Wells Fargo & the Arbor Day Foundation
In 2012, Wells Fargo worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to support the planting of 71,800 trees.
2012—Six Rivers & Shasta-Trinity National Forests
In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Wells Fargo, planted 50,000 trees in Six Rivers National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This restoration included replanting part of the 2008 Panther Fire that blazed across the north portions of the magnificent Marble Mountain Wilderness and steep canyons that drop to the wild and scenic Salmon River. The project also included areas of the 2008 Siskiyou fire that burned extensive acreage in the Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California across two major drainages on two national forests. Replanting these forest lands will ensure the return of a forested landscape across vital watersheds, prevent damaging soil erosion, and will be key to restoring impaired salmon runs.
Six Rivers National Forest lies on 957,590 acres east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and stretches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. The six rivers for which the forest is named – the Smith, Klamath, Eel, Trinity, Van Duzen and Mad support exciting recreational activities. Large populations of Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead, rainbow, and cutthroat trout provide some of the best fishing in the world. These new trees will greatly benefit the salmon runs throughout the Klamath Basin in 2012 and beyond.
Spanning more than two million acres, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is the largest national forest in California. From the landscape to the abundant environmental and recreational services it provides, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's natural diversity is profound.
2012—Pere Marquette National Forest
In 2012, Warranty Solutions planted 19,800 Jack pine trees to improve habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. This neotropical migratory songbird’s breeding habit is almost exclusively confined to young, dense Jack pine stands in the area. Today, Kirtland’s warblers are found in only ten counties on Michigan’s northern lower peninsula and four counties in the upper peninsula. Efforts by our replanting partners have increased the number of singing males from less than 200 to more than 1,300, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.
This year’s project started early compared to other planting seasons due to the unseasonably warm weather and lower than normal snowfall in the winter of 2011-2012. Planting crews started in earnest and the bulk of Jack pine trees were planted over the next 4-6 weeks. Contracted crews worked diligently to plant Jack pine trees over hundreds of acres while soil moisture was optimal. The trees were planted at a density of 1,250 per acre to produce the thick cover required by the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. The project’s success was made possible by Arbor Day Foundation partners. We all share in the achievements that took place this spring in Pere Marquette State Forest
Pere Marquette State Forest is a breathtaking expanse of oak and pine forest located in the northwestern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Not far from Manistee National Forest and Lake Superior, this outdoor paradise is a space meant for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is coordinating Jack pine tree planting to replenish and restore riparian corridors, improve habitat for diverse wildlife species, and restore the broader forest ecosystem in Pere Marquette State Forest. This project's planning and execution is a great example of a collaboration coming together for sustainable forest management.
In 2012, Wells Fargo supported the distribution of 2,000 seedlings to residents of Joplin, Missouri affected by the 2011 tornado.
Unfortunately, every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, fire, and other natural disasters strike communities and create dramatic loss of trees. Without this green infrastructure, the environmental sustainability, economy, and sense of place for thousands of residents are severely impacted.
In the wake of these storms, recovery efforts do, and should, begin with home and health - addressing the most basic human necessities. Soon after, however, the conversation begins about bringing community trees back to their previous beauty and strength. Through the Disaster Recovery Program, the Arbor Day Foundation assists in the recovery process by coordinating tree restoration efforts in communities affected by natural disasters.