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Arbor Day Foundation Fast Facts

Fact Sheet

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.

The Arbor Day Foundation:

Picture of tree planters of the past
Vintage tree planters
  • Began in 1972 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Arbor Day.
  • Is one of the world’s largest nonprofit conservation organizations dedicated to planting trees. The Foundation plants and distributes more than 10 million trees each year.
  • Works with the U.S. Forest Service to plant trees in America’s national forests and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in state forests. Through the generous donations of our members and partners, the Foundation has helped the Forest Service plant more than 20 million forestland trees since 1990.
  • Recognizes more than 3,300 communities through the Tree City USA program, which honors cities and towns that are committed to planting and nurturing trees.
  • Picture of Boston, MA—A Tree City USA Community
    Boston, MA—A Tree City USA Community
    Helps to preserve rain forest land through the Rain Forest Rescue program. So far, more than 48,000 acres of rain forest land have been preserved through the Foundation’s efforts.
  • Provides resources for childcare centers, elementary schools, preschools and parks to connect children with nature through the Foundation’s comprehensive Nature Explore Program.
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Media Contact

To arrange an interview, or to find out more about the Arbor Day Foundation, members of the media should contact:

Vaidehi Desai   call 531-207-3611  |  email