Plant Trees for Forest Fires Recovery

  • The 2020 forest fire season in California, Oregon, and Washington state has been extreme. An impactful way to help the affected area directly is by planting a tree. Reforestation is one of the best ways to create a healthy environment after a disturbance like a fire, in which the soil and surrounding landscape are significantly damaged. We plant trees in a variety of different locations affected by the fires in North America. The allocation of these donation dollars will shift based on where forest fires occur and where funding is most needed. We only plant local native tree species, and reforestation is begun after professional assessments are made to determine where human intervention would be most ecologically beneficial due to a lack of natural regeneration.
  • Our current focus is on the West coast of North America, where fires are raging in California, Oregon, and Washington state. Over 3 million acres have already burned in California during the 2020 fire season, and 900,00 acres in Oregon. Some plantings this year are happening in areas damaged by fires in previous years. British Columbia is also a site of restoration activity this year after 2017's devastating wildfire season that burned over 1 million acres. This will result in the need for hundreds of millions trees. Let's get to work! 🌲

  • A Personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on the reforestation project where your donation will be allocated, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.

  • The west coast's rich forest diversity includes dozens of different species of native trees, with include some of the world's most interesting and valuable tree species. These include pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, western red cedar, giant sequoia, oak, and sycamore. To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant depending on the time of year and local ecosystem needs.

Please note: Only one e-gift will be processed per order.

WE LOVE TREES

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. 

Plant trees to stabilize climate

Climate

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!

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Social Impact

1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood. So planting trees naturally brings people together, heals communities, and stimulates local economies.

Plant trees to protect biodiversity

Biodiversity

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.