This map indicates the National Forests where we are currently having trees planted in. The forests are
subject to change without notice, as reforestation programs may be opened or closed at any time.
** Forest selection for your gift will be made on the order form **
Current Planting Locations
3. (closed program)
4. Northeast Mississippi
5. (closed program)
6. Blanco River (TX)
7. Moore (OK)
8. Black Forest (CO)
9. Big Thompson Canyon (CO)
11. Chippewa Nat’l Forest (MN)
14. Rochester (NY)
15. Willow Tree (AK)
16. Baton Rouge (LA)
17. Gatlinburg (TN)
What are Tree Recovery Programs?
Tree Recovery Programs are replanting efforts which take place within communities and their surrounding regions hit hard by natural catastrophes, as opposed to within National Forests. Coordinated with state forest agencies, civic groups and individual citizens, tens of thousands of trees are being replaced in areas where massive fires or huge storms have wiped out forest coverage or urban tree canopies. Trees may be planted on private lands, as well as public, in an effort to replace the trees that existed before the devastation occurred.
GATLINBURG, TN – 2016 – On November 23, a fire was discovered outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near the top of a steep hill known as Chimney Tops. The blaze spread quickly because of the dry weather conditions this year. More than 17,000 acres have been damaged and more than 2,400 structures have been damaged or destroyed. 14,000 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. The county estimates that more than $500 million in damages were caused by the fire.
NEW JERSEY – 2012 – Super Storm Sandy devastated the tree cover of New Jersey and neighboring states. The New Jersey tree Recovery Program is geared toward replacing the trees which were a part of people’s daily lives. Trees in highway medians, city parks, along sidewalks and even in residents’ front yards.
KENTUCKY – 2012 – On March 2, 2012, 19 tornadoes tore through more than 100 miles of cities, towns and countryside in Kentucky. The lethal storms killed 22 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees from yards, parks and forests. The destruction was so great that President Barack Obama declared 16 Kentucky counties federal disaster areas.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS – 2014 – On April 17, an EF4 tornado touched down in Arkansas, in and around Mayflower and Vilonia counties. The tornado remained on the ground for over an hour—reaching wind speeds of up to 190 mph—and took 16 lives. It is considered among the most deadly tornadoes to hit Arkansas since 1968.
NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI – 2014 – On April 28, an EF4 wedge tornado struck Tupelo and Louisville, Mississippi. 10 people died in the city of Louisville and more than 80 people were injured. In Tupelo, approximately 2,000 residences and 100 commercial structures were damaged or destroyed, and more than 4,000 residents were left without power.
BLANCO RIVER (TX) – 2015 – On May 24, 2015, the Blanco River crested more than 27 feet above its flood stage due to heavy storms throughout the weekend. The rapid rise of the river caused massive flooding in several central Texas communities along its bank, destroying more than 350 homes and taking 12 lives.
LOST PINES STATE FOREST (TX) – 2011 – On September 4th, 2011, devastating wildfires raged through Central Texas, scorching the Lost Pines Forest of Bastrop, TX. The fires destroyed over 32,000 acres of land, 96% of Bastrop State Park, and over 1,600 homes—making it the single most destructive wildfire in Texas’ history.
MOORE, OKLAHOMA – 2013 – The 2013 Moore tornado was an EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma and adjacent areas on the afternoon of May 20, 2013; with peak winds estimated at 210 mph, killing over 20 people and injuring hundreds of other people. The tornado was part of a system that had produced several other tornadoes across the region and which also caused massive damage.
BLACK FOREST (CO) – 2013 -The Black Forest Fire was sparked on June 11, 2013, and it raged through Black Forest, Colorado. This devastating fire surpassed the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire to become the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history—burning more than 14,000 acres, destroying more than 450 homes and taking two lives.
BIG THOMPSON CANYON (CO) – 2013 -On September 12, 2013, massive flooding overtook the many small communities that border the Big Thompson Canyon. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in 48 hours near Estes Park, and more than 13 inches fell near Drake. Hundreds of trees standing in the flood water’s path were damaged or lost, and the tree canopy was greatly affected.
NEBRASKA – 2014 – The spring of 2014 brought two highly destructive storms to rural communities in Nebraska. On May 11, an EF3 tornado tore through the community of Beaver Crossing, completely destroying 16 homes and damaging over 200 other homes and other buildings. Then barely a month later, twin EF4 tornadoes ripped through the town of Pilger, NE, on June 16.
WASHINGTON – 2014 – On July 17, lightning ignited numerous spots in Okanogan County, Washington. These lighting strikes produced four separate wildfires that came together and became known as the Carlton Complex Fire. This fire was the largest recorded fire in Washington’s history. The Carlton Complex Fire burned 256,108 acres and caused an estimated $98 million in damage. It destroyed over 300 homes and devastated the region’s natural habitat.
ROCHESTER, NY – 2014 – This program supplies trees not to replace those destroyed by fire, but those destroyed by an invasive insect – the Emerald ash borer (EAB). This insect as been devouring indigenous ash tree groves and forests across the country since 2002 and, in 2009, it was found ravaging Rochester’s native ash forests. Millions of trees have been affected thus far. This pest has no native predators and trees that have been infected usually die off within 2-4 years. This program aims to slow and reverse this inexorable loss of urban tree canopy.
Willow, AK – 2015 – The Sockeye Fire was a wildfire that occurred near Willow in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough area of the US state of Alaska, about 60 miles north of Anchorage. Within days it grew to over 7000 acres and burned more than 50 homes. It was started by residents as a consequence of careless and unsupervised burning. 1700 people had to be evacuated as well as hundreds of sled dogs.
Baton Rouge, LA – 2016 – In mid-August, over the course of 5 days, 20″ of rain fell on the city of Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. 60,000 homes were flooded, 113 lives were lost and the communities of the region were inundated and nearly wiped out. But these areas will be re-built, and trees planted through this program will be distributed to residents, so that they can regain the what was lost and create beauty in the landscape once again.
Previous Planting Locations
The Trees Remember has helped people plant over 85,000 trees in such locations as:
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Plumas National Forest
Gallatin National Forest
Superior National Forest
Blackwater River State Forest
Seminole National Forest