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GR25: Reforesting Former Strip Mines in 1993

by Megan Higgs
Stark comparison between strip-mined land and untouched land in background.

As our journey continues in 1993, we venture into reforesting the aftermath of a practice that had been going on for much longer than 22 years — and a venture that is still equally important today, as evidenced by both past and present Global ReLeaf work.

This undertaking involves none other than the reclamation and reforestation of land affected by strip mining. Strip mining, which involves the removal of a long strip of overlyin... (Read More)

The Meaning of 50 Million Trees: Scott Steen Speech

by American Forests
American Forests President & CEO, Scott Steen

Scott Steen, president and CEO of American Forests, gave the following speech on Wednesday, November 11th, at the planting of American Forests’ 50 millionth tree.

“There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’

Well, 25 years ago, American Forests started the Global ReLeaf program with a simple, compelling mission — to find thre... (Read More)

American Forests and Alcoa Foundation: Year Four of a Globally-Driven Collaboration

by American Forests
The volunteers at the California State University planting.

By Andrew Bell, Policy Intern

In The Partnership for Trees’ fourth year, American Forests and Alcoa Foundation teamed up to plant more than 220,000 trees and restore nearly 900 acres. Twenty-four projects across the world were financially secured and given a push towards achieving their goals. All the while, we drew ever nearer to the millionth tree planted since 2011. Of course, just as important as getting trees... (Read More)

Haiti Reborn: Restoring Natural Habitats in Gros-Morne, Artibonite, Haiti

by American Forests
Citron fruit

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern

Even before 2010, Haiti was considered a struggling country. The land was exploited for natural resources, farming took over and what little infrastructure there was had not been kept up to date. Then, the unimaginable happened in 2010; an earthquake struck on January 12th, killing anywhere from 100,000-200,000 people, damaging houses, buildings and the natural habitat.

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GR25: Planting for the Gopher Tortoise in 1994

by Megan Higgs
Gopher Tortoise

We’re nearing the finish line, Global ReLeaf enthusiasts! If there’s one story that conjures images of finish lines, it would be none other than the illustrious tale of the tortoise and the hare — a tale that reminds each of us of the virtues of patience. After all, slow and steady wins the race!

But, what about the race to save the tortoise itself?

American Forests has a longstanding history of protecting and restoring... (Read More)

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