VIDEO: Our Forests Are Our Heritage
Our forests are a treasured legacy providing the very necessities of life itself — clean air, healthy drinking water, a tolerable climate, and so much more. But these majestic lands are threatened by insects, disease, and devastating wildfires.
In 2018, the Foundation planted more than 6.7 million trees in forests through partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and international partners. And the impact is far-reaching.
Our reforestation work included extensive fire restoration in the western portion of the U.S. After a decade of severe, often record-breaking fires, large swaths of forest in California, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, and Nebraska were left barren.
Many of our replanting projects also focused on improving and maintaining water quality. Healthy watersheds are critical to healthy waterways, and a big contributing factor in all of this is trees. Our replanting efforts in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Chesapeake Bay watershed area in Pennsylvania, and the Willamette Basin in Oregon are just a few of the projects that are improving the health of our river systems.