Our Gift to You: A Gratitude Forest
To honor your leadership and foresight, we have planted a Gratitude Forest in the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest.
Thanks From Our World
Through the Our World campaign, you became part of a dedicated group that is pushing to put the Earth on a sustainable path, drawing on our shared responsibility to each other and our planet.
And, thanks to your generosity, we’ve ushered in big wins for nature and for people. From the cloud forests of Colombia to the Colorado River to the coral reefs of the Pacific, we’ve partnered with diverse communities to bring us closer to a world where all people can thrive in harmony with nature.
Together, we’ve improved the management of more than 225 million acres of land, 275 million acres of ocean and 4,900 miles of river. We’ve developed new ideas to ensure that our food and water supplies are more sustainable and help cities work with nature instead of against it. And, we’re working with 30 countries and 50 U.S. states to achieve climate goals. The result: healthier oceans, lands and waters and bolder climate action. Now, we’re taking the time to celebrate the many achievements you have made possible.
Our Gift to You: A Gratitude Forest
To honor your leadership and foresight, we have planted a Gratitude Forest in the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest. About the size of Portugal, the Serra da Mantiqueira is a conservation hot spot that harbors a level of biological diversity on par with the Amazon, despite being a fraction of its size.
This region is the ideal place to celebrate the scope of your dedication. It is one of the best sites in the world to illustrate that we can restore nature, improve people’s lives and tackle climate change. And we’re working with local groups to ensure these newly planted trees thrive as a dynamic, life-giving forest long into the future.
In the Indigenous Tupi language, Mantiqueira means “weeping mountains,” in reference to its abundant springs and streams. Today, some 20 million people in the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais rely on the Mantiqueira’s forests to store and filter their water.
TNC believes reforestation holds the key to ensuring the Mantiqueira continues to support rural communities, urban residents, stable water sources, a wealth of plants and animals and our global climate.
Restore Our Forests
The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to planting a billion trees around the world. Scroll across the globe to learn more about some of our key projects.
Upper Great Lakes
Central Appalachian Forests
Mississippi Bottomland Hardwood
We work in China’s Sichuan Province to extend habitat and recreate corridors for the iconic giant panda and bring employment opportunities to over 1,000 local people.
In Yunnan Province in China, we are expanding and reconnecting the forest home of the Yunnan golden monkey while providing jobs and training for local communities to protect the ecosystem where they live.
The Brazilian Cerrado, a unique mixture of savanna and forest with enormous biodiversity, is threatened by human expansion. Through multiple reforestation sites, we are working to bring the Cerrado’s critical forests back to life.
Home to thousands of plant and animal species, the Atlantic Forest is an important habitat and protector of freshwater in Brazil. Here, multiple reforestation projects will benefit over 120 million people.
In Lejanías (Meta) and the Piedmont Forest of Caquetá, Colombia, reforestation projects will improve connectivity, water regulation and carbon sequestration.
In the Ngara Ndare Forest Reserve, the Upper Tana Watershed and Lamu County, Kenya, we are partnering with local communities to restore and conserve the natural forest through planting trees and assisting in complementary water and soil conservation methods.
Tree planting in Tanzania centers around two key areas: mangrove forest restoration along the coast, and the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for 93% of Tanzania’s endangered chimpanzees.
The Maya Forest is the second-largest tropical forest in the Americas after the Amazon. Each year, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula loses around 200,000 acres of tropical forest, the size of San Diego, California, due to extensive cattle ranching and agricultural practices.
The forests of Chiapas, Mexico are home to jaguars, the resplendent quetzal and the horned guan bird, known as the unicorn of the cloud forest. Reforestation of this area is key for both nature and people as these forests also produce 30% of the country’s freshwater and sustain the more than 10 Indigenous groups.
Upper Great Lakes2021
The Upper Great Lakes represents a vast network of reforestation projects that aim to improve forest resilience and watershed health across the entire region. These forests are renowned for their biodiversity, recreational, scenic and economic values, and the clean fresh water they supply to the Great Lakes watersheds.
Central Appalachian Forests2021
Central Appalachian forests support one of the largest concentrations of rare wildlife in the region and serve as an important home for several migratory songbirds. These forests also filter and store clean drinking water for millions of people for the Ohio River Valley and Washington, D.C. areas.
Longleaf pine was once a dominant forest across nine states from Virginia to Texas. Thanks to restoration efforts across the region, longleaf pine forests, and the key species that rely on them, such as the rare red-cockaded woodpecker, are starting to come back.
Mississippi Bottomland Hardwood2021
Bottomland hardwood forests once covered over 21 million acres along the waterways and tributaries of the Mississippi River, but only 2% remain. Reforestation projects in the Delta aim to provide quality habitat for local wildlife, such as migratory waterfowl and bears, and to improve water quality for millions of people.
The Southeast’s shortleaf pine forests once covered a vast area but now more than 50% have been lost. Across the region, we are working to restore these iconic forests for wildlife, recreation and to improve water quality for local communities.
Local Forests, Global Climate
The Gratitude Forest is one part of TNC’s movement called Restaura Brasil to plant a billion trees across Brazil and around the world—and to accelerate a promising natural climate solution that is essential to achieving global climate goals.
Momentum is building for action as climate disasters mount. TNC’s research shows that while cutting emissions is all-important, it won’t be enough. Protecting and restoring forests and other ecosystems offers a clear path to absorbing a lot of carbon that’s already in the atmosphere.
In Mantiqueira region, our reforestation goal has grown to meet this global challenge. We aim to launch reforestation projects across 1.2 million hectares (nearly 3 million acres) by 2030, with partners and local authorities.
This massive restoration effort would remove enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—280 million tons over 30 years—to fulfill 10% of the country’s Paris Climate Agreement goal, the equivalent of removing 55 million cars from the roads.
By restoring forests in high priority areas globally, like Brazil’s Serra da Mantiqueira, we can provide at least 10% of the emissions reductions we need to limit global warming to less than 2°C.
The Gratitude Forest stands as a testament to your incredible generosity and your commitment to taking action now that will benefit the generations to come. Thank you!