Trees do so much for us! They sequester carbon, filter and absorb air pollutants, release oxygen for us to breathe, provide wildlife habitat, hold the soil together, grow food and medicine, protect us from UV rays, slow the flow of stormwater, and much more.
But forest fireshave increased in frequency, severity, and size in many regions including California, British Columbia, the Amazon Rainforest, and Indonesiaamong others, harming biodiversity, water quality, and the climate. The causes are often wide-ranging, from decades of fire suppression combined with climate change in California, to unregulated slash and burn agriculture in the Amazon and Asia.
When forest fires are relatively small, nature doesn't require intervention because seeds in the soil and natural regeneration from surrounding healthy trees will restock the ecosystem with new emerging seedlings. But when burn scars are severe, or when the closest healthy trees are too far away to spread seeds via natural processes, planting trees can help to catalyze the natural process so that forests grow once again. Our projects are conducted in partnership with local experts, native tree species, and with reforestation plans that take unique local ecology into account to ensure a lower risk of future forest fire spread.
Planting treeshelps to restore damaged ecosystems, stabilize soil, support the water cycle, and slowly recover the vital ecosystem services that we all depend on.
Trees help to stabilize our climate by absorbing and sequestering carbon via photosynthesis. In fact, one mature tree can sequester up to 48 lbs of carbon per year!
1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood. So planting trees naturally brings people together, heals communities, and stimulates local economies.
Trees provide food, shade, and shelter for 1/2 of the world’s terrestrial flora and fauna and 3/4 of all birds. When we cut down their home, they often have nowhere to go.