The Bosnian city of Sarajevo was ravaged by hostilities from 1992-1997 leaving the once wooded landscape barren. Trees were destroyed by fighting or harvested to provide fuel for cooking and heating. The result was not only a loss of trees, but a serious risk of landslide on newly deforested hillsides. Several sites at risk of landslides were selected for the spring plantings, along with plantings planned in more urban areas, done by a partnership between American Forests and the city of Sarajevo, lead by the deputy mayor of Sarajevo. Plantings were completed by local students led by forestry experts as part of a scout program. Additional help was provided by the Army of the Federation. Participants hope to continue plantings in the years to come.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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