Reforestation Projects:

The April 2021 Update

Meaghan Weeden | May 7, 2021 | 3 min read

Reforesting the globe one tree at a time!

From 60+ tree planting events to exciting new partnerships and more, Earth Month 2021 was our biggest ever. That said, it flew by and May is here with some exciting new projects to cover! From British Columbia and South Africa to Illinois and California, tune in for some fresh-from-the-field updates courtesy of our awesome forest ambassadors Kyleigh and Nicole!

Here's Our April 2021 Reforestation Update!

Want to Learn More About the Projects We Featured This Month?

In British Columbia,we're planting a whopping 1 million trees over the next 2 months to accelerate reforestation and restore forest health in a high priority OGMA (Old Growth Management Area) that burned during the 2017 Plateau wildfire. The Plateau Fire was the largest in B.C. 's recorded history (a little smaller than the state of Delaware), and without tree planting this area would take many decades to grow back to a functioning forest ecosystem. As the trees grow, they promote healthy ecological recovery, provide habitat for biodiversity, help restore hydrological function in the area, sequester carbon, and more!

In Vettabbia Park in Milan, Italy's Vaiano ValleNosedo region, we planted trees as part of an innovative regenerative urban agroforestry project. Planting these native tree species will restore soil structure and health, prepare the land for an eventual integrated agroforestry system, improve the water cycle, increase biodiversity, provide quality recreation opportunities, and more! In the long term, this project will serve as a powerful case study that will help revolutionize the way cities around the world approach agriculture. 

In Illinois,we've teamed up with Living Lands and Waters to distribute over 166,000 trees across the Midwest of the United States as part of their Million Trees program. It's all about engaging with the community and anyone can participate and receive tree saplings along with a planting and care guide. And while many trees are planted in homeowner's yards or on their farms, thousands more are also planted at special project sites. As the trees grow, they will provide food for wildlife, help reduce the impacts of climate change, increase biodiversity, reduce soil erosion and provide shade to river systems to help reduce algae blooms and eutrophication.

And finally, we had a special deep dive this month as Nicole shared her journey up the west coast of the US in celebration of Earth Month! She, along with a few other team members got her hands in the dirt, visited some of our awesome planting partners and even tried her hand at harvesting massive sugar pine cones! It's always an inspiration to meet with our partners and see our projects and their impact first hand, and this was no exception!

Thanks for tuning in to our update, we'll see you next month! Miss us already? Check out the One Tree Planted Youtube channel for more awesome videos. And don't forget, we have plenty of other awesome tree planting projects like these. Choose a reforestation project and plant a tree today!

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. For Treecember, we're planting trees that support a global forest fire recovery fund. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Reforest lands damaged by record-setting fires
  • Support healthy habitat for iconic biodiversity
  • Plant tree species that will help reduce future fire impact
  • This holiday season, we’re planting trees in areas around the world that have been severely affected by forest fires and aren't able to recover a healthy ecosystem on their own. The most common naturally-caused wildfires occur during droughts or dry weather, and under these circumstances, trees and other vegetation are converted to flammable fuel. Human-caused forest fires can be a result of various activities like unregulated slash and burn agriculture, equipment failure or engine sparks, and discarded cigarettes.

    After wildfires, reforestation is essential in areas where the fire intensity burned off available seed supply within the soil, and/or where there are not enough healthy trees still growing and producing new seeds nearby. Reforestation starts once professional assessments have been made to determine where human intervention would be the most ecologically beneficial. Help restore these vital ecosystems by planting a tree. 🌿
  • Every year, forest fires are increasing in size and severity, damaging vital ecosystems and creating a need for millions of trees. Some major consequences of forest fires include significant loss of wildlife, loss of vegetation, soil erosion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With so much fire damage, reforestation is essential to catalyze the environmental recovery process. The trees are carefully planted to prevent invasive species from colonizing burn scars and restore quality habitat for native biodiversity. One Tree Planted is connecting with on-the-ground partners to establish viable reforestation projects when the recently affected regions are ready for planting. This fund will contribute to planting projects in British Columbia, Idaho, Ghana, Portugal, and beyond. Let's get to work! 🌲
  • 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.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners on the ground will determine the most appropriate species of tree and shrubs. We only plant native tree species that will restore the local ecosystem, re-establish wildlife habitat, and reduce the likelihood of future fires.

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