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Note: By the end of April 2011 the reforestation in Plumas National Forest will be continued. Meanwhile, we are waiting on available forests from the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Service to continue the “My blog is carbon neutral”-initiative.


How and where the trees are planted?

The trees are planted in Plumas National Forest in Northern California by “Arbor Day Foundation” our partner in US for the “My blog is carbon neutral” initiative. The “Arbor Day Foundation” is a non-profit conservation and education organization with the goal helping reforest 5,500 acres of Plumas National Forest with 792,000 trees.

bildschirmfoto A series of lightning strikes triggered the Antelope Complex Fire on July 5, 2007, which burned nearly 23,000 acres of Plumas’ timber in less than a week. The Moonlight Fire struck just two months later, destroying 65,000 forest acres and requiring more than three weeks to contain.

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The Moonlight Fire destroyed 65,000 forest acres!

On September 5, 2007 the Moonlight Fire was advanced by northerly winds through the Plumas National Forest in Northern California. According to reports from the National Forest Service, the fire had grown to 28,000 acres since its start on September 3. This image from the NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the fire spreading smoke over the Sacramento Valley on September 5.

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image: NASA earthobservatory

The area where MODIS detected actively burning fire is outlined in red. The terrain where the fire is burning has heavy timber, a lot of small fuels (slash) lying on the ground, and 80 percent slopes; the extremely steep terrain is a significant challenge for firefighters.

Our aim is to reforest Plumas National Forest

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For every single one of the participating blogs, “Make it Green” and “Arbor Day Foundation” are planting a tree in Plumas National Forest. With your support, we are helping reforest Plumas National Forest with as much trees as possible. In the spring of 2010, Douglas-fir, red and white firs, and incense cedars will be planted alongside ponderosa pine and sugar pine trees. These new trees will help prevent soot and soil runoff into Plumas’ precious water supplies. Now, we are reforesting it with your help!

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We plant trees, both in Germany (in the upper Harz region) and in Northern California. Why are we doing this? Because the reduction of carbon emissions by planting trees has the same effect, regardless of where in the world the trees are planted. It involves all of us to give something back to our environment.

(Source of pictures: Arbor Day Foundation)

Further informationen and pictures at “Arbor Day Foundation” .

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Planting will start soon on Plumas National Forest!

The Project Coordinators have been waiting for snowmelt in late March and early April. The scheduled start plant date is Monday, April 19, 2010 and the trees will be planted by a contracted crew.  The roads are being plowed, all contracts solidified, and twelve shipments of 150,000 seedling each are being assembled.

The project headquarters is in Quincy, California and the planting is being planned by the Forest Vegetative Officer for Plumas National Forest.

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The reforestation progress in Plumas National Forest …

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Who’s participating?

Note: By the end of April 2011 the reforestation in Plumas National Forest will be continued. Meanwhile, we are waiting on available forests from the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Service to continue the “My blog is carbon neutral”-initiative.

If you want to see which blogs we made carbon neutral you can browse through our participant list. Here you can find the latest 25 supporters. Your blog is missing? Then let us know and we will make your blog carbon neutral too!

Currently 1188 blogs take part in our initiative!

Who's participating?

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What do our participants think about the initiative?


One view of a participant who takes part in our initiative:
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“I’m glad to know new saplings are being planted.  Sometimes it seems like we’re losing more trees than ever. I remember going on drives when I was a kid and between every city there were a lot of wildlands and trees.  Now there’s a lot of houses and streets and a few trees, but nothing like when I was a little girl.”
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Thanks again,
Wanda