Together We Planted It Forward
March 2017 marked the successful end of our campaign to plant 5,000 trees. In partnership with our clients and the National Forest Foundation, Four Seasons Tree Care pledged a part of every job we performed from April 2016 to March 2017 towards the planting of trees. We called the campaign Plant it Forward.
Four Seasons Tree Care has always given back to the community through donations of time and funds to a variety of non-profit and charitable groups, but we wanted to do something that would connect on a profound level with our clients and our area of expertise. Every Californian is aware of the incredible number of trees lost to drought, bark beetle and wildfire in recent years. The National Forest Foundation’s Trees for US program, which matches corporate donors with replanting efforts in national forests across the country, seemed like the perfect fit for us.
Nearly two million acres of National Forest are in urgent need of reforestation as the result of fire, pests, or disease. The U.S. Forest Service isn’t required to replant trees in areas affected by natural disasters and they don’t receive funding to do so. Instead, they partner with companies and private citizens to raise the money needed to restore these areas. This spring, the National Forest Foundation will plant our 5,000 trees in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest in areas decimated by wildfire.
Located in Central Oregon, Ochoco National Forest comprises forests of mostly ponderosa pines, fir and larch, as well as grass prairies that boast wildflowers and large populations of deer, elk and antelope. It is a popular area for day hikes and camping, and the eastern half of the forest offers many three-day hiking routes. Ochoco’s most recognizable feature is Steins Pillar, a 350-foot pillar formed by eruptions from the Cascade mountains that settled in an inland sea and eventually compacted to stone.
At the campaign’s end, every client that contributed to the campaign will receive a certificate of thanks and a formal report stating the number of trees that company contributed. Clients that contributed 100 or more trees will be recognized with a special badge.
Because of the success of the Plant it Forward campaign we have already started planning the next phase. Stay tuned for details.