Wells Fargo & the Arbor Day Foundation
In 2011, Wells Fargo worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to support the planting of 264,425 trees.
2011—Pere Marquette State Forest
In 2011, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Wells Fargo, planted 75,080 jack pine trees to improve habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. Warranty Solutions supported the planting of 35,080 of these trees. Today, Kirtland's warblers are found in only ten counties on Michigan's northern lower peninsula and four counties in the upper peninsula. Efforts by our replanting partners have increased the number of singing male Kirtland’s warblers from less than 200 to more than 1,300, bringing them back from the brink of extinction.
Pere Marquette State Forest is located just south of Cadillac, Michigan and lies on the borders of Manistee National Forest. The forest is well known for its scenic hiking trails, campgrounds, numerous waterways, and miles of breathtaking natural beauty.
2011—Tillamook State Forest
In 2011, the Oregon Department of Forestry, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Wells Fargo, planted 38,275 red alder, western redcedar and western hemlock trees to improve long-term watershed health and to provide diverse habitats for the many wildlife species that call the forest home. Warranty Solutions supported the planting of 8,275 of these trees.
The Tillamook State Forest was established as a result of large wildfires in the 1930’s and 1940’s and the large-scale reforestation efforts that followed. More than 70 million trees were planted by volunteers and schoolchildren in response to the Tillamook burns. Due to these efforts, a diverse and sustainable forest is now a place of recreation and enjoyment. This gem in northwest Oregon is an hour drive west of Portland, and is home to 364,000 acres of beauty and wonder.
2011—Cary State Forest
In 2011, the Florida Division of Forestry’s ecosystem management program, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Warranty Solutions, planted 22,120 longleaf and slash pine trees. The project will make a big impact on the unique resources that this area has to offer.
The Cary State Forest encompasses some 13,060 acres of Duval and Nassau counties in Florida. The state forest attracts thousands of visitors each year for the educational experience provided by its open-air teaching pavilion and nature trail. Recently, several land acquisitions have increased the size of the Cary State Forest. Several forested areas of the newly acquired land had been timber harvested by the previous landowner prior to being purchased by the state.
The management plan for Cary State Forest includes goals for biological diversity and habitat restoration. The new trees will help to maintain the health and vigor of the forest ecosystem and protect the water and habitat for animals that call this area home. Several species, including the eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, and the Florida black bear, are listed as endangered, threatened or species of special concern and can be found residing on the Cary State Forest.
2011—Washington State Department of Natural Resources
In 2011, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Warranty Solutions, planted 43,075 trees in state forests across the Northwest region of Washington.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources manages 5.6 Million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic and commercial lands for the people of Washington. Their work provides fish and wildlife habitat and clean and abundant water. Additionally, the practice of sustainable forest management ensures the health of their forests.
The Washington DNR chose to plant several species in 2011 to help maintain diversity across the landscape in northwest state forests. Some of the important tree species are noble fir, lodgepole pine and western redcedar. These species provide a wealth of ecological benefits, including the creation of long-lasting snags in rivers and streams and habitat on which many animal species depend. The western redcedar is also a tree of significant cultural value to northwest Native American tribes.
2011—Bayfield County Forest
In 2011, the Bayfield County Forestry Department, with the help of Arbor Day Foundation and Warranty Solutions, planted 80,800 white pine, red pine, jack pine, white spruce and tamarack trees in Bayfield County Forest.
Bayfield county Forest is a 167,000-acre public forest in northern Wisconsin – one of 29 county forest in the state which total 2.4 million acres. The topography of the forest and surrounding area has glacial origin. Elevations range from 602 feet above sea level at Lake Superior to 1,610 feet on the western ridges of the Penokee Range in southeastern Bayfield County.
Bayfield County Forest’s planting effort is enhancing tree biodiversity across several different northern Wisconsin forest areas. Five different species of trees are creating connectivity with adjacent forest areas, re-establishing native forests lost over the last 100 years to insect problems and clear-cutting, and creating new habitat for bird species such as the Sharp Tailed Grouse and federally endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. The project also seeks to restore the boreal forest on the south shore of Lake Superior.
In 2011 Wells Fargo distributed 5,075 seedlings to be planted in neighborhoods throughout the nation.
These trees will provide numerous benefits to the communities where they are planted. Trees help shade homes, block cold winter winds, attract birds and wildlife, keep air and water clean and bring beauty to neighborhoods for years to come. Once mature, these trees will also help reduce municipal wear and tear through improved storm water management. Trees are perhaps the only piece of public infrastructure that increase in value over time.