Magazine article American Forests

Global Releaf Hits 30 Million

Magazine article American Forests

Global Releaf Hits 30 Million

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This spring, American Forests is celebrating the 20th anniversary of our first Global ReLeaf project Initiated in 1988, the Global ReLeaf program has helped individuals, organizations, agencies, and even corporations to improve the environment by planting trees for ecosystem restoration. Our very first project, in Au Sable, Michigan, had the goal of restoring the fragmented and degraded habitat of the Kirtland's warbler (for more on this project and the Global ReLeaf Forest's current status, see page 24).

Since the first days of the program, Global ReLeaf has come a long way, quickly turning into one of American Forests' most popular programs, and making it possible for anyone to make a difference with the slogan and practice of "every dollar plants a tree." In the two decades since its inception. Global ReLeaf has planted trees in ecosystem restoration projects in every state in the union, as well as 33 countries around the world. The program is unique, differing from other tree-planting programs in its desire to involve and educate the local community and its resolve to plant only native species.

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The causes for our projects have been as varied as their locations. …

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