A Commitment to Planting One Tree for Every Project We Complete
As a restoration company, we are intimately aware of the toll a disaster can take on a community. Disasters are devastating all around. What isn’t often talked about is the toll a disaster can take on the environment.
At Interstate, we are committed to addressing the entire disaster life cycle and part of that commitment means helping restore the environment after a disaster, too.
In July 2018, Interstate partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit focused on reforestation. As part of this on-going initiative, we are funding the planting of one tree for every restoration project we complete. We are focusing our planting in areas throughout North America that have been impacted by wildfires, with a specific portion of our donation going toward the non-profit’s “Million Tree Challenge” in California.
For some, trees hold a sentimental value and can offer a sense of stability. For others, planting trees can symbolize rebirth and provide a sense of hope to a community after a disaster. Then there are the economic benefits. Trees help provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people on this planet. And, of course, the environmental benefits, too – improving air quality and naturally filtering our rivers, lakes and streams. But trees also play a vital role in helping to minimize the impacts of natural disasters.
In fact, every year between $2-3.5 billion in disaster damage is saved worldwide because of forests. Trees on mountain slopes reduce avalanches, keep the ground fertile, regulate freshwater flow and help stop or slow down landslides. Mangroves and other coastal forests can help control flooding and reduce damage caused by storm surges and tsunamis. And, well-managed forests can actually decrease the risk of wildfire.
We are proud of this initiative and know it will have a lasting impact on generations to come.
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For more information on One Tree Planted, visit onetreeplanted.org.