Foresting for the future

By Michele Scott
October 3rd, 2011

Wells Fargo knows trees help make our planet greener and healthier—not just for us now but for generations to come. That’s why we’re putting down roots across the nation!

Two views of a Jack Pine treeIn partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit conservation and education organization, we’re helping to replant forests in Michigan and Oregon, restore fire-damaged land in Colorado, and encourage interest in natural science in Virginia.

In 2011, we helped plant nearly 84,000 trees. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, one tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its lifetime. These trees will “breathe” in tons of CO2, keeping it out of the atmosphere and helping reduce the effects of global warming.

As John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club, once said, “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” We hope our efforts will open almost 42,000 of John Muir’s metaphorical doors, and give some real meaning to our commitment to the environment and our communities.

Together Wells Fargo and the Arbor Day Foundation are shaping the future by …

Helping bring life back to our nation’s forests:

  • Michigan: Fifty-five thousand Jack pine trees were planted in the Pere Marquette State Forest, well-known for its scenic hiking trails, campgrounds, and miles of breathtaking natural beauty. These trees are the natural habitat of the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler, which lives almost exclusively in northern Michigan’s Jack pine forests. Since the Jack pine tree-planting program began, the bird’s population has increased, bringing the threatened bird back from the brink of extinction.
  • Oregon: Along the Oregon coast, the Tillamook State Forest is enjoyed by thousands of Portland residents. More than twenty-eight thousand Red Alder, Western Cedar, and Western Hemlock trees were planted to help in the restoration of this diverse and sustainable forest.

Helping bring life to local communities:

    Some shots from Four Mile Canyon
  • Colorado: Last September, the Four Mile Canyon Fire in the Boulder foothills burned 6,200 acres and was one of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado’s history. We wanted to help this community by donating 250 Ponderosa Pine seedlings to the Four Mile Fire Department. On September 24, Wells Fargo Green Team volunteers and members of the Fire Department Fire Crew planted the seedlings to reforest some of these damaged lands. When mature, these trees will help reduce soil erosion, promote forest health, and heal Boulder’s fire damaged foothills.
  • Virginia: On September 24 the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond distributed 250 Colorado Blue Spruce saplings to people attending the GoGreen Garden Festival. By planting these saplings, Virginians may enjoy the benefits these trees will provide.

Again, we’re so proud to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation, and be able to give some real meaning to our commitment to the environment and our communities!

We hope you’ll join us and support our efforts by choosing to turn off your paper statements, volunteering in your own community, or perhaps even making a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation. Thank you so much, and remember, together we can make a difference!

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