Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

  • Introducing a new afforestation project in Iceland! While Iceland used to have up to 40% forest cover centuries ago, deforestation has reduced this to just 5% today, and since so much time has gone by that's why this unique project is categorized as afforestation as opposed to reforestation. This 170 hectare area will involve planting trees on the lower, south-facing slopes on the farm “Dragon's Nest" named after its' former owner. The area is degraded former grazing land with low-growing and largely non-continuous vegetation, and a lot of ecological potential to become a forest once again. The main goals of this project are carbon sequestration and soil conservation.

  • In time, degraded and eroded land (the majority of the area) will develop more vigorous vegetation, both the trees themselves and the undergrowth. A mixed species forest will provide enriched biodiversity for most species' groups, including considerable birch at the edges, pine in the poorest areas, spruce on the better sites and black cottonwood along streams. There will be open areas for shade-intolerant plants and open-ground birds to remain in the area. The forest will moderate stream fluctuations creating better conditions for freshwater organisms including many insects, small crustaceans and fish. The forest will make its contribution to carbon sequestration, which will be a reversal of the current emissions.

    The afforestation area is open to people from the local village, Breiðdalsvík. With time, footpaths and other outdoor recreation facilities will be developed. Local people will get jobs in fence maintenance and planting the trees. 

  • A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Iceland project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.

  • This mixed species forest will be home to many species and provide enriched biodiversity for most species groups. Tree species that will be planted in the forest include Downy Birch, Lodgepole Pine, Sitka Spruce, and Black Cottonwood. 

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. Forests are essential pillars of terrestrial life.

But deforestation has taken a toll over the past few decades, primarily for commercial harvesting, development, and now increasingly due to the impacts of climate change. Global forest cover fell below four billion hectares in 2015 for the first time in human history. This loss of forests affects everything from wildlife and ecosystems to weather patterns and the water cycle. Forests, which cover 30% of Earth’s surface, are critically important to just about every aspect of nature, wildlife, and even people.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make a positive impact. Our favorite? Plant more trees! Reforestation can restore damaged ecosystems, stabilize soil, support the water cycle, and slowly recover the vital ecosystem services that we all depend on. It can also bring people together, heal communities, and stimulate local economies. What’s not to love?

Trees help stabilize our 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!

Social impact of trees

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.

Trees 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.