Thursday, January 10, 2019

Forests and Water


Forests and Water and Humans - Connected


Did you know that 50% of US drinking water comes from forests? Forests within the US absorb around 15% of the country’s emissions, and just 2 acres of forests provide the oxygen needed by 500 people. Today, we will focus on just a few organizations that plant trees.

Please visit the sites and learn how you can purchase trees in honor of a loved one, as a gift to a friend, as a random act of kindness for to someone who wants to plant trees but can’t. You can volunteer at any of these organizations in a myriad of different ways. You can help by sharing any of the many organizations out there that alleviate poverty in the world and remediate areas damaged by climate change, floods, and fire, reduce urban greenhouse effect and reduce hunger related issues.


https://friendsoftrees.org

This nonprofit was founded in 1989 and since then has become a “regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas”. In 2018 alone their 7000+ volunteers planted 56, 249 trees and native shrubs– bringing the total planted by this organization to over 750,000! They work with many cities, farms and landowners from Portland, Salem, Eugene, Springfield (Oregon, US) to Vancouver (BC, Canada).


AmericanForests.org tends to focus on replanting important endangered and threatened eco-systems “including the Northern Great Lakes, Northern Rockies and Cascades, and Lower Rio Grande Valley”. They also participate in urban tree canopy projects, which reduce the intense heat generated by blacktop, reflective surfaces, cement and other contributing factors in a city.

Another great resource to check out is the Alliance for Community Trees, and other programs that are offered through the Arbor Day Foundation – arborday.org



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