Appalachia is one of America’s most beautiful and iconic regions. Stretching from the state of New York, all the way down to Alabama and Georgia, Appalachia is not only home to its namesake Appalachian Trail, but also the Ozarks and Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 150 tree species can be found in the region, making it one of the most diverse ecological regions in North America. Unfortunately, the resource wealth of the region also means much of the forest has been degraded by unsustainable mining and timber operations. Over the years, an estimated 83% of natural habitat has been lost.
This project is a five year, multi-state effort. Supporting this project will return formerly unproductive mining, logging, and agricultural land to balance. Planting trees here will also benefit nearby communities as hydrological function will be improved, providing them with better quality water. This project also creates meaningful jobs in communities suffering high rates of poverty and unemployment. Conservation practices will also be put into action to ensure the forests are maintained sustainably for many years to come.
Restoring degraded forests
Planting native tree species is critically important after deforestation, helping the entire ecosystem recover with both native flora and fauna. Without specialist tree planting, these areas become overrun with non-native invasive species.
Improve economic outcomes
Communities in Appalachia were hit particularly hard during the economic downturn of the last decade. This project provides jobs for skilled and unskilled workers, equipment operators, nursery operators, as well as the local tourism industry!
Protect wildlife habitat
As one of the most biologically diverse regions of North America, planting trees will help preserve the unique biodiversity of Appalachia. Salamanders, songbirds, and copperhead snakes are just a few of animals you will help.