Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

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Established in 1908 as the first national forest east of the Mississippi River, Chippewa National Forest is located in the heart of northern Minnesota.

Its shared boundary with the Leech Lake Indian Reservation offers visitors the chance to experience Anishinabe culture and the rich history of the area including prehistoric times, the early logging era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. The forest’s large red and white pine trees make Chippewa one of the largest American Bald Eagle nesting sites in the continental United States.

In July 2012, a devastating storm with high winds tore through the forest, snapping off and uprooting tens of thousands of acres of conifer trees. Restoration of these majestic pine trees is critical to the wildlife that calls Chippewa National Forest home, including the American Bald Eagles that depend on the pine trees for their nesting habitat. The Ojibwa community at Leech Lake Indian Reservation has a special generations-old bond to these tree stands as well.

Your gifted tree here will help restore Chippewa Forest to its pre-storm condition with the planting of red pine, white pine, white spruce, and Jack pine trees, and help bring back the wildlife, including the American Bald Eagle, who lost their home a number of years ago.

Klamath National Forest, California

Klamath National Forest

The Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Northern California and a small section in Oregon. This National Forest is truly one of America’s most biologically diverse regions: In the lower elevations, you’ll find stands of Ponderosa Pines, while in the higher elevations, the Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer command your attention. Along with 200 miles of rivers, nearly 400 animal species reside within its confines.

There are wild horses and elk herds, as well as Coho salmon and steelhead populations. Sightings of river otter, mink, deer, bear, osprey and bald eagles are common along the Klamath’s rivers. Black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, badger, reptiles and amphibians are also widespread across the Klamath. More species of conifer trees grow in one area of the forest than anywhere else on earth. An astounding 17 conifer species co-exist within one square mile! The forest is also home to one plant that lives nowhere else on earth, the Siskiyou Mariposa Lily.

The region’s bird diversity is astonishing and includes the endangered northern spotted owl as well as northern goshawks and olive-sided flycatchers. Unfortunately, multiple fires in the last five years have taken their toll on this National Forest. The damage has affected not only critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl but also habitat for threatened and endangered coho salmon. And due to the large burn area in some regions of the forest, seed sources are minimal to non-existent.

Your gift tree planted in Klamath National Forest can make a real impact with the planting of trees including Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar. Reforestation efforts will shorten the time frame for re-establishing forest habitat for the northern spotted owl, protect aquatic habitat for coho salmon, provide slope stability, and reduce potential long-term erosion.

Custer-Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Custer-Gallatin National Forest

Custer-Gallatin National Forest encompasses more than 3 million acres of rugged mountains, including the tallest peak in Montana and remote buttes and bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota. It features one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the region. Rugged wilderness, high peaks, and rolling hills can be found amid streams, lakes, and rivers.

In 2012, five wildfires raged through southeastern Montana. More than 140,000 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest lands were wiped out, with much of the forested acres experiencing moderate to high burn intensity. The area is struggling to regenerate naturally and is in need of replanting.

Your gifted tree here in Custer-Gallatin national Forest will help with the planting of native ponderosa pines throughout the burn area. These newly planted trees will restore area forest cover, improve watershed health, and reestablish critical habitat for elk, deer, and goshawks.

Pike San Isabel National Forest, Colorado

Pike San Isabel National Forest

Spanning more than 1 million acres in central Colorado, Pike San Isabel National Forest offers visitors a diverse landscape — from short-grass prairies to alpine tundra – an ecosystem rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Not only is the area noted for the majority of fourteen-thousand-foot peaks in Colorado, but it also supplies more than 60 percent of the water used by Denver residents. Due to its beauty and location, the forest consistently ranks in the top ten national forests visited each year.

In the last 20 years, this National Forest has experienced several large wildfires. Not only have these fires had a devastating impact on the watershed providing water to the city of Denver, but in many areas, 100% of the trees were lost, and along with them, future seed sources for natural regeneration.

Your gifted tree here will help plant ponderosa pines and Douglas-firs to ensure the area recovers after the intense wildfire damage. These trees will re-establish critical wildlife habitat and protect Denver’s water source. In addition, the reforestation will provide new seed sources for natural regeneration.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Tree scene from Gifford Pinchot National Forest with Mt. Adams looming in the background.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. The forest is located in a mountainous volcanic region in southwestern Washington, encompassing over 1,300,000 acres. The forest’s highest point is at 12,276 ft. at the top of Mount Adams.

Unfortunately, this iconic peak has recently suffered three large wildfires. It is now necessary to restore these fire ravaged areas because the vegetation is not regenerating naturally. Your replanting will stabilize the slopes and improve the watershed health, making the revitalization of the ecosystem possible, helping biodiversity find shelter and hikers to discover original landscapes.

Your gifted tree here will help plant Ponderosa pine, western larch, Douglas-fir, and western white pines to ensure the area recovers after the intense wildfire damage. This selection of native mixed conifer seedlings is optimal to protect the forest from future fires and diseases, and aid in re-establishing  critical wildlife habitat.