Forests are vital to the Earth’s ecosystem. Home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, the sustainable management of these lands is an important solution when it comes to acting on climate change.
Part of what makes forests effective is the network that is born within the greenspace. Trees work together to shelter each other from heavy sun exposure and fierce storms. The root systems connect and share resources such as water and nutrients.
This same theory that we see work within the forests, works within reforestation efforts as well. By collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) for example, One Tree Planted is able to make an impact by contributing to their efforts, increasing tree cover throughout the State of Colorado.
In 2015 alone, CSFS grew and distributed over 500,000 seedling trees. These trees played a key role in conservation and restoration programs covering approximately 28 square miles – an area larger than the entire landmass of Boulder, Colorado.
Beyond tree planting, CSFS also has a great awareness and education initiative with over 379 programs being offered. Last year, they reached out to more than 21,000 Coloradans on a variety of tree related topics from wildfire mitigation to community forestry, and many elements in between.
Through the sustainable management of forests, One Tree Planted and our reforestation partners are able to protect more than just trees, greenspace, and biodiversity. We are also able to help promote the health of an industry that is a big part of the US economy.
On a global level, the United States is the world’s leading producer of forest products. The industry which collectively owns 14% of the country’s productive timberland, accounts for approximately 25% of the world’s production output.
Over 1% of the US workforce directly depends on forestry for their livelihood. As with any other part of the economy, direct jobs in one sector can have a ripple effect on jobs across different sectors. For example, if there is a reforestation effort that employs 10 people, these 10 people then go out and support other businesses in the community. These businesses in turn become more productive, which can lead to another ripple outwards.
Imagine that, by supporting the planting of just one tree, a positive impact can be felt globally through climate change mitigation and economic stimulation. Biodiversity which is on the decline, can also see a positive boost when we reforest areas in our own backyard, or on the other side of the globe.
Join the movement today, and make an investment to help ensure the long term growth of both the trees and the industry.
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