Trees play a vital, and sometimes surprising, role in our planet’s health—they clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and stabilize our soil. That’s why Starbucks® is celebrating Earth Month with a donation of 250,000 trees to support reforestation efforts across America. Play Starbucks® Earth Month Game in the app to help decide where the trees will go. Want to help us plant even more trees? Give back to nature by planting trees in one of the many regions supported by One Tree Planted.
80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity live in forests, and a single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insects, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Even beyond creating homes for forest animals, trees support healthy ecosystems in which the soil, plants, waterways, and wildlife can all thrive together.
Our reforestation projects in Florida and Minnesota, and Oregon are uniquely focused on restoring, supporting, and connecting forests for biodiversity. In Florida we are planting Long Leaf Pine trees across 125 acres in Apalachicola National Forest to provide critical habitat for the vulnerable Gopher Tortoise, which is recognized as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species. In Minnesota we are planting in Chippewa National Forest, which supports one of the highest breeding densities of American bald eagles in the continental United States. And in Oregon we are planting in coastal areas for a wide range of land and sea life.
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. When planting doesn’t happen soon enough, invasive species can quickly establish dominance in newly cleared landscapes. This reduces biodiversity, pollutes waterways through erosion, and increases the likelihood of future burns.
Our reforestation project in California will take place in San Bernardino National Forest, to restore high intensity burn areas after the Cranston Fire of 2018 burned 13,139 acres. Re-establishing native conifer trees here will help reduce future erosion, lower stream temperatures, and create green landscapes once again. And our project in Washington will take place in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to restore 41,000 acres after the 2018 Cougar Creek Wildfire. We are also planting in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest, with a unique learning element that will train interns on reforestation strategies.
Water is life, and access to clean, plentiful water could significantly improve the lives of approximately 2 billion people that experience water stress from pollution as well as forest and wetland degradation. Due to the links between land management and the water cycle — and the key role that trees play in capturing, filtering, and retaining rainwater — reforestation can significantly improve water supplies.
In the Pacific Northwest we are restoring riparian zones to maintain waterway integrity, lower river temperatures, and filter out runoff pollution. This will also support local salmon populations which have been on the decline in the region, and ultimately benefit the Southern Resident Orca population. This project is part of a multi-year and multi-state restoration initiative through which nonprofits, community organization, schools, volunteers, and ecologists are all part a collective goal to restore the environment.
Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into their trunks, branches, and leaves — and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. The average tree can absorb up to 48 lbs. of carbon per year, as well as other harmful greenhouse gasses such as methane, and even particulate pollution which is known to be harmful to human health.
Our reforestation projects in Tennessee, Maine, Colorado, and Pennsylvania will have a lasting positive impact on local and global climate stability. In Maine we’re planting in Bethel Community forest to restore a formerly logged grass area into a forest once again; in Tennessee we’ll support native species recovery with local landowners in the eastern part of the state; in Colorado we’ll plant in Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests; in Pennsylvania we’ll plant across 10 regions in the state to gradually restore forest cover after many years of mining operations that have left the land degraded and full of invasive species.
From arborists to farmers and researchers, the job opportunities provided by the sustainable forestry industry are endless.
Through this partnership we hope to educate Starbucks® customers about the important role trees have in nature, and inspire individuals to take positive action.
The intricate root systems of trees act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down water’s absorption into the soil.
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Have you ever taken Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!
At One Tree Planted we like to refer to the six pillars as just some of the reasons why trees are so vital...