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  • Thanks to our in-country team's hard work, we have developed deep and respectful relationships in all levels of community and government departments. We make concerted efforts to form and secure written agreements with a clause leading to a perpetual forest. Further, to ensure protection in perpetuity, our funding strategy includes salaries for guards while we restore forests.

  • We make every effort to ensure the forest we plant becomes permanent and sustainable. Towards this end, we have implemented the following steps:

    • We work carefully with all levels of the government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity.
    • We do not plant in logging areas. There is never a 100% guarantee that some form of illegal harvest will not occur. However, we do everything within legal limits to ensure the restoration sites are guaranteed to stand in perpetuity.
    • We hire local communities to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The community members now have an economic incentive to ensure the well-being of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest, and they protect it with great care.
    • We plant agroforestry species (fruit, fodder, and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
    • We do all possible to supply the locals with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
    • We hire forest guards as part of the labor force.
    • Most significantly, we have seen the locals fall in love with their forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through increased fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water, and the formation of microenterprises.
  • Land rights and authority vary from nation to nation and from planting site to planting site. However, the overwhelming majority of our forest restoration projects occur on government-owned land under the local community's direct authority. In contrast, we work on smaller scale agroforestry projects, as seen in many of our projects in Haiti. Agroforestry efforts typically occur at sites owned by small-scale farmers. The one consistent determining factor in each nation is that we have established legal Government Associations and/or Non-Government Organizations, which provide us with the authority to operate effectively and in coordination with all the essential regional and local governance agencies on crucial determinants.

  • The vast majority of the trees at our sites are owned by the local communities who actively participated in restoring their regional forest during their employment period with us. The common but much smaller exception is when agroforestry trees are planted at small plot farmer sites where the land is owned by the local farmer. In such cases, the small plot farmer owns the trees along with the proceeds from the trees.

  • We use various restoration methods such as seedling nurseries, bare-root transfers, and mangrove propagule planting. Each nation uses one or more of these methods depending on the species of trees that are native to that given region. To view detailed information about these methods, click here.

  • We plant a variety tree species; these vary from nation to nation. We do not plant or introduce any invasive species at any of our project sites. We also plant a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use. This prevents the community from going into newly restored forests and provides greater community benefit and involvement in the project.

  • We collect most seeds from nearby remnant forests. If required to supplement the seeds we collect, we purchase seeds from local, trusted seed banks. We do not purchase seedlings; we grow our seedlings in our nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.

Getting involved

  • Once you become a partner, we provide a variety of media assets such as photos, videos, and employee stories, depending on your partnership level. Before using any of these assets, please review our partner marketing and communication guidelines which explain what you can and cannot do with our provided assets.

  • We are committed to dramatically scaling our tree planting operations in the years and decades to come. As such, we are cautiously open to considering cold-contact requests to open new project nations and/or new project sites within our existing project nations. However, we have established an examination process that typically requires a year or more of careful vetting. This critical examination process includes an evaluation of leadership capacity, scalability of planting operations, and the viability of financial and communication systems essential for success. Further, we are a non-profit organization, which means we depend on donations to fund our work. Therefore, we were not able to start a project unless it meets all the criteria established in the examination process. With all of the above in mind, if you would like your country or site to be considered, please email us at [email protected].

  • We are incredibly grateful for those who desire to volunteer with us. However, we do not have opportunities for individuals to volunteer at our planting sites. It is our mission to plant trees as well as alleviate extreme poverty. Therefore, it is essential that the planting work is given to those living in extreme poverty in our project nations. Their employment with us is often their only reliable source of income, so we do not have volunteers do any planting work to provide employment to as many people as possible.

  • We value each of our donors and appreciate your support. We do not offer the opportunity to visit the sites. We have a responsibility to operate in the best interests of our international employees. We do our best to protect and honor our mission and our employees' goals and culture.

  • A few ways you can get involved include: becoming a corporate partner, becoming a foundation partner, purchasing through goodshop, following us on social media, and donating. Please visit partnerships to learn more.


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  • Yes, there is an option to dedicate the donation in honor or memory of someone on the donation page. Please click here to dedicate your donation.

  • We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization – Tax ID 95-4804581. Therefore, donations made to us can be deducted if it is accepted by your nation. We can provide a tax receipt for any donations made.