The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees campaign is a major forest restoration effort with a goal of planting a billion trees across the planet. Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh drinking water, help curb climate change, and create homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. Planting a Billion Trees can help save the Earth from deforestation. It’s a big number, but we know we can do it with your help.
What is the Plant a Billion Trees Campaign?
The Plant a Billion Trees campaign is a large-scale restoration initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy in 2008. Our first project was to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest, and now we have expanded to include forest projects in the United States and China. By planting trees and helping forests regrow where they have been severely degraded, we're helping to ensure clean water, air, diverse species and full, healthy forests for future generations.
One billion trees is a pretty big goal - how is TNC going to accomplish this?
It is ambitious, but forests around the world are worth the effort. They are essential to healthy lives and a healthy planet. Our approach takes advantage of the best available science to ensure that the forests we restore and establish are viable ecosystems that provide multiple benefits and high quality habitat.
Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has the means, experience and track record to work closely with partner organizations to meet this important goal.
How does restoring and protecting these forests around the world impact people/me?
Forests help sustain all life on Earth. They clean our water. Cleanse our air. Cool our planet. Trees give us refuge and refreshment, shade and shelter.
The Plant a Billion Trees campaign will help improve important watersheds that provide clean drinking water and hydroelectricity to millions of people, as well as protection for thousands of species of native plants and animals.
How much does it cost to plant one tree?
The cost to plant a tree varies depending on the location of the project and the type of tree being planted, and ranges between approximately one dollar to three dollars per tree. Beyond covering costs to simply plant the seedlings in the ground, donations support ongoing maintenance, research, and stewardship at Plant a Billion sites to ensure the seedlings grow to be mature, healthy trees. Donations also help pay for the reforestation efforts in Plant a Billion projects, such as the removal of invasive species, protecting areas where tree saplings are growing, encouraging species to return to degraded areas, and removing any barriers that might prevent a forest from regrowth. Up to 20% of the cost is used to help administer the program.
Are there Nature Conservancy staff actually working at these project locations?
Yes! The Conservancy has staff and scientists based in all four countries who work with a network of in-country partners - including governments, forestry companies, local cooperatives, non-governmental organizations and local communities. We offer assistance and technical guidance using established Conservancy projects as a model to accelerate results and minimize costs.
I want to help! How can I get involved?
Thank you for caring about the world's forests! To help us reach our goal of planting and protecting 1 Billion Trees go here. Your support will help us plant trees and protect and restore forests in a location of your choosing, or you can choose to let us decide where the funds are most needed.
Give the Gift of Tree Planting
Celebrate a holiday, a significant occasion, or recognize someone special by donating to plant trees - it's the perfect gift for everyone! For each donation, The Nature Conservancy will plant trees in our critical forests around the globe. The more you gift, the more trees will be planted in celebration. Take the guesswork out of shopping by giving the most sustainable gift you could give.
Why Gift a Tree?
By giving the gift of tree planting with the Nature Conservancy you can celebrate a person or special occasion while also giving back to nature. Here are some highlights: