The Wildfire Restoration Collaborative
This Arbor Day Foundation-led initiative is focused on building partnerships that can leverage tree planting where it is needed most. We are bringing together private-sector and nonprofit organizations to ensure that scalable, quality urban and natural forestland projects can have a greater impact, rehabilitating landscapes and elevating the messaging and urgency around wildfire recovery.
This collaborative is built on the idea that together we can do more. These partners — a mix of governmental, nonprofit, and corporate organizations — are committed to the restoration of forests devastated by wildfire.
Partners in the Wildfire Restoration Collaborative
Tree Planting Partners
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- American Forest Foundation
- Oregon State Forest Service
- Josephine County Forestry Department
- Colorado State Forest Service
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
- Texas A&M Forest Service
- Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council
- Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
- Wai‘anae Mountains Watershed Partnership
- Larkfield Resilience Fund
- Black Forest Together
- Tennessee Forestry Division
- California ReLeaf
- California Urban Forests Council
Why is this collaborative so important?
Over and over, the news headlines have told of raging wildfires consuming acres upon acres of trees. And these stories are only becoming more common. But what happens after the flames have been extinguished?
In the aftermath of a forest fire, scrub quickly grows where tall stands of trees once stood. It is critical that reforestation efforts happen quickly. The purpose of the Wildfire Restoration Collaborative is to establish a group ready to collectively respond to the need for replanting as it arises.
Why the Arbor Day Foundation?
The Foundation has a long history of managing complex, multi-project, and multiyear restoration programs on behalf of our partners. To date, we have planted and distributed more than 350 million trees throughout hundreds of projects across the globe. The Arbor Day Foundation has the networks, systems, tools, and processes to ensure strong environmental impacts are realized in forests around the world.
Every day, as it has been for years, the Foundation focuses on numerous complex issues such as the role large-scale tree planting plays in overall global sustainability. It’s crucial to plant alongside experienced local partners who determine details like the species and spacing of trees, time of year, and specific locations to plant. Making projects in managed forests a priority helps the world’s most effective tree planters ensure that the new trees thrive. Working thoughtfully, with partners, ensures success.