Wells Fargo & the Arbor Day Foundation
In 2013, Wells Fargo is working with the Arbor Day Foundation to support the planting of more than 260,000 trees.
2013 Manchester State Forest
Warranty Solutions funded the planting of 103,106 trees in the effort to restore longleaf pine trees to a larger portion of the Manchester State Forest’s former natural range. In the southeast, longleaf pine ecosystems provide many desirable benefits. This species creates habitat for several threatened and endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker. Longleaf pine trees are also more fire tolerant than other species that dominate the area, and beneficial to an area that is prone to fires throughout spring and summer months.
The Manchester State Forest is a beautiful 25,000-acre expanse of trees, wildlife, swampland, and bays. The forest is located in central South Carolina and is managed to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, air and water quality, soil conservation, recreation, and scientific research.
2013 Idaho Panhandle National Forest
Warranty Solutions funded the planting of 78,475 trees on 200 acres of land within the St. Joe Ranger District. This specific forest area has endured high mortality rates in recent years due to Douglasfir bark beetle and mountain pine beetle kill. The need to diversify is paramount if this area is to resemble historical tree stands. Western larch was chosen for its fire and drought resistance and for its value for nesting bird species. The white pine is critical to this area because it is a long-lived species, also very valuable for wildlife habitat. Recovery is happening, and with the help of Warranty Solutions, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest will continue to offer beauty and wonder for all who venture here.
Northern Idaho boasts scenic and beautiful landscapes, many of them found in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The forest’s 2.5 million acres provide ample room for outdoor enthusiasts to fish, hike, cross country ski and observe more than 400 wildlife species. Water is critical to both the forest and surrounding communities. Three of the largest lakes in the state reside here: the Pend Oreille, Coeur d’Alene, and Priest. These lakes all play a crucial role in watershed resource management and protection of the Upper Columbia River Basin. In short, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest is vital to visitors and residents alike.
2013 North Carolina Sandhills
Wells Fargo funded the planting of 50,000 trees to help increase the connectivity and acreage of the surrounding landscape. The longleaf pine to be planted is also more adapted to these fire prone areas than many other tree species that currently dominate the landscape.
North Carolina’s Coastal Plain contains vast stretches of longleaf pine forest ecosystems. These forests have dropped to only four percent of their original range in the last fifty years. Replanting of longleaf pine forests in North Carolina is crucial to the long-term viability of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and many other species, as well as the protection of watershed throughout the southeastern corner of the state. The Sandhills remains home to the second largest remaining red-cockaded woodpecker population.
2013 Michigan State Forests
Warranty Solutions supported the planting of 22,125 tree seedlings this spring. The seedlings are being planted for the Kirtland's Warbler, a federally endangered species, and will also help improve habitat for a variety of wildlife.
The 2013 partnership resulted in the planting of Jack pine trees in Montmorency and Crawford counties on the Mackinaw State Forest near Atlanta, and on the Ausable State Forest near Leota. The seedlings were planted to produce the thick cover that the warbler needs for critical nesting habitat. The warbler is a neotropical migratory songbird species whose breeding habitat is almost exclusively confined to young, dense jack pine stands located in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
2013 Pike National Forest
Warranty Solutions funded the planting of 12,069 trees to support recovery efforts from the devastating 2002 Hayman Fire. The Hayman Fire began June 8, 2002, and burned approximately 137,000 acres – the largest fire in Colorado's history. The fire burned within the upper South Platte watershed, the primary water source for the city of Denver. In moderate and high intensity burn areas, 100% of the trees were lost – and, along with them, future seed sources for natural regeneration.
Spanning three million acres in central and southeast Colorado, the Pike & San Isabel National Forests offer visitors a diverse landscape, from the short grass prairies to the alpine tundra. The Windy-Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area – a unique grove of beautiful and ancient bristlecone pine trees – is located in the Pike National Forest. More than 60 percent of the water used by Denver residents originates in the forest as rain or snowmelt.