator-friendly flowers, weeding, and distributing seed bombs loaded with native seeds.

These native oak trees will sequester carbon, increase the shade cover of the park, decrease the community impact of rising global temperatures, and more. The pollinator garden will improve the park's pollinator insect populations and therefore increase the biodiversity and ecological health of the overall space. 

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Grassy Branch Creek

In Spring Hill, Tennessee, 3 volunteers came together to plant 200 bare-root seedlings along Tennessee's Grass Branch Creek in an effort to expand and enhance the riparian zone. Healthy riparian zones play an instrumental role in watershed health byreducing the amount of sediment and nutrient pollution entering creeks through stormwater runoff, controlling the rate of erosion, decreasing flood velocity downstream, creating habitat for biodiversity, and more! 

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Smith Blackburn Homestead

In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 13 volunteers planted 110 native trees and shrubs as part of an ongoing native pollinator garden project. The purpose of the planting was to restore native wildlife habitat that has been overtaken by invasive species. The species planted will provide habitat and an early spring food source for local wildlife, sequester carbonover time, and more! 

In addition to providing an opportunity for visitors to experience nature, our partners installed educational signage outlining the importance of pollinators, what people can do to help them, and elements of a good native pollinator garden. This makes for a rich, interactive educational resource for the local community. 

Stay tuned over the next month for more Plant a Tree Day 2021 highlights! And as always, thank you to our amazing partners on the ground who make these events happen, and to the inspiring volunteers who roll up their sleeves and get to work in communities big and small across the globe. 

Missed an event sign up? Don't worry, we'll do it again next year. And in the meantime, you can still help us get trees in the ground 🌿

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to jumpstart forest fire recovery in British Columbia. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Restore landscapes damaged by a historic season of wildfires
  • Create habitat for iconic biodiversity like the moose and grizzly bear
  • Support old-growth management areas to maintain complex ecosystems
  • This reforestation initiative is helping to restore the landscape in British Columbia after the Hanceville fire burned over 590,000 acres in 2017 and natural regeneration has not occurred. The fire has impacted the forest, soils, riparian ecosystems, wildlife, and water quality. Local indigenous communities have seen their ability to hunt and gather food drastically altered. But your support will go a long way! The goal of planting trees here is to not only re-establish a healthy forest, but also to plant species that will be resilient in the face of climate change. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Planting trees will catalyze the process of returning the area to a forested state. Newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, and over time improve the hydrological benefits of the forest. The ecosystems that have been greatly simplified by extreme fire conditions will once again become complex ecosystems, This project will also create habitat for many local wildlife species including mule deer, moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, sandhill cranes, various raptors, songbirds, and small mammals.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • B.C.'s rich forest diversity includes more than 40 different species of native trees, with some of Canada’s most interesting and valuable tree species. In this project, we made efforts to maximize species diversity, including the following species: Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen.

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