California

  • California's forests provide innumerable benefits, including clean water and air, recreation, habitat, and beautiful scenery. Healthy forests also play an important role in addressing climate change. Five years of drought and a large-scale bark beetle infestation have seriously damaged California’s forests. 2017’s record-breaking wildfire season burned more than 1.3 million acres – an area the size of Delaware. 2020's fire season has consumed close to 3 million acres, resulting in hundreds of millions of trees that will need to be restored.

  • Trees play an important role in the vitality of California communities. Your contribution will help plant trees and restore forests throughout California. These foresters work hard to promote improved vegetation planning and resource management, helping to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires and floods in the region.


  • A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on the California project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. Species planted include the Sugar Pine, California Redwood (State Tree), Maple, Elderberry, Willow, Birch, Dogwood, Cedar, Giant Sequoia, and Walnut.

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REFORESTATION IN CALIFORNIA

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The combination of low precipitation and record high temperatures during California’s most recent drought (2012–16) resulted in dramatically increased tree mortality and large, severe wildfires. The State Forest Service now spends over 50% of its budget fighting fires, when a decade ago it was less than 20%.

California’s forests need active management in order to improve their health, reduce the risk of major wildfires and pest infestations, and protect this beautiful natural playground for future generations. Our amazing reforestation partners work with several state and federal forestry assistance programs as well as private landowners, aiming to improve the health and productivity of forest lands.

As well as recovering fire-damaged lands, your support for reforestation in California will help restore native species that are endangered by fungus and bark beetle infestations, such as the Sugar Pine.  

WHY PLANT TREES IN CALIFORNIA?

California Forest Fires

Reduce the impact of wildfires

Help us prevent wildfires in California from spreading catastrophically. Young, healthy forests can help suppress future wildfires and reduce the impact of smoke on public health.  

Sierra Nevada river

Protect water supply

Two-thirds of California’s surface water supply comes from its mountainous forests. Improving the health of these headwater forests will make them more resilient to drought and long-term climate change. 

California Forests

Improve forest resilience

Planting trees in California will help create young, resilient forests that can absorb and recover from fire, drought, and insect outbreaks. Together we can save threatened local tree species like the Sugar Pine! 

Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land
Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitization

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