The December 2020 Update
Meaghan Weeden | January 5, 2021 | 3 min read
Starting off Strong in the New Year
It's officially 2021 and we have so much to share with you, but first let's talk about what we accomplished last year. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we were able to plant over 10 million trees via 80 plantings in 25 countries spanning 6 continents around the world. We're proud of what we accomplished together with our amazing partners and donors. And we're already off to a great start in 2021, with 13.5 million trees committed to be planted throughout the year!
Here's Our December 2020 Reforestation Update!
Want to Learn More About the Projects We Featured This Month?
Off of Guatemala's southern Pacific coast, we've partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to plant 90,000 red mangrove trees and restore 45 hectares of the Manchón Guamuchal mangrove forest. These forests are threatened by illegal logging, deforestation, pollution, and damaging diversion dams. Planting trees here will restore wildlife habitat, improve coastal stability, protect local communities from extreme weather events, and preserve the livelihoods of local fishermen and tourism professionals.
In Peru's Tambopata National Reserve, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, and the “buffer zone” adjacent to these parks, our amazing partner AIDER will be planting 150,000 trees as part of a multi-year project to plant 323,996 trees. These forests are threatened by deforestation and degradation due to unsustainable agricultural practices. By working with local farmers to establish sustainable agroforestry, this project will help conserve primary forests, restore degraded land, and protect biodiversity.
In Ghana's Western Region, our partner Goshen Global Vision just finished distributing over 34,000 seedlings to individual farmers to plant on their farms and throughout their local communities. This region has been profoundly affected by oil and gas-driven deforestation, rubber plantations, and rapid urbanization, which has reduced available farmland, degraded soil fertility, and increased flooding and droughts. As they grow, these trees will enhance biodiversity, improve the soil and environment, and provide food and income for the local farming community.
In California , we have three new projects aiming to help the environment recover from historic forest fires. These trees will be planted in the Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Sonoma and Mendocino counties, where iconic redwoods will be planted on 50,000 acres of land.
And finally, you asked for a deep dive on our Orca project, which we were all happy to provide! This will be our second year of planting trees throughout the Pacific Northwest region to protect the endangered Southern Resident orca, of which only 74 remain. Threatened by the collapse of chinook salmon stocks, they migrate north and south along the Pacific coast, feeding on salmon coming downstream from rivers and streams that flow into the ocean — in fact, salmon make up around 80% of their diet. To rebuild the Orca's food supply, we're planting trees along over 50 rivers and watersheds ranging from Northern California to British Columbia.
Thanks for tuning in to our update, we'll see you next month! Miss us already? Check out our Youtube channel for more awesome videos. And don't forget, we have plenty of other awesome tree planting projects like these. Choose where your trees are planted today!