At One Tree Planted, we aim to be as transparent and accountable as possible by providing you with regular updates from our reforestation projects.
Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.
Global Impact in 2022
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Restoring Forests Across the Globe
One Tree Planted has planting projects in six global regions: North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Pacific. Every reforestation project has a unique impact on forests, communities, biodiversity, and the environment.
North America has a remarkable diversity of forest coverage. From the old-growth redwoods of California to the temperate lowlands of Québec, North America's forests are home to many iconic plants and animals, and play an important role in supplying communities with food, water, and employment.
One Tree Planted has planted trees in 38 US states and across 7 Canadian provinces. Our projects restore forests in the wake of major wildfires, repair damage caused by industry and resource extraction, and support endangered species,including the Southern Resident Orca of the Pacific Northwest.
Some of earth’s most important tropical forests can be found in Latin America. Despite this, the Amazon, Andes, and Atlantic forests face extreme deforestation as massive tracts are cleared for agriculture, livestock grazing, and timber.
One Tree Planted's projects in Latin America are rebuilding forests and restoring land so the benefits of healthy tropical forests can be felt around the world. Our partners work with communities that are directly impacted by deforestation so they can benefit from improved forest management practices and agricultural techniques such as sustainable agroforestry. This also helps to ensure that the trees and land will be taken care of for generations to come.
Approximately 21% of Africa's tropical forests have been lost over the last century, and in some regions (West and East Africa in particular), deforestation has exceeded 80%. People in these regions often depend heavily on forests for their food, shelter, water, and livelihoods, making restoration of Africa's forests an even more critical undertaking.
Our planting projects in Africa focus on rebuilding wildlife habitat and restoring soil and critical watersheds, all while improving the lives of the communities who rely on the forests the most. Our planting partners promote sustainable agroforestry and educate farmers about the benefits of improved forestry practices, helping communities to develop sustainable sources of food, fuel, and income.
About 20% of our global forest cover is found in Asia and the Pacific — and this region is boasts forests that are among the most biologically diverse in the world. But Asia's tropical rainforests are suffering from the world's highest rates of deforestation, which is fueled by wildfires, palm oil production, and illegal mining operations.
Planting trees across Asia is helping to rebuild the habitat of critically endangered species, including orangutans, tigers, and more than 1,700 species of birds. These projects are creating jobs and providing sustainable, long-term income for communities so that people and forests can coexist in harmony.
One Tree Planted has a growing presence in countries across Europe, including Armenia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Romania, Denmark, Portugal, and beyond.
Our reforestation projects in Europe are working to re-establish historic woodlands, improve water and soil quality, and restore habitat for wildlife. Select projects also reforest and restore abandoned agricultural land and areas that have been severely degraded by forest fires and other natural disasters.
With the seventh-largest forest area in the world, Australia is home to 3% of the Earth's forests, 123 million hectares of which are diverse native forests. New Zealand is also home to unique forest ecosystems, including kauri forests, kahikatea swamp forests, pōhutukawa forests and mixed broadleaved forests. Unfortunately, extensive deforestation is destroying forests and threatening endangered wildlife.
One Tree Planted has planted trees in 6 of Australia's states and territories, and across New Zealand. Our projects are restoring forests following devastating bushfires, rejuvenating critical habitat for wildlife like koalas and cockatoos, and safeguarding community watersheds through the restoration of indigenous tree species.
Planting trees is hard, but deeply rewarding work. At One Tree Planted, we have the wonderful opportunity to work on inspirational projects that will hopefully leave a positive mark on you. Come back soon for our most recent highlights!
Monarch Butterfly Habitat
Monarch butterfly populations have been dwindling over time due to the loss of milkweed and nectar plants, deforestation and degradation of their overwintering grounds in California and Mexico, pesticide use, and climate change impacts like out-of-season storms, severe temperature drops and heavy rainfall. All of these factors have combined to create a sharp decline, particularly in the past 20 years.
By planting oyamel fir and other native tree species to restore montane oyamel fir and pine forests, we can help protect vital monarch nesting grounds, restore degraded lands, improve water filtration and watershed health, protect vital ecosystem services for nearby communities, and more. In 2022, we planted 1,170,000 trees in Mexico for Monarchs, and in 2023, we’ve already committed to plant an additional 1.5 million trees.
Much of our work in India is focused on planting fruit trees. Our amazing partners are working with local communities across 12 Indian states to plant fruit trees to fight hunger, improve local economies, and combat climate change. Your support will help us make a huge difference. Each fruit tree we plant will equate to at least $10 USD in food and nutrition each year, with a cumulative value of 5 million dollars garnered over the next 50-60 years.
While the socioeconomic benefits of this effort are undeniable, there are many ecological and human health benefits, too. India has some of the lowest air quality in the world which is a massive drain on human health. Cue trees, which filter the air, trap pollutants, and provide thousands of pounds of breathable oxygen over their lifetimes.
California’s forests need active management in order to improve their health, reduce the risk of major wildfires and pest infestations, and protect this beautiful natural playground for future generations. Our amazing reforestation partners work with several state and federal forestry assistance programs as well as private landowners, aiming to improve the health and productivity of forest lands.
We have planted over 4.4 million trees for Forest Fire Recovery in California to date, but our work here is far from done. Working with big partners like the United States Forest Service and CALFIRE and smaller ones like local Resource Conservation Districts and private landowners across the Golden State, we're dedicated to helping partners at any level and any location ranging from federal and state to public and private land, because everyone should be able to rebuild and restore after wildfires.
In 2019, we completed three separate projects in Rwanda, all of which centered around agroforestry. The first was with a women-led coop that planted 35,000 fruit-producing trees; the second a group of students who planted 9,000 trees as part of an initiative to fight poverty; and the third was with farmers who planted 60,000 trees to produce sustainable coffee.
Agriculture employs over 70% of the population in Rwanda. However, livelihoods are being threatened as soil erosion from years of unsustainable farming is jeopardizing crop yields. Steep slopes in the country also increase the likelihood of landslides, which damage farms, pollute water sources, and exacerbate deforestation.
That’s why promoting agroforestry is so crucial for this region. Planting trees that also serve an economic benefit - on top of their benefits to the environment - reduces the likelihood that farmers will cut down the trees for timber or firewood. With the income and food generated from these trees, communities are better able to afford healthcare, education, and quality nutrition - all while reducing soil erosion and contributing to improving the environment overall.
AFR100, or the African Forest Landscape Restoration initiative, is a massive, country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. AFR100 contributes to the Bonn Challenge, the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI), the African Union Agenda 2063, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and other global targets. Together, they're working to accelerate restoration across Africa so that they can enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation, and combat rural poverty.
Managed by the World Resources Institute, One Tree Planted, and Realize Impact, Terrafund for AFR100 is the first concrete investment into the second phase of AFR100. Funders include Bezos Earth Fund, Facebook, Good Energies Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, DOEN Foundation, AKO Foundation, GiveOne, and Caterpillar Foundation.
While TerraFund for AFR100 encompasses a number of projects across the diverse continent of Africa, each one has a unique story to tell. Together, they form an incredible mosaic of action that will transform lives and improve landscape connectivity, allowing biodiversity to take up space, migrate, and thrive again.
At the 2020 World Economic Forum, AstraZeneca announced its AZ Forest program in partnership with One Tree Planted, setting an ambitious goal to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025. As part of this larger initiative, we’re working together on a multi-year project to plant 25 million trees for bushfire recovery across Australia. This project is one the largest in Australia's history and the planting area spans an area of approximately 20,000 hectares of land (equivalent to 1/3 the size of Manhattan) and create habitat for dozens of endangered species.
The project is harnessing local knowledge, providing economic opportunities for Traditional Owners and rural communities through seed collection, planting and long-term stewardship. This includes creating as many as 890 jobs across regional Australia throughout the five year span and engaging up to 150 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous business sub-contractors, seed suppliers and nurseries. In addition, the trees will sequester an estimated 4.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over a 25-year crediting period, equivalent to the emissions produced by 920,000 cars running for an entire year.
Notably, British Columbia is home to incredible and iconic biodiversity like the Canada Lynx, Snowy Owl, Moose, and more. Forests cover 2/3 of the province – an area of almost 60 million hectares. Sadly, insect pests and diseases have decimated enormous areas of forest. These dead trees become fuel for wildfires, and in summer 2017 B.C. experienced its worst wildfire in history, with over 1.2 million hectares burned.
Our reforestation partners are experts in rehabilitating B.C. forests and ensuring they have a sustainable future. Help us plant trees in British Columbia to help reduce the damage from beetle infestations, lessen the impact of wildfires, provide habitat for B.C.'s abundant wildlife like the moose and grizzly bear, and preserve the province's natural beauty for generations to come.
One Tree Planted is partnered with Global Forest Generation to support Accion Andina, the first multi-country, large-scale, grassroots initiative to restore the high altitude native forests of South America's high Andes. Since 2020, together with Accion Andina's indigenous and local communities, we have planted 1,125,000 Polylepis trees, with another 1,200,000 trees that will wrap up planting in early 2023. That may sound like a lot of trees (it is), but our work in the Andes is far from done, and we look forward to continuing to work with our awesome partners in the region.
The trees planted will help restore wetlands, safeguard existing forest, and protect critical Amazon headwaters. Working with local and indigenous communities, the seeds are collected from nearby Polylepis forests and grown by local and indigenous people in community nurseries. Once ready, they're planted on designated lands to expand existing forests, or to seed new ones in historically deforested areas. By planting a "green ring" of Polylepis forests beneath the Andes’ melting glaciers, runoff can be captured and stored naturally, then slowly released back to communities below. This will help to stabilize their water supply — even during the dry season. In the process, the ecosystem benefits, people benefit, and an entire watershed ranging from the misty heights of the Andes to the Amazon Basin below is protected and rejuvenated.
Tune in as we virtually travel the globe, highlighting our amazing tree planting partners and projects from the past month.
Forest Note Video Series
Ever wonder what it’s like to work on the One Tree Planted Projects team or curious about the work that goes into managing our diverse projects around the world? Join us as we visit with our incredible reforestation partners to see first-hand the work they are doing on the ground. Generally, this extends far beyond planting trees to include community engagement, wildlife protection, environmental education, and so much more.Ever wonder what it’s like to work on the One Tree Planted Projects team or curious about the work that goes into managing our diverse projects around the world? Join us as we visit with our incredible reforestation partners to see first-hand the work they are doing on the ground. Generally, this extends far beyond planting trees to include community engagement, wildlife protection, environmental education, and so much more.
For this month's first reforestation update we’re wrapping up our 60,000 tree planting project that began planting last September in Brazil. Next up we are wrapping up a project in Haiti which planted 100,000 trees using an agroforestry based model. We have just begun planting in Guatemala as part of our 370,000 tree project that is restoring the southwest coast. Finally, we explore our project in the Lake Tahoe area which has just begun and plans to plant 20,000 trees to reforest over 200 burned forests.
This month, we are starting to plant more than 250,000 trees in Romania in an effort to restore degraded lands of the Carpathian basin. Next up we are planting 21,000 trees in Port Orford, Oregon. Then, a 190,000 mangrove restoration project with Osa Conservation in Costa Rica will restore 40 hectares of critical mangrove habitat. Finally, we explore our project where we will plant over 700,000 trees to help the orcas in the Pacific Northwest taking place across 50+ Watersheds throughout California, Oregon, Washington, BC.
In this month's episodes, we are starting to plant 200,000 trees in Australia with the foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. Next up is our project that has just started in Scotland and will be planting 116,400this year. Texas is our next reforestation update, where we have just started planting 54,000 longleaf pine trees. Finally, we explore our tree planting project in Oregon, where we just started planting 134,800 trees across 10 Sites throughout the North Santiam Watershed Council boundary from now until March this year.
This month's first update is for our 7,500 tree planting project in New Zealand. This project aims to restore 5 kilometers of the Papakura Stream over the next 3 years. Next up is our project in Hoopa California on tribal lands where we will be planting 187,000 trees over the next 5 months. Guatemala is our next update, where we will be planting 510,000 trees in 37 different communities in December. Finally, we explore our tree planting project in Malawi, where we just started planting 500,000 indigenous and fruit trees.
In this update, we cover our 1 million trees project in western Australia, where we are planting in a region that has been historically deforested for agriculture development. Next is our recently completed Hawaiian project, with 40,000 trees over the last 9 months to increase ecosystem diversity. Then, we discuss Portugal, where we are starting to plant 100,000 as part of the "Free Trees for Portugal" project. Finally, we explore our project in Brazil where we will be planting 950,000 trees in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.
This month we are wrapping up our Ethiopia project in the Amhara national regional state, where we planted 150,000 trees. Our community-based project in Maine has also just begun where we will be planting 5,000 trees into the spring of 2022. Over in England, we are planting 12,000 trees across Devon county, which has only about 10% tree coverage. Finally, we talk about our Plant a Tree Day campaign, where we've organized 60 global events.
In this update, we go over our project in Puntarenas, Costa Rica where we are wrapping up our 10,000 trees project in the coastal maritime zone of the beaches. Next, we take you to India where we are planting trees in the 12 districts in Punjab, India. Then, we discuss the finalizing of our 100,000 trees project in Ghana, Africa. To conclude, we cover our planting project of 100,000 trees in the state of Acre, in the southwest region of the Brazilian Amazon.
In this month's episode, we discuss 3 reforestation projects taking place across the globe starting with New Brunswick, then Australia, and finally Thailand. In our Deep Dive, we feature our nursery project in Paicho, Uganda, where our partner is creating a network of rural nursery hubs.
In this update, we share our reforestation project in Haiti, our planting with the United States Forest Service in the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota, and our Mexican projectthat is starting this month. Fimb-0nally, our Deep Dive features a trip to our largest post wildlife restoration project in California.
In this episode, we cover our awesome projects in the Philippines, Australia, and also our mangrove project in Sri Lanka. This month's Deep Dive features One Tree Planted's own Ross and Malcolm, who take us to Costa Rica where they explore Osa Conservation's Ridge to Reef restoration project.
This month, we present our Old Growth Management Areas project in British Columbia, we update you on a unique regenerative agroforestry project in the Milano, Italy, and go back to the USA where we have partnered with Living Lands & Waters to participate in their million trees program. Then, Nicole takes you on her Earth Month journey across California & the west coast.
This month we are planting trees all over the world, covering 4 projects from four key of our regions: Africa (Uganda), Europe (Iceland), North America (Texas). Finally, we take you on an extra special Deep Dive into our upcoming Earth Day event in the Caribbean (Barbados).
In this update, we're looking at our tree planting projects in Brazil, Moonlight Fire Restoration in California, Vietnam and an extra special deep dive segment on our project in Malawi.
Our deep dive this month features a mining restoration project, where we are reforesting an old mining sits in Pennsylvania, USA, and we're also featuring a new planting project in Scotland and some more tree updates from Ethiopia and Indonesia!
In this episode, we explore Guatemala, our Amazonian Project, Ghana, California and an amazing Deep Dive on Project Orca.
Tune in to get updates on our projects in Indonesia, Rwanda, California, India and find out about our successes from Plant a Tree Day.
Forest Note Video Series
Ever wonder what it’s like to work on the One Tree Planted Projects team or curious about the work that goes into managing our diverse projects around the world? Join us as we visit with our incredible reforestation partners to see first-hand the work they are doing on the ground. Generally, this extends far beyond planting trees to include community engagement, wildlife protection, environmental education, and so much more.
Forest Note: Episode 6
Rain water harvesting in dry areas with our Tanzania partner The Lead Foundation. Here we learn about how our on the ground partner The Lead Foundation, together with the indigenous Maasai community, are focused on rainwater harvesting. In order to restore and retain water, bands are dug to ensure that grass can grow. This grass is essential to the farmers in this area, as it provides grazing for their livestock.
Forest Note: Episode 5
Tanzania provides a peek behind the scenes of a recent site visit to one of our Terrafund for AFR100 projects. One Tree Planted Africa Project Manager Grace Buruka and Forestry Specialist Ross Bernet visit with The Lead Foundation and Just Dig It. Here, we learn about their innovative practice of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration to regenerate trees in degraded landscapes.
Forest Note: Episode 4
Conserving Biodiversity Through Reforestation in Uganda provides a peek behind the scenes of a recent site visit to one of our Terrafund for AFR100 projects. One Tree Planted Africa Project Managers Grace Buruka & Teresa Muthoni, and Forestry Specialist Ross Bernet visit with on the ground partner Eco Trust, a Uganda-based conservation trust. This visit finds us in Uganda’s Masindi District, in an area of the Northern Albertine Rift that historically was a large block of forest but has become fragmented over time.
Forest Note: Episode 3
Uganda finds us in a markedly different setting from the previous episode: at a One Tree Planted-led networking and learning session with nine of our reforestation partners in Uganda. These sessions provide an important opportunity for our reforestation partners to connect in person and share their successes and their challenges with each other. They also provide key insights for our Project Managers.
Forest Note: Episode 2
Uganda provides a peek behind the scenes of a recent site visit to one of our Terrafund for AFR100 projects in Uganda. One Tree Planted Forestry Specialist Ross Bernet shows Africa Project Manager Teresa Muthoni how to operate a drone, an important tool for monitoring reforestation projects. Drones can create a 360 panorama, which is really powerful for helping understand the context and extent of an entire planting site. This is very valuable for monitoring and planning.
Forest Note: Episode 1
Tanzania provides a peek behind the scenes of a recent site visit to one of our Terrafund for AFR100 projects. One Tree Planted Forestry Specialist Ross Bernet and Africa Project Managers Teresa Muthoni & Grace Buruka visit Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, a haven for biodiversity that happens to be located near some of our Tanzania project sites.
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