Forests in Canada

Protecting old-growth forests in Canada
Continent North America
Country Canada
Costs per square metre 1 €
GPS Data of planting site 50.508772, -124.208199
Planting Partner Wilderness International

The temperate rainforests of Canada’s West Coast are a true jewel of nature. These ancient forests are home to ancient tree giants, up to 2000 years old and 100m high. Wild Grizzlies and howling wolves roam along crystal-clear rivers. It also stores large amounts of carbon and is essential for a healthy climate on our earth.

 

Wilderness International buys these wilderness areas legally secure with land title and protects them for all future. We leave them as they are, as undisturbed unique ecosystems, and only visit them for research and education projects. The purchases are refinanced by donations, which also cover costs for long-term protection. 1€ permanently protects 1m2. Donors receive a certificate with the exact geo-coordinates and an aerial picture of the protected area. 

 

The protected areas are located in the Toba Valley, 160 km north of Vancouver City and 100 km east of Campbell River, as well as on Porcher Island, 40km south of Prince Rupert and close to the Alaskan border. Numerous scientific institutions support our research projects on CO2-absorption and biodiversity in the coastal rainforests.

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Gonaives Agroforestry Planting Site

Gonaives
Agroforestry
Planting Site
Continent North America
Country Haiti
Costs per Tree $ 0.15
GPS Data of planting site 19.483365, -72.624678
Planting Partner Eden Reforestation Projects

The Haiti Reforestation Project restores tree cover by cultivating agroforestry systems that protect watersheds and improve food security. The project equips local farmers with the training,tools, and trees needed to design their plots, grow, and care for their trees while increasing their farms’ food production and biodiversity. Additionally, Eden began rolling out a large-scale mangrove restoration initiative in 2020 and has planted over 800,000 mangroves in one year. This agroforestry nursery is located in the Belanger community in northern Haiti. This region has a dry, neotropical climate with sparse tree cover and rugged topography. Many forests were initially cleared for logging, grazing, and agriculture during the colonial period, with the intensification of unsustainable charcoal production practices accelerating deforestation in recent years. Eden partners with local farmers to plant agroforestry trees such as orange (Citrussinensis), moringa (Moringa oleifera), and mango (Mangifera indica) to expand anddiversify food production, improve food security for the local population and to increase biodiversity.

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Volcano Valley Reforestation

Volcano Valley Reforestation
Continent North America
Country Mexico
Costs per Tree 1 €
GPS Data of planting site 19.305067, -99.679458
Planting Partner Plant for the Planet A.C, Mexico
The forests in Mexico, the most populous state in the country, are under increasing threat due to the destruction of large areas of forest through deforestation, forest fires and overgrazing. Poor management of natural resources is worsening the situation. Often the soil quality has already deteriorated to such an extent that natural regeneration of the forests is no longer realistic. Sustainable reforestation is the last option here to prevent further erosion by renewing protective vegetation and increasing soil fertility. As a result, the remaining forests and their resources can be saved for the future. With this goal in mind, Plant-for-the-Planet Mexico A.C. and PROBOSQUE, an organization assigned to the Mexican Ministry of the Environment, agreed to cooperate in the state of México (capital Toluca). By 2019, 2.8 million trees had been planted. The particular feature of this project is that the reforestation covers a total of 197 sub-areas of varying sizes, all of which are managed in small, mostly rural structures. Of these, 92 are jointly managed ejidos (a total of 1,913,775 trees), the remaining areas are divided between small farmers (619,925 trees) and cooperatives (290,300 trees). All restored sites have been declared protected areas. When selecting the newly planted trees, care was taken to ensure that a mixture of indigenous tree species suitable for this part of the country was selected. These include various species of pine, agaves, a mimosa species and the Mexican cypress. They integrate optimally into the still existing forests and by this contribute to the preservation of the local biodiversity of secondary plants and animals. By the end of 2020, we will have planted another 1,500,000 million trees together with the small farmers organized in cooperatives, thus spreading the responsibility of tree care over many shoulders. Further information about the project and partner.

Research Forest PlanBe

Research Forest PlanBe
Continent North America
Country Mexico
Costs per Tree 9 €
GPS Data of planting site 18.639256, -90.117655
Planting Partner Plant for the Planet A.C., Mexico

This new planting area, newly established in 2020, is not only intended to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. Plant-for-the-Planet also offers this area to research institutions for field trials. Located near a passable road, this area is very suitable for visits as well! Soon a visitor forest will lead you through the research area(s) and let you experience science “firsthand”. Furthermore, a tree nursery and a visitor center are planned for this site. The experiments have the potential to inform reforestation efforts globally as a proof-of-concept for the efficacy and potential impact of soil microbiome restoration. Plant-for-the-Planet Yucatan Reforestation project will be the first to implement the strategy at scale. Description Global forest ecosystems absorb and offset nearly 30 percent of anthropogenic CO2 emissions storing carbon in living plant biomass and soil. This makes global reforestation one of the most promising negative emissions technologies to date. Soil inoculation with native microbial communities increases seedling growth and survival as shown in greenhouse experiments as well as field trials in grassland ecosystems. In Yucatán a field experiment was created to directly test the impact of soil microbiome restoration on tree growth, survival and ecosystem carbon sequestration rates. 16,000 trees with and without soil microbiome inoculation from multiple environments were planted across the entire experiment. The scientists measure tree growth, survival and carbon sequestration. By comparing inoculated and un-inoculated treatments they will be able to directly measure the impact of soil microbiome on restoration outcomes.


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Yucatán Restoration

Yucatán
Restoration
Continent North America
Country Mexico
Costs per Tree 1 €
GPS Data of planting site 18.785798, -90.134383
Planting Partner Plant for the Planet A.C, Mexico

When the children and youth initiative took over the first area in 2015, it was a sad sight: vast areas had been degraded due to deforestation, cattle and logging of economically valuable trees. Our restoration team working on this project and the affiliated tree nursery is over 120 people strong. Our workers plant, on average, 5,500 seedlings per day and are placing and caring for over twenty different native tree species. Our own seed collecting program allows us to integrate native tree species into our restoration program that are important for restoring near-natural forests. Approximately 1,100 trees are planted per hectare. It’s possible for Plant-for-the-Planet to plant and care for one tree for one Euro. To date, around 9,650,000 seeds have been grown in the partnering nursery, of which 8,623,560 are seedlings that we can or could use for our forest restoration. By now, we ourselves have planted 6,332,664 seedlings in total. In addition, seedlings are also given to local farmers. Plant-for-the-Planet plans to restore 100 million trees in Mexico until 2030.

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