On July 14, 2014, lightning sparked in four spots in Okanogan County, Washington. These lighting strikes produced four separate wildfires that, once merged together, produced the Carlton Complex Fire—the largest recorded fire in Washington’s history. The Carlton Complex Fire burned 256,108 acres and caused an estimated $98 million in damage. It destroyed over 300 homes and wreaked havoc on the area’s beautiful tree canopy.
The Washington Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, the Okanogan Conservation District, the Methow Conservancy and the Arbor Day Foundation. This multiyear effort will focus on distributing new trees to Washington residents who have lost so much of their urban canopy to this massive blaze. These trees will help renew their sense of community and restore hope to those who have lost so much.
13,000 trees have been distributed to homeowners, and the work continues. With your help, these rural Washington towns can once again enjoy the beautiful tree-lined streets they have always known.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 13,000 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $1,379,733
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $364,000
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 15,600 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 210 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 285,480,000 gallons