Alcoa volunteers work together to plant seedlings.

Alcoa volunteers work together to plant seedlings. Credit: Russian Carbon Fund

About the Business to Forest 2014 ReLeaf Project:

In conjunction with the Russian Carbon Fund, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are planting 20,000 Scots pine trees in the Moscow Region of Russia to reforest an area damaged by wildfire.

ReLeaf Location:

Moscow Region, Russia

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 20,000 trees across 12 acres.
  • Restoring an ecosystem damaged by wildfire.

Why This ReLeaf Project?

A 2010 wildfire burned more than 247,000 acres in the Moscow Region of Russia, destroying wildlife habitat and popular recreation sites for the densely populated region. The 20,000 Scots pine trees being planted in this project are helping the ecosystem recover from this wildfire, while also providing the long-term benefits of carbon sequestration and air quality improvement to Russia’s second most-populous region. In addition, the plantings and subsequent care and monitoring are providing jobs for the local community, while also providing protection for non-timber forest products — including wild mushrooms, berries, cones and more — to grow and mature for added economic benefits.

Why the Moscow Region?

Approximately 40 percent of the Moscow Region is covered by forestland. The forestlands being restored through this project have been declared as “Protected Forests of Moscow” by the Federal Forestry Agency, which means that no logging, building or farming is allowed. More than 300 rivers also traverse the region. Beyond the seven million people who live in the region, Moscow is home to dozens of mammal species, more than 170 species of birds and a handful of aquatic and amphibian species.