Why Our Trees do the Most Good
The U.S. Forest Service has identified MILLIONS of acres of National Forest land that are in "desperate need of restoration," areas where fire has destroyed the forest beyond its natural ability to regrow itself. Our trees are always planted in these special areas- the areas that need the most help right now. Forests that used to be thriving and green would be dead and desolate for decades to come without our help. Planting trees with us offers these forests new hope.
What Sets Us Apart
We are the ONLY tree gift company that does all this:
*We plant the trees and we know exactly where they are
*We personally take photos of our baby trees and post them on the website
*We offer a name registry, tree location info and even the option to visit the trees
Why We Can't Offer More Choice in Planting Areas
Our mission here at Trees for a Change is to provide thoughtful, meaningful gifts that live on to restore these devastated forest lands. We aren't just about planting trees, but planting trees where they will do the very most good. It would be nice if we could offer more choice in planting areas, but our priority is planting our trees where they are needed most. We hope you agree that when it comes to giving a thoughtful and meaningful gift that is about LIFE, a gift that truly honors the recipient, putting the trees where that life will make the biggest difference is the best thing we could possibly do.
People appreciate our integrity, transparency and passion for trees- which is why our reviews are outstanding. (Yup! All those reviews below are legit!)
We know that when you order from Trees for a Change, you are placing your trust in us, and we take that very seriously.There are a few other organizations that plant trees as gifts, and you will not find evidence of actual tree plantings on their websites. Do they visit the trees? No. Can they show you photos of the trees? No. Are they actually planting the trees? Who knows. You can count on us to plant your tree because for us, it is all about the trees and the relationships we've built with our customers. We value integrity and transparency, so we give you as much information about our trees as we can. Knowing that together we can make positive changes for people and the environment is the reason we are in business.
When Fire is Actually Good for a Forest
Once in a while people ask us to explain why some fire burned forests will grow back while others will not. If a forest is healthy and not overcrowded, often a fire that comes through will only burn the underbrush and a few younger trees and leave the older trees to grow bigger and stronger. The fire may have even helped open up some pine cones, and the char on the ground acts as fertilizer to help a few new baby trees grow. In these conditions, we might look at fire as helpful- it's nature's way to prevent overcrowding in the forest.
However, depending on the circumstances of a fire, the species of the trees, and the initial health of the forest, some fires will rip through a forest and consume everything- burning old growth trees, young trees, pine cones. These types of fires are extremely damaging to the local ecosystem, as all of the trees and other plants are burned up, mass numbers of animals are displaced, elaborate systems of fungi and lichen are destroyed, and soil erosion becomes a huge problem. These types of forests are not able to restore themselves because everything is wiped out, and it is in these fire burned areas that our trees are planted.
The Dirt on Our Trees
*Trees for a Change gift trees are planted in U.S. National Forests to replace trees destroyed by wildfire, disease or insects.
*Since 2004, the U.S. has seen an extreme number of wildfires, leaving record numbers of acres devastated.
*The Forest Service has recently identified over one million acres of National Forest land that is in desperate need of reforestation.
*Our trees are planted and cared for by Forest Service tree experts who specialize in reforestation. They choose which National Forests can benefit the most from our program.
*Planting only tree species that are native to the surrounding area optimizes growing conditions and ensures that each tree has a healthy beginning.
*Your tree gift will grow to restore habitat and food for wildlife, provide clean air, prevent soil erosion and add beauty to our National Forests for many future generations.
*Trees are the earth's longest-living organisms. The average tree in one year is able to absorb ten pounds of pollutants from the air and convert 330 pounds of carbon dioxide into oxygen.
*Trees for a Change Tree Gifts are a wonderful and generous way to celebrate or memorialize someone special. A tree planted right now will benefit all the inhabitants of our planet for years and years to come. One Tree Gift really can change the world!