Arbor Day Foundation's Replanting Our Nation's Forests
Our forests are woven into the fabric of our lives, providing the very necessities we need to not only survive but thrive — clean air, healthy drinking water, a tolerable climate, and so much more. But these majestic lands are threatened by insects, disease, and devastating wildfires. We are thankful for our dedicated Foundation members, corporate sponsors, and partners who continue to respond to the need for replanting.
This year, the Foundation planted more than 12 million trees in forests through partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and international partners.
Through the years, we have dedicated a significant portion of our replanting efforts to National Forests, a cherished piece of our country’s heritage. This year, we supported reforestation work in 11 National Forests across the country, including Fremont-Winema National Forest. In 2012 the Barry Point Fire raged through this National Forest, burning nearly 93,000 acres, and three additional smaller wildfires broke out within the forest in 2017. Thanks to support from members and partners, efforts are now underway to replant the area and ensure this National Forest continues to thrive.
Our reforestation work has also spread into the National Park Service as well. This budding partnership began in 2014 with a multi-year planting at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. And this year, the Foundation has worked with the National Park Foundation to plant more than 50,000 trees in Big Thicket National Preserve. We are excited to establish a stronger relationship with this partner and look forward to supporting the reforestation of National Park land in the future.
The generosity of supporters and on-the-ground-partners has made it possible for our replanting efforts to continue year after year, revitalizing important forestland for generations to come.