At One Tree Planted, we aim to be as transparent and accountable as possible, providing you with regular updates from our reforestation projects.
Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.
Explore the impact of our projects by sliding the bar to reveal the total number of trees we planted in 2021.
One Tree Planted has planting projects in six global regions: North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Pacific. Every reforestation project has its own unique impact on forests, communities, animals, and the planet overall.
North America has a remarkable diversity of forest coverage. From the old-growth redwoods of California, to the temperate lowlands of Québec, Canada, North America's forests are home to many iconic plants and animals, and play an important role in supplying communities with food, water, and employment.
One Tree Planted has planted trees in more than a dozen US states and across three Canadian provinces. Our projects restore forests in the wake of major wildfires like those in Paradise, California; repair damage caused by industry and resource extraction; and even support the endangered Southern Resident Orca of the Pacific Northwest.
Planting trees comes with its own diverse benefits, challenges, and rewards. At One Tree Planted, we have the wonderful opportunity to work on inspirational projects that will hopefully leave a positive mark on you. Check back monthly for our most recent highlights!
We're working throughout California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia to plant 1.5 Million trees across 50+ watersheds to benefit the Endangered Southern Resident Orca, who have called the stretch of Pacific Ocean from Northern California to British Columbia home for millennia. Every year, as the Orca's migrate North to South and back again they rely on the West Coast Chinook Salmon, which provide nearly 80% of their diet, to sustain them. However, salmon stocks are diminishing due to loss of habitat and increasing pollution — ultimately impacting the Orca downstream.
As the trees grow, they will improve water quality by stabilizing riverbanks to reduce erosion and sedimentation, create safe spawning grounds and quality food sources for the salmon by slowing the flow of water and reducing its temperature, and more. Orcas are emblematic of the North-West and hold significant meaning for the First Nations communities that have lived in this region for thousands of years. Ensuring that these creatures don't go extinct will have a significant positive impact on these communities.
Fruit trees change lives, and this is our fifth year partnering with an incredible, locally-led organization in India, with whom we have planted over 1.5 million fruit trees. Once they begin producing fruit, the trees will provide a source of nourishment and income to marginal farmers living in some of toughest terrains in India — as well as providing a host of ecosystem benefits including fighting pollution, conserving water, preventing soil erosion and more.
In 2021, we've taken an exciting new step in the partnership and built two brand new nurseries to kickstart production, with the goal of planting 1.5 million more fruit trees this year. The nurseries will create jobs, reduce planting costs, improve sapling acclimation, increase survival rates and reduce the projects' carbon footprint by creating nurseries within the communities where trees will be planted. They will also employ local people, especially marginalized groups like widowed and elderly women.
Working with big partners like the United States Forest Service and CALFIRE and smaller ones like local Resource Conservation Districts and private landowners across the Golden State, we've planted over 5.4 million trees to date. We're dedicated to helping partners at any level and any location ranging from federal and state to public and private land, because everyone should be able to rebuild and restore after wildfires.
In 2021 alone, we've planted 1,232,296 trees through 6 projects to restore burn scars from several forest fires, including the historic Camp Fire and the Moonlight Fire. As these trees grow into maturity, they will help prevent invasive species from colonizing burn sites, develop richly layered habitat for native biodiversity, stabilize disturbed soils and control erosion, sequester carbon over time, protect critical watersheds, stabilize riparian zones, benefit local communities that have been affected by wildfires, and more.
In 2019, we completed three separate projects in Rwanda, all of which centered around agroforestry. The first was with a women-led coop that planted 35,000 fruit-producing trees; the second a group of students who planted 9,000 trees as part of an initiative to fight poverty; and the third was with farmers who planted 60,000 trees to produce sustainable coffee.
Agriculture employs over 70% of the population in Rwanda. However, livelihoods are being threatened as soil erosion from years of unsustainable farming is jeopardizing crop yields. Steep slopes in the country also increase the likelihood of landslides, which damage farms, pollute water sources, and exacerbate deforestation.
That’s why promoting agroforestry is so crucial for this region. Planting trees that also serve an economic benefit - on top of their benefits to the environment - reduces the likelihood that farmers will cut down the trees for timber or firewood. With the income and food generated from these trees, communities are better able to afford healthcare, education, and quality nutrition - all while reducing soil erosion and contributing to improving the environment overall.
Tune in as we virtually travel the globe, highlighting our amazing tree planting partners and projects from the past month.