Happy Earth Month! We’re so proud to announce that through our partnership with the American Forests Global ReLeaf program and with your help, more than 50,000 trees have been planted in the US!
In California’s Lassen National Forests, 1,577 trees were planted to help restore the areas that fell victim to wildfire. In Markleeville, CA, 25,000 Jeffrey Pines were added to bring life back to a forest that was severely damaged after an illegal campfire. Rokform’s contribution to the Gold Planting Project also helped plant 11,127 trees in Tahoe National Forest to help diversify the plant species.
In Montana, 5,000 Ponderosa Pines have been planted to help restore durability and tolerance to wind and soil erosion in the forest.
“Rokform is committed to giving back, and seeing such great results from this partnership with American Forests encourages us to continue to do more,” says our CEO, Jeff Whitten. “It’s inspiring to see the results of our contribution, and to know the specific areas where we have had a positive impact.”
Since 1990, American Forests Global ReLeaf has planted more than 44 million trees to restore forest ecosystems in every state across the U.S. and 39 countries around the world. Rokfom is so happy to be part of their effort. Through local partnerships, Global ReLeaf is able to involve individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations in tree planting projects that restore local and global ecosystems.
“Our forests provide tremendous benefits for all of us, including clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, and places for recreation and relaxation,” says Scott Steen, American Forests CEO. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Rokform to help restore damaged forest ecosystems. Partners like Rokform help us make a real difference for the environment and the natural world.”
Here are just a few fun tree facts from American Forests:
· A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
· One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.
· According to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating.”
· The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
· In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.
· For every five percent of tree cover added to a community, stormwater runoff is reduced by approximately two percent.
· Healthy trees provide wildlife habitat and contribute to the social and economic well-being of landowners and community residents.