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Trees in Memory & Trees in Celebration Forests in Need

Honor your friends and loved ones with the gift of trees to one of our nation’s forests.

Photo by: Sam Gardner—USDA Forest Service

Why plant trees in a forest in need?

Planting trees in a forest of need will help heal and protect the land. You can help restore the forest to a beautiful, healthy place for animals and people to enjoy.

The Devastation of Forest Fires

Southern California’s massive wildfires in 2003 devastated more than 800,000 acres, including a total of nearly 450,000 acres in four National Forests.

The Hayman Fire in Colorado was one of the worst wildfires of 2002, burning nearly 138,000 acres in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest in Colorado.

These are only a few examples of thousands of intense wildfires that have burned in many of our nation’s forests over the past ten years.

Benefits of planting trees in these areas

Photo by: Kimberly Schlenker—USDA Forest Service
  • The roots of these young trees will help hold the soil in place, so it doesn’t wash away with heavy rains or melting snow.
  • The seedlings will help keep ash from the fire from washing into rivers and streams, where it can harm fish and people.
  • As they grow, the trees will provide homes and food for animals.
  • Newly planted trees will keep the air fresh and clean.
  • Planting trees today will help make the forest as beautiful as it was before the fire.
  • Replanting trees will make hiking, camping, fishing and other fun activities in the forest more enjoyable.