Partners since 2007, American Forests and SHI’s Global ReLeaf projects include training on how to grow and transplant tree seedlings, manage tree nurseries and plantations, and control insects and disease using organic and local resources. The program also:

Harvesting cucumbers from a vegetable garden. Photo:

Harvesting cucumbers from a vegetable garden. Photo: Sustainable Harvest International

  • Meets with teachers, children, parents and organizations to increase awareness around environmental stewardship and reforestation.
  • Works with schools and children to teach the environmental benefits of reforestation and to plant trees around the community.
  • Trains farming families on how to practice sustainable agriculture while preserving forests.
  • Visits reforested areas to monitor tree maintenance, management and health.

SHI and American Forests share the philosophy that nature directly feeds the vitality of local communities. The environmental challenges facing the Honduran departments (equivalent to states in the U.S.) of Santa Barbara and Yoro make this an ideal place for the two organizations to collaborate on reforestation.

“American Forests has been proud to partner with SHI for the past five years in Nicaragua and Honduras where we have planted 243,595 trees,” notes Jesse Buff, director of forest restoration for American Forests. “SHI’s holistic approach and the level of attention that they bring to helping communities address their challenges truly make their projects sustainable.”

The garden at Midway Primary School

The garden at Midway Primary School provides more than 30 types of fruits and vegetables, including cabbage, string beans, custard apples and mangoes. Photo: Sustainable Harvest International

Florence Reed, founder and president of SHI, equally values the relationship: “I have always been especially grateful for support from American Forests because they understand the complexity of instituting projects that will keep an area forested for years to come. They are also willing to make the extra investment necessary so programs like SHI’s can ensure the long-term success of reforestation projects.”

American Forests’ work with SHI would not be possible without the generous support of its members and donors. Please consider making a donation today by calling 1-800-545-TREE or visiting www.americanforests.org/donate