PLANTING REPORT 2021
YEAR IN REVIEW
2021 (86,486 ACRES)
“There can be no purpose
more enspiriting than to begin
the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous
diversity of life
that still surrounds us.”
— E.O. Wilson June 10, 1929 – December 26, 2021
SOUTHWEST WESTERN AUSTRALIA
1,000,000 TREES PLANTED
STRONG GROWTH In our 8th year, One Tree Planted is excited to continue with exponential growth and incredible year-over-year success with our reforestation projects. Before we've even reached a decade of planting, we've been able to get more than 40,000,000 trees in the ground!
40,000,000+ TREES PLANTED TO DATE
UNITED STATES 6,314,471
COTE GHANA D'IVOIRE 280,000 250,000
UGANDA KENYA 190,000 1,150,000
INDIA THAILAND 23,461
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SRI 10,000 LANKA
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
NEW ZEALAND 196,565
DENMARK ENGLAND 4,026
CALIFORNIA FOREST FIRE RECOVERY
1,200,000 TREES PLANTED
WE CREATE IMPACT
ECONOMIC & SOCIAL
TREE SPECIES PLANTED
WE PLANTED 1,249 TREE SPECIES IN 2021!
PROJECT HIGHLIGHT ENYEZINI, MALAWI
100,000 TREES PLANTED
We're dedicated to making tree planting an accessible experience for all communities that want to make a positive impact for the environment close to home. That's why every spring & fall, One Tree Planted organizes volunteer events to plant trees around the world. 2021 saw 10,000+ volunteers get their hands in the dirt while following all local health and safety guidelines.
VOLUNTEERS ENGAGED 25
246,711 TREES PLANTED
URBAN FORESTRY FOR TREE EQUITY IN THE U.S. More people than ever live in urban areas, and without trees, our cities will become less livable due to a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island Effect. Cities can be up to 20°F hotter than their surrounding environments. For 2022, we already have projects lined up in 15 cities that would most benefit from urban forestry, as measured by their Tree Equity Score.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN MILWAUKEE, WI
MEMPHIS, TN ATLANTA, GA
LOS ANGELES, CA
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK NEW ORLEANS, LA
SAN JOSE, CA
NEW YORK, NY
URBAN FORESTRY AROUND THE WORLD IN 2022 Our urban forestry program continues to grow across nearly all regions. We already have 25+ projects lined up for 2022 — and will continue to expand our impact in urban areas. We seek to remain flexible to new opportunities, while also strategically targeting projects that address environmental justice and help communities achieve tree equity.
Restoring a priority conservation area with local school groups
Engaging youth to plant trees in London to mitigate climate change
Planting trees at schools for environmental education, sustainability, and social equity
Planting trees at school for environmental education, sustainability, and social equity
Using mini-forests to plant trees where they are needed most in Paris and beyond Planting trees in 15 cities across the US to increase Tree Equity
School-based tree plantings for youth engagement and climate awareness Community-led native tree nursery to plant at local schools
PROJECT HIGHLIGHT ORCA WHALE PROJECT
780,000 TREES PLANTED
In 2021, we significantly grew our monitoring program. From rural farming communities in Africa and remote sections of the Amazon to burn scars in California, our planting partners around the globe have varying degrees of access to technology — which affects their ability to scale up, communicate effectively and provide quality monitoring. We're working to bridge this gap by providing key partners with reliable technology — including cell phones, computers, satellite internet, drones, video equipment and software — as well as the necessary training and support to collect and analyze data. This helps ensure that they can record quality monitoring data and provide accurate updates on the progress of their planting programs!
built into all projects
CO-HOSTED DRONE WEBINAR WITH OVER 200 ATTENDEES
GAVE 2 IN PERSON DRONE WORKSHOPS
DEVELOPED SOFTWARE PROCESSING PIPELINE
process 3D drone maps and models
1 VIRTUAL WEBINAR
2000 PHOTOS IMPROVED DATA ADDED TO MAP REQUIREMENTS FROM 7 COUNTRIES AND EDUCATION (AND GROWING FOR ALL PROJECTS QUICKLY)
PROJECT HIGHLIGHT UTTAR PRADESH, MADYA PRADESH, MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA, RAJASTHAN, & UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
1,500,000 TREES PLANTED
THANK YOU TO
OUR AMAZING PARTNERS
From mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 companies and foundations, our supporting partners' commitment to reforestation are at the core of our operations. Without their unwavering commitment we wouldn't be able to do what we do best — plant trees! Thank you to all the incredible partners who have signed on to plant trees and make a tangible and positive impact for our planet and our future!
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS 9/11 MEMORIAL
Our Urban Forestry, Sports and Executive teams worked together with Gillette Stadium to create a beautiful living memorial on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
During Earth Month, the One Tree Planted van traveled to project sites and tree planting events up and down the US west coast!
Key members of our Executive, Projects and Fundraising teams attended and participated in COP26 for the first time in 2021
Members of our Monitoring and Projects teams visited planting sites across North America and Latin America!
TO TREES IN THE GROUND
We want as much of our supporters' donations to go to planting trees as possible. Every year, we work to maximize efficiency & shrink the percentage of revenue going towards salaries, office space, professional fees, platforms, etc. Despite our growth, our operating cost was below our target of 20% of annual costs!
*other includes office costs, professional fees, technology expenses
Numbers may shift slightly upon auditing processes
With generous support from the Bezos Earth Fund, One Tree Planted is honored to be an implementation partner of AFR100 and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
BUKINA FASO NIGER
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
GUINEA AR100, the African Forest Landscape GHANA ETHIOPIA Restoration initiative, is a country-led effort to SIERRA LEONE NIGERIA UGANDA bring over 100 million hectares of land in DEMOCRATIC KENYA REPUBLIC OF CONGO COTE Africa into restoration by 2030. It aims to D'IVOIRE CAMEROON RWANDA accelerate restoration to enhance food BURUNDI REPUBLIC OF CONGO security, increase climate change resilience ZAMBIA MALAWI and mitigation, and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in ZIMBABWE COUNTRIES HAVE COMMITTED NAMBIA Africa, along with local communities,
national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
At COP26, AFR100 issued a challenge to HECTARES mobilize $2 Billion for the initiative by COP27, which will be held on African soil in 2022!
Reforestation at any scale requires a secure supply of healthy, native seedlings — preferably grown in a nursery at or near the planting site to reduce transportation costs and increase acclimation to the local climate. Strategic investment in nursery production allows for a diversity of trees to be grown and planted at scale while also creating jobs for local communities. On the west coast, we've built partnerships with large nurseries to help address seedling shortages. On the east coast, we're exploring options to grow our planting capacity throughout New England and beyond!
access to large scale reserved nursery access to one of the nurseries to help space (2.5M seedlings largest seed banks in supply projects for 2022, 5M for 2023, the Pacific Northwest 7M for 2024)