Missoula, Mont. – Disney announced today a $6 million investment in forest carbon projects in California, including support of the National Forest Foundation’s (NFF) Carbon Capital Fund, which reforests National Forests damaged by natural disasters while providing verified carbon offsets for voluntary carbon markets. This project builds on Disney’s longstanding history of nature conservation and environmental stewardship, a legacy that spans more than 60 years. The company’s investment marks more than $20 million to forest carbon projects since 2009.
“Disney’s citizenship efforts are focused on the well-being of children and families, and conserving nature for future generations is an important part of this commitment,” said Leslie Goodman, senior vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Disney. “The work we do with dedicated environmental stewards, including the National Forest Foundation, is helping to protect forest ecosystems and wildlife habitats that are critical to the livelihood of communities across California.”
The investment with NFF will result in the reforestation of approximately 900 acres with more than 150,000 trees in the Angeles National Forest, outside of the city of Los Angeles, an area heavily damaged by the 2009 Station Fire. The Angeles National Forest provides 33 percent of Los Angeles County’s water and hosts 72 percent of the county’s open space. Reforestation of the areas damaged by the Station Fire is a priority for the forest and the National Forest Foundation. Prompt reforestation helps prevent the establishment of invasive weeds, protects water supplies, and improves wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.“The NFF is excited to collaborate with Disney in demonstrating how America’s National Forests can be part of a multi-pronged solution to global climate change,” said NFF President Bill Possiel. “This investment will improve forest health and directly benefit the tens of millions who live near the Angeles National Forest.”
The project is being registered on the American Carbon Registry. Only native trees, adapted to the Angeles National Forest, are being planted as part of this project.
Vice President, Conservation Programs
NFF conservation programs, community-based conservation
Ecosystem Services Program Manager
Tree-planting & Carbon Capital Fund programs
Director, Northwest Programs
NFF programs in WA, OR, AK, ID
Director, California Program
NFF programs in CA
Director of Conservation Awards
Grants and grant programs