• 1
    mature tree produces oxygen for a family of four
  • 180M
    Americans depends on forests for drinking water
  • 48+
    pounds of CO2 is absorbed by a mature tree in one year
  • 20%
    of the world's oxygen comes from the Amazon rain forest
  • 12%
    decrease in crime due to planting trees in communities
  • 26,000
    miles of CO2 car emissions is absorbed by one acre of trees

Making our world greener and healthier

The Arbor Day Foundation’s MISSION is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. They are creating worldwide recognition around the use of trees as a solution in addressing global issues including clean air and water, reforestation, habitat, and addressing hunger, poverty, and climate change.

Why is it important?

Our forests. They provide wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreational opportunities. They filter our air and our water. They are vital to life as we know it. And they need our help. Thousands of intense fires, insect infestations, disease, and severe weather have all taken their toll on forests around the nation, leaving an urgent need to replant. When it comes to our tropical rain forests, they cover just 2% of the earth’s surface, and yet provide habitat and food for nearly half of all known living species. It's easy to see why protecting them is so important. 

How do they do it?

WIth the help of over 1 million members, the Arbor Day Foundation has been able to plant trees wherever they're needed most. From a local park to a forest around the world, they have inspired people to work together to make our world cleaner, greener, and healthier.

Progress so far?

Since its beginnings in 1972, they’ve planted and distributed more than 250 million trees. Meaning they've been able to line streets, campuses, farms, woods and forests with new trees.

Supporters you may know:

John Travolta, Tim Allen, John Denver, and Crystal Gayle.


US Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters, US Fish & Wildlife, many corporate partners, and other NGO’s around the world.



Replanting Our National Forests

Replanting Our National Forests

Ongoing | Current Project

Replanting Our National Forests is a program in partnership with the US Forest Service and National Association of State Forests. Since 1990, in the wake of the great Yellowstone area fires, the Arbor Day Foundation began this program that has, so far, planted 50 million trees in our nation's public forests for clean air, clean water, and habitat to bring life back to areas devastated by disease and wildfires.
Rain Forest Rescue

Rain Forest Rescue

Ongoing | Current Project

Arbor Day Foundation's Rain Forest Rescue program saves rain forests and changes lives. In 11 countries around the world, the Foundation works directly with local coffee farmers, purchasing their premium shade-grown coffee. By sourcing directly, they receive a higher price. This economic incentive provides schools, access to health care, an improved livelihood, and the inspiration for vigilant care of their rain forest homelands.
Community Tree Recovery

Community Tree Recovery

Ongoing | Current Project

In the wake of tornadoes and other natural disasters, the Foundation's Community Tree Recovery program provides free trees to citizens. So far, more than 1.1 million free trees have been given to people affected by 12 disasters in 11 states to give them hope and new life to help rebuild their yards, neighborhoods and communities.

Active Operating Locations

  • Lincoln, Nebraska (HQ)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Madagascar
  • Ethiopia
  • 50M
    trees planted in our nation's forests since 1990
  • 60,000
    acres of critical tropical rain forest saved
  • 125,000
    Energy-Saving Trees planted
  • 250M
    trees planted since 1972
  • 110M
    trees planted in the last decade
  • 3,300
    Tree City USA communities recognized for best practices
  • 16
  • 800,000
    members nationwide
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