In celebration of Earth Day, I want to share an organization that I recently became acquainted with that is supporting the efforts of saving our National Forests. Trees for Change is a wonderful option for honoring a loved one or pet.
According to Trees for Change, the U.S. National Forests cover 8.5 percent of the United States, providing roughly 190 million acres of woodlands that serve as the home to many species of animals. These lands belong to all of us and are meant to help preserve the environment for future generations.
Sometimes, areas of U.S. National Forests need our help. When wildfires rip through them, wildlife becomes displaced, and the forests are badly scorched. Replanting trees can help to regrow these areas in order to ensure that they can one day become homes for wildlife again and places where families can explore and discover the beauty of nature.
Trees for a Change is a service that lets you do good while giving gifts to people who matter in your life. We make it possible for you to pay to have a tree or a grove of trees planted in honor of a loved one, friend, customer or employee or in memory of a deceased person or pet. Their tree gifts cost less than the average bouquet of flowers, and they make a big difference for U.S. National Forest lands.
Here’s how it works:
- You purchase the tree gift of your choice using their secure online checkout system.
- They send out the gift to you or the recipient of your present.
- A tree or a group of trees is planted in an area of a U.S. Forest that’s been damaged by fire.
- Information about where the tree is located and photos of it are posted online.
- The recipient of your gift can go online and learn about the tree. They can even use a map to find it and plan a trip to visit it!
In the age of simplicity, I think Trees for Change is a meaningful gift for both receiver and giver. I certainly know I’ll be supporting this great mission with a tree to honor loved ones in my life.
Happy Earth Day!
Pam Brandon is President/Founder of AGE-u-cate Training Institute and a passionate advocate for older adults and those who serve them.