Wells Fargo & the Arbor Day Foundation
For a second year, Wells Fargo has worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in our nation's forests.
Wells Fargo has set a goal of being responsible environmental stewards in every community where it does business. Since Wells Fargo began offering online statements, a total of 475 million paper statements have been eliminated. This translates into an environmental savings of over 150,000 trees. This year, in honor of customers who opt for paperless statements, Wells Fargo will plant 40,000 trees in the Pere Marquette State Forest in Michigan.
Pere Marquette State Forest—Replanting Our Nation's Forests
Pere Marquette State Forest is located just south of Cadillac, Michigan and lies on the borders of Manistee National Forest. The forest is well known for its scenic hiking trails, campgrounds, numerous waterways, and miles of breathtaking natural beauty. The Pere Marquette River can also be found in several western Michigan counties; this critical river system drains an area of approximately 740 square miles. Bald eagles and osprey are often seen in the forest, as are deer, waterfowl, and numerous woodland songbirds. The forest is also an important nesting area for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.
Pere Marquette State Forest Needs Our Help
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Wells Fargo, will need to plant more than one million jack pine trees this summer to improve habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler. More than 1,500 acres have been chosen for the 2011 warbler restoration project. This neotropical migratory songbird's breeding habitat 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 male Kirtland's warblers from less than 200 to more than 1,300, bringing them back from the brink of extinction. With the help of Wells Fargo and donors, we can make this project a reality.