Celebrating the culmination of a four-year partnership to plant 361,000 trees across North America, BAPS Charities volunteers presented The Nature Conservancy’s leadership with a check for $100,000 on October 31, 2019. The teams gathered at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Since 2017, thousands of saplings have been planted to restore Long Leaf Pine forests across nine states, specifically the Mississippi Floodplain forest in Mississippi and Arkansas. These efforts supported The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative to address climate change, soil erosion, and restore natural ecosystems. Over the years, BAPS Charities also contributed trees to the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities project which supports planting efforts in urban areas to strengthen the tree canopies that keep major cities cool and provide for cleaner air.
Forests sustain life around the planet. They filter water, clean our air, support communities of people and provide habitat for thousands of important plant and animal species.
BAPS Charities volunteers and The Nature Conservancy staff have worked closely for several years coordinating over 76 walks joined by over 23,000 walkers. The closing ceremony served as an opportunity to appreciate the impact of the partnership, what is possible when two distinct organizations with unique strengths join together to address environmental challenges.