Current Restoration Projects
Blackwater River State Forest | Ontario (Trees Ontario) | Cuyamaca Rancho State Park | United Kingdom (Woodland Trust) | Bastrop State Park | Boise National Forest | Flight 93 Memorial | Los Padres National Forest
Blackwater River State Forest
Blackwater River State Forest is an 189,848-acre gem located near Pensacola, in the scenic Florida panhandle. This is one of the largest forests in the state and is named for the meandering river that runs through the forest and empties into Blackwater Bay. The Blackwater River is just one of many waterways that make their way through this longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystem. The Coldwater, Sweetwater, and Juniper Creeks are also well-known recreation attractions in the forest.
The once thriving longleaf pine ecosystem has declined over decades due to fires, storms, development, and undermanagement. This critical tree species once covered more than 60 million acres of the coastal plain; it now spans only 3 million acres. Planting new longleaf pine trees, the hallmark of the ecosystem, is critical to preserve and expand the forest. The many plants and animals that are classified as threatened, endangered, or of concern in this area are relying on a healthy forest ecosystem to thrive.
In 2013, our partners with the Florida Forest Service are planting nearly 2,000 acres of rolling hills and broad flood plains. More than 1.4 million longleaf pine trees are needed to reach goals of turning this forest back over to longleaf pine, which once dominated this landscape.
Ontario (Trees Ontario)
Restoration Project Overview
Trees Ontario is a not-for-profit tree planting partnership that works with local planting partners, including conservation authorities, stewardship councils, forestry consultants and local community groups to increase Ontario’s forest cover and enhance the province’s natural biodiversity in the face of climate change through tree-planting efforts.
The planting project is a collaboration between Trees Ontario and the Essex Region Conservation Authority to plant 15,000 trees in an effort to help increase the forest cover of Essex County. While experts have determined that a healthy and sustainable ecosystem requires a minimum of 30% forest cover, Essex County has only about 5% forest cover. There is a considerable and urgent need for forest restoration efforts in Essex County due to poor air and water quality in the region. A major concern is the phosphorus loading and soil erosion as a result of heavy agriculture land use. Essex County also has the second-lowest forest cover in all of Ontario with poor connectivity of the region’s scattered woodlots and highly fragmented and degraded forests. To make matters worse, the region is estimated to have lost more than 1 million trees to the Emerald Ash Borer.
In April of 2013, Trees Ontario, in partnership with Enterprise, planted a variety of 15,000 native Carolinian hardwood species to create new forests and to enhance the biodiversity and habitat of the surrounding landscape. These new forests will contribute to the re-greening of the community and will help the municipality work towards meeting its immediate goal of 12% forest cover.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Forty miles east of San Diego, in the Laguna Mountains, lies a high-elevation west coast forest known for broadleaf and conifer trees living in harmony—a rarity in southern California. The Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is 24,000 acres of fir, pine, and oak forest which is home to a diverse representation of animals including cougar, coyote, red-tailed hawk, and the California ground squirrel. The park is also well known by visitors and locals for its vast wilderness, protected watersheds, wildlife habitat, and botanical reserve.
The 280,000-acre Cedar Fire of 2003, driven by the Santa Ana winds, had a devastating impact on the park as well as on inhabitants of the area. Fifteen people lost their lives and thousands of homes were lost due to one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California history. Tree mortality was more than 90% in much of the forest. Future seed source was lost.
In 2013, California State Parks continued planting new trees on this multi-year fire restoration project. Help is desperately needed to fund the 50,000 pine, fir, and cedar trees which cover more than 300 acres identified for restoration in early 2013. These trees will help restore areas that burned so hot that future seed source and habitat would, without our help, otherwise not return.
United Kingdom (Woodland Trust)
Restoration Project Overview
The Arbor Day Foundation’s partner, Woodland Trust, is an organization striving to help foster a country rich in native woods to recognize that trees should be enjoyed and valued by everyone. Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust is the United Kingdom’s leading woodland conservation charity. Over the past 30 years, Woodland Trust has acquired and restored more than 1,000 woodland sites covering more than 50,000 acres. Their goals are accomplished through planting trees with many different partners, protecting native woods and their associated wildlife, and inspiring others to enjoy and value woodlands and trees.
In the second year of this partnership, the plan continues to be the creation of new forestland on Ministry of Defense sites, all of which offer enormous benefits for nature, wildlife, and the environment as well as great opportunities for volunteer engagement. The United Kingdom continues to be one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just 13% woodland cover compared with the European average of 44%. Enterprise and Arbor Day Foundation involvement is already making a huge difference. We are building upon the momentum of this new partnership with 100,000 newly planted trees in 2013.
Plantings January–March 2013:
- Winterbourne Gunner, Wiltshire – 5 ha (4,800 trees)
- Wethersfield, Essex – Phase 1 26 ha (25,000 trees) planted (total project 79 ha). Woodland Trust invited Enterprise's South Regional Office to attend a tree planting event during the week commencing February 4th. This is also one of the 60 Diamond Jubilee Woods.
- Bordon, Hants – Phase 2 plantings 2.5ha (3,200 trees)
Plantings November–December 2013:
- Deptford Down, Wiltshire – 50 ha
- Catterick, N Yorks – 40 ha
- Magilligan, Northern Ireland – 20 ha
- Condor, Angus – 38 ha (also a Diamond Jubilee Wood)
- Wethersfield, Essex – Phase 2–30 ha
Bastrop State Park
Bastrop County in central Texas is home to Bastrop State Park, a popular and nearby destination for families, students, and outdoor enthusiasts from the thriving Austin metropolitan area. Bastrop features the westernmost stand of loblolly pines in the United States, separated from the main body of East Texas pines by more than 100 miles, giving the Bastrop State Park trees the nickname the “Lost Pines of Texas.” The unique pine and oak woodland has been known for its diverse wildlife habitat for fauna that includes the giant pileated woodpecker, amadillo, and the largest mating group of the endangered Houston toad.
On September 4, 2011, three separate wildfires in and around Bastrop, Texas, eventually merged into one fire named the Bastrop County Complex Fire. The fire spread quickly across the drought-ridden landscape of central Texas, inflicting significant damage on the landscape of central Texas. By October 29, when the fire was finally declared extinguished, 95% of Bastrop State Park and 32,400 acres of the Lost Pines Forest ecosystem were burned.
In the late fall and early winter of 2013, the Arbor Day Foundation will work with our partners in the Texas Forest Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife to plant 500,000 new loblolly pine trees to begin the healing and continue the historic legacy of the Lost Pines ecosystem in central Texas. Without our help, this unique tract of forest which has persisted here for more than 18,000 years, will struggle to naturally regenerate on its own.
Boise National Forest
The mountainous landscape of Boise National Forest lies just to the northeast of Boise, Idaho. More than 2.6 million acres of forest protect and filter the water that originates on the landscape. The Payette, Boise, and the south and middle fork of the Salmon River reside in this critical watershed. Mule deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, salmon, and trout are just a few species that make their home within the confines of this stunning forest.
The Red Mountain and Sheep Trail wildfires burned approximately 42,000 acres of the Lowman Ranger District during the 2006 and 2007 fire seasons. In addition to these more-recent fires, the greater Bear Valley area has been affected by several other wildfires over the last decade. The need to step in and plant trees is high priority. Natural regeneration of the burned areas would take decades to recover and non-native species and fire-prone bush would dominate the new landscape without our help.
To speed recovery of these intensely burned areas, the silviculturists on the Lowman District planted Douglasfir and whitebark pine in the spring and this fall. Much of June was spent planting the lower elevation Douglasfir and the higher elevation whitebark pine will go in the ground in September. As necessary partners on this project, Enterprise and the Arbor Day Foundation can begin providing important watershed protection and habitat improvement immediately.
Flight 93 Memorial
Restoration Project Overview
The Flight 93 National Memorial is a spectacular, newly dedicated 2,200 acre national park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This hallowed land is a permanent tribute to the forty men and women who lost their lives to save many others on September 11, 2001.
The park is located on reclaimed coal mine land. Though historically forested, the reclaimed land now consists of compacted soils and thin tree stands due to years of coal extraction. For this planting to be successful, many partners are coming together to lend their expertise and guidance. Some of these partners include the Office of Surface Mining (Department of Interior), Pennsylvania Department and Bureau of Forestry, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, Green Forest Works, and the American Chestnut Foundation.
In April of 2013, many partners came together to plant trees on two different parcels of land totaling more than fifty acres. These are some of the most visible and prominent areas of the park. In 2013 alone, more than a quarter of a million visitors will pass by these new trees on their way to the memorial plaza and the wall of names.
Los Padres National Forest
Restoration Project Overview
Los Padres National Forest stretches more than 200 miles from north to south and encompasses 1.75 million acres of beautiful landscape in south central California. The forest is comprised of redwood, mixed conifer, and oak woodlands which give shelter to more than 450 different fish and wildlife species. The boundaries of the national forest include Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties.
In September and October of 2006, the Derby Fire burned 163,908 acres on Los Padres. The U.S. Forest Service immediately put together a management plan to replant more than 17,000 acres of land that was considered high severity. The forest has approximately eight percent of its land base as conifer forest. This number has declined considerably due to major wildfires that have burned in the last decade and needs to be reversed to restore its natural state.
In February of 2013, our partners with the U.S. Forest Service will be planting Jeffrey, sugar, and ponderosa pine trees on more than 500 acres lost to wildfire. Together, we can help restore critical areas in southern California that could be lost to invasive fire-prone brush without the support from Enterprise and the Arbor Day Foundation.
Canada (Tree Canada)
Restoration Project Overview
For twenty years, Tree Canada has engaged communities, governments, corporations, and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. The organization prides itself on providing Canadians with education, technical expertise, and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees. Through their work and partnerships, 70 million trees have been planted on rural landscapes and more than 530 schoolyards across the country.
This planting of 35,000 red pine seedlings will provide multiple benefits including community noise buffering, site screening, shelter, shade, and noise/dust reduction, habitat and food for wildlife, enhanced recreational opportunities, wildlife corridors, aesthetic beauty, watershed protection, carbon sequestration and clean air for all Manitobans.
In the fall of 2013, we will work together with Tree Canada to plant 35,000 trees on a high priority project within the Rural Municipality of Piney, Manitoba. The parcel of land is presently hay-covered or sparsely vegetated with residual jack pine trees resulting from a violent wind storm that devastated much of the community’s tree cover. The Rural Municipality of Piney Council is very hopeful that the open areas will be planted with conifer seedlings as part of a reforestation initiative.
Pike National Forest
Restoration Project Overview
Spanning three million acres in central and southeast Colorado, the Pike and San Isabel National Forests offer visitors a diverse landscape, from the short grass prairies to the alpine tundra. The South Platte watershed also rises in the Pike National Forest. More than 60 percent of the water used by Denver residents originates in the forest as rain or snowmelt.
The Hayman Fire began June 8, 2002, and burned approximately 137,000 acres—the largest fire in Colorado’s history—all within the critical South Platte watershed. In moderate and high intensity burn areas, 100% of the trees were lost—and, along with them, future seed sources for natural regeneration. The tree-planting work being done is critical; wildlife is beginning to return to the area and newly planted trees are now covering a landscape once barren and charred.
The 2013 Hayman planting project is scheduled for early April. With the help of Enterprise, a crew of approximately 15 planters, working alongside Forest Service supervisors and silviculturists, can begin to plant 134,000 Douglasfir and ponderosa pine trees delivered to the planting site from the U.S. Forest Service nursery in western Nebraska.