Nonprofit establishes wildfire tree replanting fund with 1 million tree goal

The campaign image for the Wildfire Tree Replanting Fund displays the words “Help replant our burned forests,” over the image of a forest on fire.

PORTLAND

Oregon Parks Forever, a statewide nonprofit, on Tuesday announced the establishment of a Wildfire Tree Replanting Fund. The goal of the fund is to plant at least 1 million trees. For each dollar donated, a tree will be planted.

Since the 1990’s, Oregon has seen significant increases in the number of acres burned statewide. 2020 saw the second largest number of acres burned since 1990. During the summer of 2020, more than one million acres of trees on Oregon lands were burned. This was more than twice the average annual amount of damage that Oregon experienced between 2010 and 2019.

This comes at a time when the budgets of public land managers are already stressed due to ongoing funding challenges and the COVID pandemic.

We want to help the public lands get replanted soon, so that in the future our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same green and lush forests and landscape we have been able to enjoy.

Why should we replant after a fire? Trees provide the very necessities of life. They clear our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities and feed our souls. Our forests provide critical wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreational opportunities. They sequester carbon and help reduce soil erosion by stabilizing slopes and preventing landslides.

How can you help?

Depending on how much money is raised, we will work with the public land managers from the US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Parks & Recreation, and the county parks departments in Clackamas, Marion, Lane and Jackson counties to determine the greatest need and potential impact.

We have set a goal of raising enough funds to plant at least 1 million, to ensure that in the future, and for future generations, these burned areas will once again be lush and green!

Each dollar donated will plant one tree!

Donations can be online at www.orparksforever.org; send a Text Message on your phone to REPLANT at 41444 or mail a check to Oregon Parks Forever, 1501 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, OR 97201.

About Oregon Parks Forever

Since 1995, Oregon Parks Forever (formerly known as Oregon State Parks Foundation) has been raising funds to help supplement existing funding sources to preserve and protect the experience of using Oregon’s parks. Oregon Parks Forever is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission includes working with federal, state, local and tribal public land managers to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in all Oregon parks. As outdoor recreation has exploded in popularity, additional wear and tear, and years of deferred maintenance, have resulted in the costs of running Oregon parks exceeding available funding.

Since 1995, Oregon Parks Forever has supported many vital projects such as restoring Vista House at Crown Point, helping to renovate five Oregon Lighthouses, preserving the Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum, and putting the first yurts in State Parks anywhere in the country.

Most recently, the organization raised funds to build a residential outdoor school facility at the Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

Oregon Parks Forever is a 501©(3) nonprofit, for which donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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