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Willow Tree Recovery

Help the people of Willow, Alaska, replant their tree canopy and find hope in the aftermath of a devastating fire.

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On June 14, 2015, an illegal burn pile in the community of Willow, Alaska—fed by dry conditions and prevailing winds—quickly grew into a ravaging wildfire known as the Sockeye Fire. The fire was discovered as a 2-acre blaze after a local resident called 9-1-1 to report heavy smoke. By the morning of June 15, the fire had grown to over 6,500 acres. By the time fire crews from Alaska and several other states had the flames under control, more than 7,000 acres were burned and 55 homes were destroyed.

The Willow Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Alaska Division of Forestry, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Willow Garden Club, and the Arbor Day Foundation. Your support of these efforts will provide trees to those looking for a way to restore their lives and their community tree canopy.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 2,560 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $271,701
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $71,680
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 3,072 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 41.47 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 56,217,600 gallons

Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx.