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!

So without Further Ado, 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!

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