2015 Restoration Projects
Pike National Forest | Modoc National Forest | Huron-Manistee National Forests | Bastrop State Park | Indian Lakes State Forest | Flight 93 National Memorial | James W. Webb Wildlife Center | District of 100 Mile House | Ministry of Defense Estate | Saxony
Pike National Forest
Pike National Forests is more than a tourist attraction—it is also home to the upper South Platte watershed, the primary water source for the City of Denver and surrounding communities. In 1996, the Buffalo Creek Fire burned 12,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Only six years later, the largest fire in Colorado's history (the Hayman Fire of 2002) burned an additional 137,000 acres. These fires had a devastating effect on the upper 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.
In the spring of 2015, a total of 20,000 trees were planted across more than 1,300 acres of the national forest. This planting will help to regenerate the forest and rebuild the watershed relied on by so many for clean water.
Modoc National Forest
The Modoc National Forest spans two million acres of northern California. In the summer of 2012, the Barry Point Fire burned 16,587 acres; most of the high-severity burn occurred in the Devils Garden Ranger District. Unfortunately, the area was not benefitting from natural regeneration, necessitating the planting of ponderosa pine trees to assist in the recovery of these scorched areas.
Enterprise supported the planting of a total of 100,000 ponderosa pines in the Devils Garden Ranger District. The direct benefits of this planting project include improved water quality and restored wildlife habitat in northern California.
Huron-Manistee National Forests
Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan
With thousands of lakes and miles of sparkling rivers and streams, the Huron-Manistee National Forest epitomizes the splendid beauty of the Great Lakes region. It is also home to a rare jack pine ecosystem that serves as important habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler, a rare songbird that nests in very few places on Earth. Unfortunately, natural regeneration of this crucial habitat has not been successful.
To keep the ecosystem healthy, 200,000 jack pine trees were planted across 391 acres in 2015. This concerted effort will help to ensure a future for the Kirtland’s Warbler.
Bastrop State Park
On September 4, 2011, three separate wildfires in and around Bastrop, Texas, eventually merged into one fire—the Bastrop County Complex Fire. The fire quickly spread across the drought-ridden region, inflicting significant scars 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.
2015 marks the third year of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s partnership with Bastrop State Park in central Texas. 250,000 loblolly pine trees were planted to serve a critical role in helping to restore the forest and critical wildlife habitat lost in these devastating wildfires.
Indian Lakes State Forest
Indian Lakes State Forest is a 4,400-acre property that was recently protected through the Florida Forever Program. Reforesting the acquired pastureland to protect water quality of Silver Springs, the local groundwater recharge area. The establishment of pine forest will also provide wildlife habitat for both game and nongame species including the Florida black bear, white-tailed deer, turkey, and many others.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car supported the planting of 150,000 trees on more than 300 acres of longleaf pine throughout the winter of 2014/2015.
Flight 93 National Memorial
The Flight 93 National Memorial is a spectacularly moving, newly dedicated 2,200 acre National Park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This hallowed land is a permanent and lasting tribute to the forty men and women who lost their lives in order to save the lives of many others on September 11, 2001. The memorial is located on reclaimed coal mining land. Though historically forested, the reclaimed land now consists of compacted soils and thin tree stands due to the many years of intensive coal extraction.
In the third year of the company’s involvement, Enterprise Rent-A-Car helped to plant 30,000 trees on the memorial grounds.
James W. Webb Wildlife Center
The James W. Webb Wildlife Center, adjacent to the Savannah River, is a 5,866-acre property of upland pine trees that provide habitat for endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and includes wild turkey and white-tailed deer habitat, bottomland hardwood forests and cypress-tupelo swamps. Webb Wildlife Center has also been designated as an "Important Bird Area" because of its variety of habitats and bird species, specifically a Significant Support Population of red-cockaded woodpecker, for which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a local recovery plan.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car supported the planting of 100,000 trees to help establish a new longleaf pine forest for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and future foraging habitat for other wildlife.
District of 100 Mile House
British Columbia, Canada
THE DISTRICT OF 100 MILE HOUSE is one of the most popular recreation areas in British Columbia, Canada. The pine forests that make up the area are laced with an ever-expanding network of trails that thousands of multi-use recreational visitors—including mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders and cross country skiers—explore each year. Recently, however, the western mountain pine beetle epidemic hit the District of 100 Mile House, devastating the beautiful pine forests in the area.
Tree Canada planted 40,000 lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce and interior Douglas-fir trees on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to restore 100 Mile House’s forest to its natural beauty as well as provide critical habitats for wildlife.
Ministry of Defense Estate
United Kingdom (Woodland Trust)
Despite the importance of trees and the widespread recognition of the benefits they provide, the United Kingdom is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 13% woodland cover compared with the European average of 44%. We are working to help increase the amount of native tree cover across the UK.
In 2015, the Woodland Trust planted 100,000 trees on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The trees have been planted on the Ministry of Defense estate to improve both the military training facilities and enhance the biodiversity of the various sites. When possible, the Woodland Trust has involved both military and civilian personnel (including Enterprise’s staff) in tree planting events.
Germany (Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald)
Planting efforts near the village of Barenwalde were made possible with the help of Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the beauty, health and sustainability of Germany’s forested lands. The area was in need of watershed protection and improved wildlife habitat.
In the spring of 2015, 10,000 trees were planted to promote the characteristic forest ecosystems commonly found in this region. The overall project covers more than 6.5 acres and will provide accelerated soil stabilization and flood prevention while enhancing wildlife habitat and local aesthetics.