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The NFF is extremely appreciative of the support our tree-planting partners provide as we work with the U.S. Forest Service to replant some of the millions of acres that are in need of reforestation.

NFF Tree-planting Program Continues to Grow

Since 2009 the NFF has planted more than 4 million trees

Lolo Tree-planting
A seedling takes root on the Lolo National Forest.

Thanks to our dedicated partners, the National Forest Foundation's (NFF) tree-planting program continued to grow through 2012. Our National Forests are continually challenged by catastrophic wildfires, insects, disease and severe weather events. Newly planted trees sequester carbon and clean the air; they prevent sediment and other pollutants from entering streams and rivers that provide fresh water for 123 million Americans; they provide habitat for countless wildlife species; and they enhance the recreational opportunities for millions of Americans each year. The NFF is extremely appreciative of the support our tree-planting partners provide as we work with the U.S. Forest Service to replant some of the millions of acres that are in need of reforestation.  

Since 2009, the NFF has completed projects in National Forests across the country. From planting conifer trees in Montana to American chestnut restoration in Appalachia, the NFF has implemented dozens of projects and planted more than 4 million trees. This amazing work would not have been possible without the support of our many partners. 

The National Forest System sites where the NFF and our tree-planting partners completed work in 2012 include:

  • Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico: 37,000 trees.
  • Ochoco National Forest, Oregon: 12,000 trees.
  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin: 22,000  trees.
  • Monongahela, Hoosier and Wayne National Forests, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio: 2,500 trees.
  • Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota: 37,000 trees.
  • Osceola National Forest, Florida: 125,000 trees.
  • Superior National Forest, Minnesota: 6,000 trees.
  • Angeles National Forest, California: 10,000 trees.
  • Pike National Forest, Colorado: 2,300 trees.
  • Lolo National Forest, Montana: 90,000 trees.
  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona: 30,000 trees.
  • Coconino National Forest, Arizona: 100,000 trees.
  • Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho: 51,000 trees.

As the trees planted in 2012 begin to take root and grow, we�re looking forward to continuing the success of our tree-planting program. As the official nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF is uniquely positioned to accomplish significant restoration work on National Forests across the country. For the coming year, we are working with the U.S. Forest Service to identify a diverse suite of large-scale reforestation projects in areas that demand our attention. These projects will ensure that your tree-planting donations continue to be part of a comprehensive and holistic restoration plan, providing additional value for your tree-planting dollars. 

NFF Specialists

Mary Mitsos

Vice President, Conservation Programs 
NFF conservation programs, community-based conservation
406-830-3351 
mmitsos@nationalforests.org

Greg Peters

Director of Communications
NFF conservation programs and events, community-based conservation
406-830-3361 
gpeters@nationalforests.org

Wes Swaffar

Ecosystem Services Program Manager
Tree-planting & Carbon Capital Fund programs 
406-830-3356 
wswaffar@nationalforests.org

Vance Russell

Director, California Program 
NFF programs in CA 
530-758-2609 
vrussell@nationalforests.org

Adam Liljeblad

Director of Conservation Awards
Grants and grant programs
406-830-3357
aliljeblad@nationalforests.org