One of the most common questions we hear is:
Does tentree actually plant trees?
And it’s a fair question to ask! Where does tentree plant anyway?
There are seven countries where we have planted trees: Madagascar, Nepal, Senegal, Cambodia, Haiti, Canada, and the United States. We are currently planting in Nepal, Madagascar, Senegal, and Haiti, with limited activities in Cambodia. These nations have experienced some of the worst impacts of deforestation. Your trees don’t just help the natural environment, but they improve the lives of people around the world.
Our primary planting site in Indonesia is Biak Island, which is located on the northern coast of West Papua. Biak Island was chosen due to how prone it is to natural disasters, like flooding from tsunamis and storms. Replanting mangrove trees is essential to reducing the impact of this flooding, and as mentioned above, creates a safe nursery for schooling fish and improving the livelihoods of local fishers. We are planting mangroves, fruit trees, as well as assisting with replanting rainforest.
Want to learn more? Check out our blog about planting in Indonesia.
Haiti is, unfortunately, best known for internal strife and natural disasters. It has suffered civil conflicts, earthquakes, and hurricanes with little relief. Deforestation has exacerbated the poor circumstances of the country, leading many not to have the resources needed to keep their homes warm and cook food.
To date, we’ve planted over 600,000 oak, avocado, orange, pine, and eucalyptus trees in partnership with various small villages and towns. We’re working to educate people about sustainable harvesting for lumber and how to not repeat past mistakes. Many of these trees are producing additional income for families, meaning children can attend school instead of working to keep their families afloat.
Senegal is a highly agrarian society, relying on farming and agriculture to make ends meet. Peanuts are one of the most commonly grown crops in the country, but it is backbreaking work that pays poorly, often leading once prosperous farmers into a life of crushing, inescapable poverty. We’ve partnered with over 200 farmers to plant what are called “agroforests,” forests that produce fruits and vegetables, which better nourishes communities and pays farmers.
To date, we’ve planted over 3 million guava, papaya, and mango trees.
If you’d like to learn more, check out our blog about Malik’s forest garden in Senegal.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries on Earth, and contributing to that is the fact that the country has lost a quarter of its forests in just 20 years. This deforestation made the impact of the 2015 earthquake considerably worse.
Working alongside our partners, we’ve planted thousands of trees in Nepal, particularly the mountainous areas in the Nawalparasi region, and grasslands close to Jhapa. In conjunction with planting, we’re helping educate villagers on how to sustainably harvest lumber and care for their trees.
Reforesting prevents mudslides in the future from both earthquakes and rainstorms.We hope eventually that these trees will help stabilize the soil and help limit the devastating impacts of future earthquakes.
In Nepal, we plant teak, silky oak, kapok, acacia, and persian silk trees. Check out this blog to learn more about what we plant in Nepal.
More than 80% of Madagascar’s forests have been clear cut in the past few decades. Not only has that had terrible consequences for people, but many species on the island have been lost as a result. Because Madagascar is an isolated island, there are a lot of very unique species that have become endangered and extinct as the natural ecosystem has been destroyed. Desertification from deforestation threatens farmers further inland and the destruction of the coastal mangroves has made erosion from storms worse and ruined the livelihoods of fishers.
To date, we’ve planted millions of trees in Madagascar. These trees help counteract desertification and erosion, provide food, fuel, building materials, and jobs to locals, and restore crucial ecosystems for native species. Our hope is that, with time, we will fully restore the nation’s mangrove forests and eventually reverse desertification.
tentree is proud of its Canadian roots, so of course we do tree planting here at home in Canada! Our tree planting efforts in Canada are focused on urban areas. Urban trees have nearly countless benefits, which is why we partnered with The City of Greater Sudbury’s Regreeing Program to help replant Sudbury, a city well known for having a barren ‘moonscape’ appearance.
In Sudbury, we plant Red Pine, White Pine, Green Alder, and Jack Pine. These trees provide a number of benefits, like cleaner air, reduced runoff, cool shade, and habitat for urban wildlife.
The United States
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, almost half of the United States was forested. Today, the amount of forest cover has been reduced by 25%. That’s why we partnered with American Forests and Friends of the Wildlife Corridor to replant deforested areas in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
The valley is home to 530 species of bird, 40% of North America’s butterfly species, and 17 threatened or endangered species. Providing habitat in this area is crucial.
We plant Juajillo, Devil’s Claw, La Coma, Berlandier’s Wolfberry, Malpighia Glabra, Snake-eyes, and Ebano trees in this region. These trees help provide habitat and food for a number of species endemic to the region. Check out our blog to learn more about these trees.
Cambodia has, since the 1960’s, struggled with severe internal conflict and rampant government corruption. Time and time again, we see that the more corrupt the government, the more the people and the environment suffer. Illegal logging has left the country’s natural enviornment simply devastated, and there has been little to no international effort to help replant these forests.
But not for a lack of trying; the Cambodian government has placed serious restrictions on international organizations doing work in the country. This means our tree planting work in the country has been limited. We’ve partnered up with activists and Buddhist monks in doing replanting on the grounds of schools and temples around Cambodia. So far, we’ve planted almost 8,000 Persian silk trees.
Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. 80% of Ethiopia’s citizens live on less than $2 USD per day. The majority of the country’s citizens are subsistence farmers who often aren’t paid their $2 a day in cash, but in crops. Rarely will farmers have physical cash on hand.
We’ve partnered with Eden Reforestation in Ethiopia to address issues of poverty and environmental degradation. We’re helping to hire locals, giving them paying jobs working in nurseries in an ’employ to plant’ initiative. 10% of the trees planted in Ethiopia yield fruit, while others provide wood for construction, and forage for livestock.
Rainforest in Kenya is in rapid decline. Only 2% of the country’s original growth rainforest remains. Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa, has some of the biggest reserves of forestland remaining in the country. But desertification, the process by which forest turns to desert, is taking its toll. A full third of Mount Kenya’s trees have been illegally cut down, which is interrupting the local water cycle leading to a decrease in the water volume of local rivers and streams.
Rural households in Kenya rely heavily on local forests for food as well as income. These forests provide vital foods like fruit and honey, as well as gums, resins, and medicinal plants. Traditonally, locals earn their living by collecting and selling these products and by gathering fallen trees for firewood or the leaves and grass for fodder. The loss of forest land is having a negative impact on local economies.
Alongside Eden Reforestation Projects, we’re helping to fund reforestation efforts in Western Kenya near Mount Kenya and the Kakamega Forest National Reserve.
Malawi is a country smaller than the Canadian Maritimes but with an exploding population of 16 million citizens. For the last two decades, the country has struggled against deforestation, with ‘slash and burn’ farming taking the greatest toll on regional forests. Often, these slash and burn fields are only used for three years before the soil is too degraded to continue growing crops in.
Malawi’s population is doubling every 20-25 years, leading to additional strains on the country’s environment. The forest cover, which once nearly blanketed the entire country, stands now at only 27.2%.
We partnered with Urunji Child Care Trust in Nathenje, Malwai to help reverse the effects of deforestation. Working with local schools, we planted trees like Moringa and Kesiyasi, along the Nathenje river. The students were involved with the tree planting, learning a lesson about climate change, reforestation, and biodiversity.
If you’d like to learn a little more about our planting projects and see lots of photos of our nurseries, check out our planting projects page.