ACE USA Makes Donation to American Forests to Support National Tree-Planting and Ecosystem Restoration Projects
ACE USA’s contribution supports the following tree-planting programs affiliated with American Forests:
* California – San Bernardino National Forest staff will plant more than 85,000 seedlings and more than 1,000 trees in the region to reestablish conifer vegetation that was damaged as a result of The Butler II Fire and Slide Fire, which burned more than 27,000 acres.
* Maryland – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry, will plant 12,000 seedlings on park, private and institutional lands, and 1,000 street trees in urban areas of Maryland and Virginia. This project will reduce the urban heat island effect and decrease the storm water runoff, nitrogen and phosphorous that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
* New York – Trout Unlimited and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will plant 1,700 trees and shrubs on the stream bank, floodplain, and upland slopes of Horton Brook, a critical trout spawning and thermal refuse stream that runs through the western edge of Catskill State Park in New York.
* Oregon – Oregon Trout will plant 17,000 trees, as well as undertake fencing and post-project monitoring efforts to ensure long-term survival of the trees, as part of the organization’s “100,000 Trees in the Deschutes River Basin” project.
* Wisconsin – The Hardwood Forestry Fund will convert farmland that is at high risk of erosion into a high-density hardwood forest to restore, protect and enhance the critical river’s edge ecosystem along the Lower Wisconsin Riverway in southwestern Wisconsin.