Updated November 29, 2016
This holiday Whole Foods Market is partnering with American Forests , the first national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocating for the protection and restoration of America’s forests. Thanks to American Forests’ programs such as Global ReLeaf, more than 50 million trees have been planted in areas of crucial need. Austa Somvichian-Clausen at American Forests takes a closer look.
As we all know, the holidays are about spreading joy and giving to the people and causes that you care about the most. This year, thanks to a partnership between Whole Foods Market and American Forests, for every Christmas tree purchased at your local Whole Foods Market , a new one will be planted in its place.
Throughout the past 26 years, American Forests has partnered with private organizations (such as Whole Foods Market) and the U.S. Forest Service to restore forest ecosystems in all 50 U.S. states and 45 countries around the world.
Photo Credit: Chuck Fazio, American Forests Artist-in-Residence
Because of this work, a lot of good things have been happening in these restored ecosystems. More trees planted means cleaner waterways and air, less soil erosion, recharged groundwater and more vital habitat for wildlife, to name just a few benefits — not to mention making any area more beautiful.
However, American Forests does more than just plant trees. Since its beginnings in 1875, American Forests’ goal has been “to protect the existing forests of the country from unnecessary waste.” It restores watersheds to help provide clean drinking water and informs policymakers about the ecological and economic benefits of having more trees. American Forests also works in and advocates for federal, state and urban forests.
Ways You Can Help
- Buy a Christmas tree at your local Whole Foods Market , and a new tree will be planted. After you buy your perfect Christmas tree, follow these Christmas tree care tips .
- Help plant more trees by donating to American Forests before December 31, 2016, and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar .