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Benefits of Planting Gift Trees in U.S. National Forests

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When a cherished individual passes away, their memory endures through the profound impact they made on the lives of others within their community. A life intertwined with others, leaving an indelible mark, becomes invaluable in every community, organization, fellowship, and family. Opting for the planting of a memorial tree allows us to preserve and honor the departed’s meaningful life. This tangible symbol reminds family and friends that their influence persists beyond their physical presence. Whether you are planting a tree in memory of a friend or family member or for someone in your close circle coping with loss, the tree serves as a means of remembrance and solace and contributes positively to the environment!

U.S. National Forests vs. Elsewhere

By strategically planting trees within National Forests, we are making a long-term commitment to fostering robust forests that will benefit both present and future generations. Collaboratively, we aim to replenish extensive areas of habitat, safeguarding watersheds crucial for sustaining life in numerous communities and our populous cities. This collective effort ensures preserving and enhancing essential resources for countless generations.

3 Biggest Benefits

In instances where wildfires, insects, or diseases impact National Forests, the strategic introduction of saplings plays a crucial role in expediting the recovery of the forest. The planting of trees following disturbances, and the reforestation of native species, contributes significantly to the United States and our forests in three key ways:

  1. National Forests stand as the primary source of freshwater in the United States, catering to the water needs of millions in towns and cities. Reforestation actively combats soil erosion, ensuring that our forests can effectively filter and provide clean water, essential for our well being.
  2. National Forests serve as habitats for an incredibly diverse array of wildlife. These lands support over 3,000 vertebrate species and countless invertebrates, with nearly one-third of federally listed threatened and endangered species (over 400 species) relying on National Forest environments.
  3. U.S. forests are vital in offsetting 10 to 20 percent of the country’s annual emissions. Reforestation initiatives contribute to sustaining and enhancing the carbon sequestration capacity of National Forests, thereby mitigating the impacts of global climate change. Additionally, forests act as natural air conditioners, providing localized cooling effects that help regulate temperatures.

Rely on Professionals

The process of planting trees extends beyond the simplistic act of digging a hole and placing the tree in the ground; it involves a level of complexity often underestimated by many. To thoroughly understand the proper tree planting technique, it is crucial to recognize that there is a right way and a wrong way to plant a tree. Getting it done right is critical in ensuring the long-term survivability of the tree.

How a tree is planted significantly influences its subsequent growth, development, overall health, and aesthetic qualities in the upcoming seasons. Improperly planted trees may develop structural weaknesses, pose potential hazards as they mature, and exhibit undesirable characteristics. It is advisable to seek the expertise of professionals to ensure the cultivation of a tree that will proudly endure for centuries within a national forest!

The Gifted Tree started planting trees in Ireland in 2013, and we now plant gift trees in National Forests around the globe. The Gifted Tree works with well-established, non-profit  tree planting partners on six continents to ensure your tree is planted as promised and in the right way. These organizations have been doing this for years, and we have been working with them for years, and have foresters on location to help with the planting of the trees and their subsequent maintenance. The hundred thousand gift trees we have planted are helping to restore National Forests destroyed by fire or disease and reforesting tree-depleted areas ravaged by the effects of climate change.