6 Reforestation Projects That Give Us Hope for the Planet

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Humans have been reforesting the planet for centuries, and we’ve failed spectacularly at times. Today reforestation can help us mitigate global warming and improve the overall health of our planet.

The most reforested places in the world include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. You might be surprised to learn that Brazil is not home to the largest reforestation projects in the world — in fact, their reforestation efforts are dwarfed by those of smaller countries such as Ethiopia and Israel.

Mid-20th century reforestation was frequently about economic development rather than improving local ecosystems or capturing carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere. Nowadays reforestation projects focus more on sustainable outcomes at both small and large scales — from kitchen backyards to reforested regions of former farmland.

Here are 6 reforestation projects that give us hope for the planet!

Green Forests Work in the Appalachian Forests

Green Forests Work (GFW) is an exemplary non-profit organization that works in close partnership with local communities and government agencies alike. 

The organization has already planted 3.1 million trees on former coal mine sites and engaged 20,000 individuals in the process.

With a new pledge to the US Chapter of 1t.org, Green Forests Work is committing to plant another 5 million trees across 7,500 acres. These restored forests will be as significant to community renewal as they are to our planet’s restoration at a time when Appalachian communities are making the crucial shift to a balanced economy, based on various elements of the region’s natural riches.

The work will cost around $9,750,000 and will be achieved by using private and corporate donations, grants, and the time of their staff to leverage matches by public land agencies, other non-profits, and regional initiatives. 

GFW’s primary objective is to restore land that has been damaged by coal surface mining. They plant a varied mix of native tree and shrub species on each site, taking into account the local ecosystem and wildlife and pollinator habitat requirements. 

GFW also sponsors volunteer tree planting and/or educational outreach events each year. To date, GFW has completed over 300 volunteer tree planting projects. 

If you want to help the organization, you can donate here.

Brettacorp Inc. for One Tree Matters in Australia

Brettacorp Inc. is a community association in Australia that works to restore native habitat for threatened species such as the Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider in Tropical North Queensland.

Over 9 hectares of both private and public property have already been treated, in collaboration with local authorities. 

This is generally achieved through comprehensive renaturation and community planting initiatives, with strong local involvement. The Miyawaki method – a technique for growing ultra-dense micro forests rapidly – is also part of their technique.

Their reforestation efforts give hope to the planet through their impact and benefits, such as:

  • An increase in indigenous fauna and flora across their sites
  • Decrease of invasive weed species
  • Revitalizing degraded areas
  • Improving water quality that flows to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Social networking and building resilient communities

If you want to donate to their projects, you can do so here.

Ketrawe for Amazon Windshields in Bolivia

Ketrawe’s reforestation efforts in Bolivia are part of a larger initiative in Latin America to reforest degraded lands and to reforest the Amazon.  Their reforestation techniques include reforesting on degraded areas as well as agro-reforestation.

Since the year 2000, Ketrawe has been working in the Bolivian Amazon jungle, where they have planted more than 1 million trees. 

Ketrawe aims to assist global reforestation efforts. The organization is based on a network of individuals and organizations that give financial contributions or their time by volunteering to plant trees in the Amazon basin.

They work to plant trees for the donors, which absorb CO2 and prevent erosion, bring fertility to the soil, increase humidity and wildlife, making the world a better place. 

For Ketrawe, planting trees has one of the most immediate, direct, and beneficial impacts on nature and humanity due to its simplicity. It also has a significant influence on biodiversity, climate change, and society.

If you want to donate, you can visit here.

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National Forest Foundation for the National Forest Recovery in the US

The National Forest Foundation is assisting in the recovery from forest fires and spruce budworm attacks (which reduced tree mortality to 60-80 percent in certain regions), as well as assisting with reestablishing the seed source for future regeneration and improving resilience to future infestations.

Spruce bark beetles, Douglas fir beetles, and Mountain pine beetles are decimating trees at epidemic proportions, causing serious environmental damage. 

Reforestation of denuded regions, managed timber harvesting, and spraying high-value trees are all used in the aftermath of beetle outbreaks.

The National Forest Foundation also assists in the restoration of forested regions that have been devastated or endangered by fire. 

In addition, their efforts extend beyond reforestation to include the sale of firewood and the execution of controlled burns to minimize the risk of new fires in our National Forests. This helps to ensure public and firefighter safety and keeps recreational areas accessible to visitors as long as it is safe to do so.

If you want to help, you can find out more here.

EarthDay.org The Canopy Project

Earth Day’s The Canopy Project helps the environment by planting trees globally. 

Since 2010, they have planted millions of trees by working with global partners to reforest areas in need of rehabilitation. This includes global communities most at risk from climate change and environmental degradation. 

Their projects include the growing of saplings in nurseries for six to 12 months before they are planted. Furthermore, it includes pruning and maintenance for the first couple of years of the trees’ lives. Doing so allows them to maximize the number of trees that survive to maturity. 

Earthday.org also partners with technical organizations and government agencies near planting sites to offer forestry and maintenance training to local workers. As a result, local workers can gain valuable skills to continue reforestation projects. 

You can donate here

OneTreePlanted.org

One Tree Planted’s main mission is to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. 

Since 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted every year, with over 40 million trees planted in over 43 countries across the globe. And in 2021, they have doubled their impact from 2020 with 23.5 million trees. 

The organization works with partners in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. 

One of their projects is in Iceland’s Dragon Nest Forest, where they are currently planting 175,000 trees to afforest degraded former grazing land. The main goals of this project are carbon sequestration, soil conservation, and habitat improvement. 

Another project is located in Texas’s Pine Island area. They started planting in January and – so far – have 30,000 longleaf pine trees in the ground. The aim here is to provide quality wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfires. 

Finally, they are planting one million trees with the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda’s Albertine Rift Region. The mission here is to restore a forest corridor between two of the last remaining protected forests: Budongo and Bogoma forests. A 3-year forest management plan is being implemented to establish sustainable and protective landscapes. 

You can donate here.

How reforestation impacts the world

Throughout reforestation, an area’s climate is altered. This can be positive or negative depending on which area you are reforesting; reforestation in arid climates could reduce the likelihood of wildfires and promote plant growth. 

However, reforestation in wetter climates can lead to more rainfall, increased humidity levels, and increased pollution due to decaying biomass. Plant re-growth through reforestation can also help sustain healthy soil conditions by increasing organic content. 

Reforestation projects in the US and around the world

Tree planting projects have been reforesting areas all around the world since reforestation became common practice.

The United States reforests mostly through tree planting and reforestation farms, so there isn’t much deforestation from reforestation efforts in this region. However, reforestation farms do impact surrounding habitats because they change soil composition when introduced into previously forested regions.

In other countries such as Australia, reforestation is mainly done by reforesting former agricultural land because much of their natural forests have already been cut down for human use. 

Over the past few decades, reforestation efforts have reforested over 500 million acres globally. 

For example, China reforests through massive reforestation projects to combat desertification. To help reforest areas reliant on illegal logging practices, Ghana reforested nearly 40% of its land between 1992-2007.

Make the change

There are so many ways to get involved with reforestation projects, both on a large scale and in your local community. 

If starting your own project is overwhelming, start small by planting trees through Aspiration Zero – the carbon-neutral credit card that rewards you for your progress towards carbon neutrality. 

Ready to start planting? Apply today!

 

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