Reforestation Projects:

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!

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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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