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.
Superior National Forest encompasses a diverse ecosystem that is home to a variety of wildlife including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species. Restoration efforts are needed to help create a diverse mix of tree species and stand structures to provide valuable habitat, improved watershed functionality, and overall forest health.
This National Forest is facing real challenges due to a decline in conifer and birch trees. This loss degrades forest health, wildlife habitat potential, and water quality as well as the economic and ecological benefits the forest provides. The goal is to create a diverse forest environment that is more representative of its natural range.
Your generous support can make a real impact on Superior National Forest through tree planting. Reforestation efforts improve tree species diversity and overall forest health, improve area watersheds, and provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.
Nestled on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, Umpqua National Forest is one of Oregon’s finest outdoor destinations. But wildfires have taken their toll, and replanting is necessary to reestablish tree cover for wildlife habitat and improved watershed health.
In 2017, a series of wildfires known as the Umpqua North Complex burned through the National Forest. The devastation left behind meant not only a lack of trees and loss of wildlife habitat but also a serious threat to the health of area waterways.
With your support, reforestation efforts can help to restore the area with sugar pine, ponderosa pine, and Douglasfir. These trees will grow to support clean and healthy waterways throughout the forest as well as provide wildlife habitat and natural beauty for visitors to enjoy.
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.