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!

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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