REFORESTATION PROJECTS: THE JANUARY 2022 UPDATE
Meaghan Weeden | January 7, 2022 | 5 min read
Planting trees, restoring forests across the globe
We hope you had a happy healthy holiday season, and that your new year is off to a good start. We're kicking off ours the best way we know how — with some awesome reforestation projects that have begun planting this month.
From Australia to Oregon, we're so excited to share our first Reforestation Update for 2022! As always, tune in below to hear more from our awesome Forest Ambassadors Kyleigh and Nicole!
Here's Our January 2022 Reforestation Update
Want to Learn More About the Projects We Featured This Month?
In Australia, we've begun planting 200,000 trees on public and private land in partnership with the Foundation For National Parks & Wildlife and a coalition of local partners. This is part of a larger project to plant one million trees over five years in response to the severe impact of the 2019/2020 bushfires.
As the trees grow, they'll restore critical habitat for a range of threatened species, including the iconic Kangaroo, Koala, and the Black Glossy Cockatoo. In addition to planting trees, this project aims to support local nurseries so that they can rebuild infrastructure and support their communities in areas that have been impacted by the fires.
In Scotland, we just began planting 116,400 trees to restore native woodlands to an area where deforestation occurred centuries ago. The restored woodland will provide a valuable habitat for plants, birds and animals like the black grouse, spotted flycatcher, bull finch, and kingfisher. The planting will also help to bind and stabilize soils, reducing the risk of floods and landslides on the steep and unstable soils — and protecting a vital drinking water source for the city of Edinburgh.
In Texas, we've just started planting 54,000 longleaf pine trees to restore forest land that has been historically cleared and degraded. Longleaf Pine was once the dominant tree species in the southeastern US, covering over 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas. Over the last 400 years, this species' abundance has decreased due to non-sustainable timber harvest, clearing of land for agriculture and development, and fire suppression. This project will promote restorative management practices in a historically abused ecosystem type.
In Oregon, we've just begun planting 134,800 trees across 10 sites throughout the North Santiam Watershed Council boundary. The majority of the planting sites are located in either the Beachie Creek or Lionshead Wildfire perimeters. We're working with landowners who lost both homes and tree stands to get their sites salvaged, cleaned up, and replanted with native trees and shrubs. The trees planted will prevent soil erosion, create future shade, provide habitat for wildlife and sequester carbon over time.
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!
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