Honor your friends and loved ones with the gift of trees to one of our nation’s forests. Planting trees in a forest of need will help heal and protect the land. You can help restore the forest to a beautiful, healthy place for animals and people to enjoy.
Spanning 2.3 million acres, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is home to a wide range of landscapes. In the wake of a devastating 2016 wildfire, the forest is not naturally regenerating in all areas. Reforestation efforts are critical to ensure forest health, clean waterways, and critical habitat for area wildlife.Learn More
Spanning 2.3 million acres in northeast Oregon and western Idaho, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is home to a variety of landscapes from rugged mountain ranges to spectacular canyon country. A variety of year-round recreation opportunities are available for visitors, including hiking, biking, boating, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and snow skiing.
In 2016, the Rail Fire raged through 43,000 acres of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, further destroying tree cover already suffering from an ongoing mountain pine beetle epidemic. While some areas are regenerating naturally with lodgepole pines, other areas are in desperate need of reforestation.
Through the generous support of our members and advocates, 472,700 ponderosa pines, western larches, and western white pines will be planted throughout the barren stretches of the burn scar. These newly planted trees will restore area forest cover, prevent damaging mudslides, protect water resources, and provide important wildlife habitat.
Thank you for choosing to support the replanting of Superior National Forest through Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration. We're excited to announce that we have fulfilled the number of trees we will be providing for this forest. As you continue to plant trees in honor of friends and loved ones, we ask that you select Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Not all fires in the forest are bad. Light, periodic burning clears out buildups of downed trees and other “fuels,” creating browse for elk and deer, thinning out undesirable competition so that older, more fire-resistant species can thrive, and providing other services in a healthy ecosystem.
But often fuels have built up over too many decades. When a large wildfire rages through a forest, it can generate temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees, the per acre equivalent to an atomic explosion. In the wake of a fire like this, only blackened skeletons of trees remain. Trees both large and small are gone, nutrients stored in leaves and branches are volatilized, seed sources are burned up, soil binding roots deteriorate, and even soil organisms are destroyed. The land is left virtually lifeless.
The challenge of managing wildland fire in the United States has dramatically increased in recent years. Large wildfires now threaten millions of acres of public and private land, particularly in areas where vegetation patterns have been altered by development, land-use practices, and aggressive fire suppression.