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Global Reforestation Projects

We directly support regions where reforestation has the most impact.
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What is reforestation and why is it important?

Reforestation is the act of planting trees in places where trees have been lost due to natural causes, such as storms and fire, and human causes, such as logging and agriculture. It is important to restore trees because they play an important role in ecosystems for animals and humans as providers of food, shelter, and air and water filtration.

How does reforestation affect the carbon cycle?

Trees play an important role in the carbon cycle as carbon sinks. Through photosynthesis, they convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into forms of carbon that can be stored in the tree’s leaves, trunk, and roots. In fact, for most trees, 50% of their mass is carbon.

How does reforestation work?

Reforestation can happen naturally, such as following a forest fire when the heat of the fire helps certain tree seeds become viable, but typically it is carried out by large, organized projects in which trees can be planted as seeds or as saplings. There are some reforestation projects that are being carried out using drones!

What is an example of a successful tree planting program?

There are lots of good examples of tree planting programs around the world! We support a few of those projects on our website, in areas where reforestation is most important like the Amazon rainforest. A couple other famous examples include The Green Belt Movement in Kenya, which has planted over 51 million trees, and the effort led by Conservation International to plant over 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon.

What impact does reforestation have on the environment?

Reforestation provides many natural benefits to locals and can play a vital role on a global scale by providing oxygen as well as removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forests are considered the lungs of the Earth. Trees provide food, shelter, and water filtration.

What happens during reforestation?

Typically, land that was used for agriculture and farming is reclaimed by planting seedlings where trees used to grow. It is important that these seedlings remain protected and are allowed to grow to their full height.

How does reforestation help global warming?

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, meaning that it helps to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere from the Sun. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis, and so they help to reduce the effect of greenhouse gases on global warming.

How does planting trees help the community?

Planting trees offers a lot of benefits to the communities where they are planted! The most obvious and often most important is the way that the roots of trees are able to filter ground water. This is especially important near farm land. They also help provide clean air to breathe, and, when they’re planted near houses, provide shade that can help lower energy costs.

How does reforestation increase biodiversity?

Trees are a great place for all kinds of animals to live! So, very naturally, planting trees helps attract animals to the neighborhood. Ecosystems with greater biodiversity are also more resistant to change, meaning that more trees help sustain ecosystems around the world as they deal with the effects of climate change.

How many trees does it take to reforest an acre?

It depends on the type of tree! Typically, you can plant between 300 to 800 trees in an acre when the soil has plenty of nutrients and the area receives enough rainfall. In the rainforest, where the soil is fertile and there is plenty of rain, some acres hold over 1,000 trees.

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