Give the Gift of Tree Planting with Plant a Billion Trees
Celebrate the holiday season or a significant occasion, or recognize someone special by giving the gift of trees today. Not only will each $10 gift plant as many as five trees, it will help maintain and steward these forests for years to come. The more you give, the more trees NC will plant in celebration.
The Plant a Billion Trees campaign is a long term project set by The Nature Conservancy to help prevent extinction of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. This tropical forest has long been in decline due to the expansion of urban areas, grazing of cattle in agricultural areas, and additional forest problems such as illegal logging. This decline has shrunk the forest to only twelve percent of its original area, with only seven percent well conserved. This destruction has had both long-term and short term effects on the ecosystem, fresh water supply, and people living in the area, as species have become endangered due to a lack of protection, clean water, and clean air supply.
To date, the campaign has planted 9,935,354 trees and counting through donations, partnerships, and additional support. Rebuilding this forest can help improve water areas, such as watersheds, to help keep water clean and available for drinking. In addition, more trees will help reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon in the area helping to offset emissions by vehicles.
Rebuilding this area is also a natural way to help preserve and protect the ecosystem. With increased plants and available surroundings, ecosystems can work naturally to prevent further endangerment and help foster continued growth.
Trees being planted in this area include the fast growing Guapuruvu Tree, the weed and erosion control Ice-Cream Bean Tree, the popular ornamental Golden Trumpet Tree, and high fruit producing Capororoca Tree.