The Issue: Wildfire's Environmental Impact
In 2012, the High Park Fire burned through more than 87,000 acres of trees and vegetation near Fort Collins, Colorado. One of the largest wildfires in the state's history, the blaze not only threatened homes and destroyed the canopy, it began a series of ongoing environmental problems. Heavy runoff and erosion damage caused by vegetation loss has threatened local water quality ever since, and the reduced flora leaves fewer plants filtering pollutants from the air.
The Campaign: Restoring the Tree Canopy
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Arbor Day Foundation to replace trees lost in the High Park Fire. For every $4 raised, Arbor Day Foundation can distribute one tree to Colorado volunteers who will plant it as part of the High Park Tree Canopy Recovery program. This program, assisted by the Colorado State Forest Service, replaces trees in an effort to shore up the local ecosystem and help communities heal. Ultimately Arbor Day Foundation will distribute 9,000 seedlings for Colorado homeowners to plant and restore the canopy.
Arbor Day Foundation
In 1972, on the 100th anniversary of the very first Arbor Day, an environmentally minded group of people created the Arbor Day Foundation. Their chlorophyll-laden mission: to restore the habitats and natural ecosystems in the United States and beyond. The organization’s 1 million members spread awareness about the necessity of protecting our natural resources and support conservation programs all over the country. For instance, the Tree City USA program replenishes urban forests in more than 3,400 towns and cities, helping produce cleaner air, lower energy costs, and storm-water control. The Rain Forest Rescue program, on the other hand, preserves tropical ecosystems near the equator to protect more than half the planet’s plant and animal species.