Reforestation Projects:

The March 2021 Update

Meaghan Weeden | April 13, 2021 | 3 min read

Awesome Reforestation Projects to Kick off Earth Month!

It's Earth Month 2021, Earth Day is approaching and while there are plenty of ways you can celebrate, we happen to think the best way is to plant trees! That said, we have some fantastic projects to cover this month, and we're so excited to share them with you. From Iceland and Texas to Uganda and Barbados, tune in for some fresh-from-the-field updates courtesy of Kyleigh and Nicole. We hope we leave you feeling extra excited about Earth Month and reforestation!

Here's Our March 2021 Reforestation Update!

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

In Iceland's Dragon's Nest Forest, we're planting 175,000 trees to afforest degraded former grazing land with low-growing and largely non-continuous vegetation. This area gets its awesome Game of Thrones-esque name from the family that farmed it for generations. And that's all well and good, but we prefer to envision Drogon soaring over the newly forested landscape. The main goals of this project are carbon sequestration, soil conservation and habitat improvement. And we're especially excited about it because it's our first in Iceland, in partnership with the Icelandic Forest Service.

In Texas's Pine Island area,we began planting in January and so far have gotten 30,000 longleaf pine trees in the ground to establish a healthy longleaf pine stand and maintain it for the long-term. This will create quality wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of wildfires in the area, and provide other ecosystem benefits like increased water filtration and carbon sequestration. Planting will come to an end in April, but we're excited to watch these trees grow to create a thriving pine island in the heart of northeast Texas!

In Uganda's Albertine Rift region,we're honored to be planting a whopping 1 million trees in 2021 with the Jane Goodall Institute to restore a forest corridor between two of the last remaining protected forests in Western Uganda — the Budongo and Bugoma forests. To ensure the long-term success of this project, a 3-year forest management plan is being implemented to establish sustainable AND productive landscapes. As with most of our projects, this one takes a holistic, community-based approach to restoration. By addressing the needs of local people, we seek to break the cycle of deforestation and habitat destruction that has driven chimpanzees to the brink of extinction. 

And finally, this month's deep dive features a project close to Kyleigh's heart, as she was born and raised in Barbados. On April 25th, we'll be cleaning up trash in a mangrove forest in Long Pong, as well as collecting coconut tree sprouts to bring back to the nursery and eventually replant. This project aims to plant 280,000 trees and transform degraded land at Walkers Sand Quarry and establish Walkers Reserve, which will provide a host of ecosystem benefits and create quality recreation opportunities for the local community like bird watching, biking, hiking, fishing, sea turtle conservation, tree planting, and more!

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!

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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