PolyPak America continues our work to protect the environment. An excellent way to help make a difference can be as simple as planting a tree.
Consider these facts as presented by the American Forests organization:
In a year, an acre of forest (approx. 250 trees per acre) can consume the amount of carbon dioxide created by driving a car 26,000 miles, about twice the annual mileage for an average driver.
- A single tree can absorb 10 lbs of air pollutants per year.
- A single average healthy mature tree produces roughly 260 lbs of net oxygen annually. The average person consumes 386 lbs of oxygen per year.
- An acre of trees produces roughly 65,000 lbs of oxygen, enough to supply 168 people with a yearly supply of oxygen.
- Planting trees near a home can reduce wind exposure and reduces heating bills by 2-8%
In 2010 PolyPak America partnered with AmericanForests.org and now supports tree planting initiatives in the following projects:
Chiginagak Volcano Valley, Alaska Native Tree Restoration Project, Alaska
Organization: Keep America Eco-Clean and Green, Inc.
The Chiginagak Volcano Valley in the Alaskan Peninsula was damaged by a lahar flow that greatly decreased the wildlife population and destroyed much of the foliage. The lahar flow also reached creeks, contaminating the water and the wildlife that live in them with sulfuric acid. The purpose of this project is to restore the native habitat and protect the water by replanting 350,000 trees. The trees to be planted are alders, poplars, willows, and dwarf conifers to ensure native species diversity. This project also benefits the area economically. The rivers and streams damaged by the lahar flow feed into Bristol Bay, which supports a large fishing industry. Repairing the ecosystem will bring back fish into these streams and ultimately into Bristol Bay.
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Los Padres Conifer Forests Restoration, California Organization: Los Padres National Forest
The Los Padres conifer forests are in decline due to the expansive fires experienced in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Altogether, these fires burned about 700,000 acres. The Los Padres Management Plan identified the forest in 2005 as having only 8% of the forests land base in a forested condition, with the vast majority of the remaining land base being chaparral. Tree planting will speed up the recovery of some of the conifer vegetation in this forest. This project will aim to plant 192,000 trees over 1,200 acres of national forest land.
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Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Creation, Michigan Organization: Huron- Manistee National Forest
This reforestation project in the Huron Manistee National Forest is designed to plant 402,000 trees over 369 acres with the state of Michigan and the US Forest Service in order to provide habitat restoration for the Kirtland’s Warbler. The Kirtland’s Warbler is an endangered species song bird which requires both the particular Jack Pine specie to nest in and scattered openings of land to fulfill their habitat needs. The trees themselves must be 4-15 years old for the Kirtland’s Warbler to nest in, making the ultimate effect of this project not fully realized until down the road. The Jack Pines and field openings that the Kirtland’s Warbler requires will be put in place to combat the ever increasing encroachment of human presence on the bird’s habitat. The trees for this project will be planted in the spring of 2010 by local contractors.
Nkor Watershed Regeneration, Cameroon, Africa Organization: Apiculture and Nature Conservation Organization (ANCO)
The Nkor village is suffering from an intensely degraded watershed, which is the only source of potable water for the village. For a long time, the people of Nkor exploited the submontane forest that protected their watershed; it was diminished to almost a barren state. The results were severe: water shortage, loss of traditional medicine sources, fuel wood shortage, and more. Having realized the harm they were causing to themselves their elected local council appealed to ANCO earlier this year to assist them in protecting their watershed. The project will plant 45,000 trees in the region, including many native trees.
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How can you help?
- Every time you purchase a product on our website, we will plant a tree in your behalf.
- The more you purchase, the more trees we will plant.
- PolyPak America will plant a tree on your behalf in one of four forestation projects around the world managed by our partner American Forests.
- Every year we will add new tree planting projects to our roster
- This is a simple and convenient way to show your proactive support in making a long lasting difference to our environment.
- Thank you for your support.
For more interesting facts about the positive effects of planting a tree, download this overview of Tree Facts from American Forests. CLICK HERE