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REFORESTATION PROJECTS: THE January 2021 UPDATE

Meaghan Weeden | February 4, 2021 | 3 min read

Building Momentum for a Strong 2021

You might notice that we're recording virtually this month to respect the latest COVID-19 lockdowns. And we have to acknowledge that a lot has happened in the last month. But while the pandemic and related factors aren't going away any time soon, we're hunkered down and working hard to reach our goal of planting over 13.5 million trees in 2021. That said, we have some fantastic projects to cover this month, and we're so excited to share them with you!

So without Further Ado, Here's Our January 2021 Reforestation Update!

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

In Indonesia's Lampung region, we planted 100,000 trees to establish buffer zones around Sumatra's Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Because of misguided agricultural practices, this region has experienced profound deforestation, damaged soils, contaminated water bodies, and erosion of important catchment areas. By working with local farming communities, this project with Rainforest Alliance will prevent further encroachment and damage to national parks and support the livelihoods of 40,000 farming families that depend on these forests. 

In the Wildheart of Southern Scotland, we've begun planting 24,300 trees across 1,800 acres in Talla and Gameshope. Because these areas were deforested centuries ago, they cannot rely on natural regeneration to recover. By planting trees here, native woodland will be restored, once again providing quality habitat for wildlife and recreation benefits to local communities. This project with Borders Forest Trust is part of a larger landscape-scale ecological restoration effort that seeks to restore over 3,100 ha of land in Scotland!

In Ethiopia's Amhara National Region, we began planting 150,000 trees to restore wildlife habitat, stabilize soils, and moderate the climate. The trees planted here will protect small farmers downslope from erosion and flood damage. They'll also help to improve the local microclimate by increasing atmospheric moisture as their leaves transpire. This project with Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) will also benefit local youth via income from seedling sales, and the larger community with improved grazing for livestock and income from beekeeping. 

And finally, this month's deep dive features a unique project where we get to address deforestation, pollution, and contamination from mining practices all at once! We're working to restore and reforest degraded mining land at 10 sites across the state of Pennsylvania. This project is just getting started, and will plant 207,810 trees over the course of the year. Some of the tree species planted here are able to absorb metals + gradually reduce soil contamination over time. This in turn will benefit water quality by reducing contamination of area watersheds. And as the planted seedlings grow, they'll create a patch of young forest habitat for several species of songbirds, game birds, reptiles, and mammals. As the forests mature and develop, new species like white-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and many small mammals will benefit, too. As you can see, this project with Green Forest Works is a great example of how planting trees can reduce pollution, rebalance ecosystems, and so much more!

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

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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