Reforesting America - restoring trees one at a time
Restoring trees to areas devastated by fires and insects
If you live in an area where fires seem to be part of the seasons, you have seen the devastation that they can cause. Mile after mile, the landscape is barren with just the stumps of the burned out trees. There are several different groups whose mission it is to reforest America. The California Federation of Woman's Clubs is one of the community level groups that is involved in raising money for the reforestation through the Penny Pines Project. It's a very simple program that has made a difference.There are other groups working towards the same goal. It is a big country and takes lots of people to make it happen.
The Penny Pines Project
Penny Pines is one way that helps to reforest America
In 1941, the San Francisco Sports-Woman's Association took up the challenge to reforest the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California. They determined that it would take 680 seedlings to plant one acre, with the seedlings at one cent each. There is no hard data on the money they collected but they did it with one penny at a time. The Penny Pines Reforestation Project was started. The reforestation program was so successful that money contributed to purchase seedlings soon far exceeded appropriated funds available for site preparation and for the actual planting job.
The National Garden Clubs Inc, partnered with the US Forest Service in 2004. They have affiliates across the country that have raised money on the local and state level for the Forest Service's Penny Pines Reforestation Project.
Today the California Forest Service has plantations in every national forest. The national forest in California cover 20 million acres or about 1/5th of the state. These forests include a variety of vegetation types. These are beautiful areas that have been ravaged by natural and man-made fires, insects and disease. The fires may be destructive but insets and disease destroy seven times more forest. The Penny Pines help with the conservation effort. Replanting provides erosion control, ground water preservation, wildlife habitats and future shade for recreational areas.
The National Garden Club accepts donations in multiples of $68.00. This was the cost of planting one acre when the Penny Pines Reforestation Program was first started in 1941 and has been retained as a minimum donation through the years. For each $68.00 donation, a certificate of appreciation and thank you note is sent to each donor. An initial donation from an organization or individual or one honoring a deceased person, may also have a memorial plaque installed at a Ranger District Penny Pines Memorial. The complete information is below.
The Penny Pines Reforestation Program began in California as a statewide reforestation program but has expanded to all 50 states.
More Information on the Penny Pines Project
- National Garden Clubs | Promoting the Love of Gardening, Floral Design, Civic, and Environmental Res
- Penny Pines Project
Read more about the Penny Pines Reforestation Project in the Cleveland National Forest. This is our closest National Forest but Penny Pines has many regional forest projects.
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
- Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
ARRI - An organization dedicated to restoring forests on previously coal mined lands.
Destroyed by fire
National Forest Foundation
The 2009 Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest was one of the biggest fires in California history. The National Forest Foundation in partnership with others is replanting the trees that were lost to preserve the watershed. They currently have several other areas where they are working and those are listed as well.
- National Forest Foundation
* Upper South Platte Watershed / Hayman Burn - Pike National Forest, CO * Whychus Creek & Metolius River - Deschutes National Forest, OR * Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, IL * Ozark Mountains - Ozark National Forest, AR * Station Fire Restora
Charities that support reforestation worldwide
Reforestation is worldwide. While the focus here is on America, there are many organizations that are reforesting the world. Each tree that is replanted makes the world a better place.
- Carbon Fund
Reduce what you can, offset what your can't is there motto. Check out your carbon footprint and donate if you are able. Read about their current projects. Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative Location: USA The Lower Mississipp
- Global ReLeaf
The Global ReLeaf network extends through every state and territory in America, as well as 80 countries worldwide. More than 33 million trees have been planted in more than 629 forest restoration and community forest projects. Click on their map to