April 17, 2020

A Growing Partnership


American Forest Nooksack
Volunteers plant trees along the Nooksack River in the U.S. state of Washington.

Hundreds of thousands of trees around the world are now helping conserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change, all of which was made possible by a long-term partnership between Alcoa Foundation and American Forests.

Since 2011, the partnership has engaged our employees, communities and partner organizations in championing forest restoration around the world. The latest three-year iteration of the partnership, which ended in 2019, resulted in 7,000 volunteers restoring 121 hectares (300 acres) of forest by planting 230,000 trees. These trees will capture 1,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year as they grow. The partnership also supported the collection of 35 kilograms (78 pounds) of seed, which is enough to produce 140,000 endangered tre
es.

In Spain, more than 650 employee and community volunteers planted 6,700 trees under the guidance of local partner Ecoherencia SCA. Their efforts helped restore rare native forest patches around a newly discovered cultural heritage site and also reclaimed parking lots in Guadarrama National Park.

“Sustainable forest management is one of the main objectives that we have defined within the environmental policy of the Cervo City Council,” said Manuela Méndez, councilor for the environment for the municipality of Cervo. “Being part of the Alcoa Foundation and American Forests project has helped us comply with the roadmap that we have created. For future generations, great forests provide a heritage of incalculable value, both in the landscape and productive sense.”

Pockets of native Atlantic Forest have sprouted in urban areas surrounding our location in Po?os de Caldas, Brazil, with the help of our employees and community partners through the Floresta de Bolso program. In the U.S., the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association coordinated the planting of 22,000 trees by more than 5,000 volunteers from our plants and the surrounding communities to cool waterways that endangered salmon need to spawn.

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