Professional Association of Nonprofit Reforestation Organizations



NONPROFIT DESCRIPTIONS

This PANRO section (nonprofit descriptions) aims to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of active tree planting nonprofits online. Business and organizational tree planting sponsors now have a way to know what groups are available along with what they do and where they do it. Verified content means that the content is approved as accurate by the nonprofit in writing whereas unverified content is simply what PANRO can get off their website and other public information. Content in certain categories such as ‘benchmarks’ and ‘Subjective Comments’ may be contested.

 

Organizations are listed alphabetically with content in the following format:

 

   Name

   Verified

   Founded

   Mission Statement

   Programs

   Awards

   Benchmarks

   Education

   Membership

   Subjective Comments

   Contact Information

 

PANRO strongly asks that any tree planting nonprofit described contact us at: admin@panro.org ASAP to correct any inaccuracies and/or to verify the content.

 


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Name

American Forests

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

In 1875 the American Forestry Association was founded and became American Forests in 1990

 

Mission Statement

American Forests protects and restores forests, helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants.

 

Programs


   1. Plants tree seedlings worldwide

   2. Plants saplings in cities

   3. Specific wildlife protection projects (international)

   4. Public education

   5. Forest advocacy

 

Awards

Nothing on the website

 

Benchmarks


   1. Science Advisory Board

   2. National register of Big Trees

   3. Public policy work

 

Education


   1. American Forests Magazine

   2. Forest Files (monthly newsletter)

   3. RSS, blog

   4. Educational presentations at schools

   5. Discover Forests section on website

 

Membership

Yes

 

Subjective Comments

American Forests is best known for its Big Tree program, GlobalReleaf program and its forest advocacy efforts.

 

Contact Information

American Forests
734 15th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C.  20005

202-737-1944

 


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Name

Arbor Day Foundation (formerly the National Arbor Day Foundation)

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

1972


Mission Statement

Founded in 1972, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters and valued partners. 


Programs


   1. Plants seedlings in US National Forests and by request in selected non-US countries.

   2. Tree City USA: Cities receive national recognition for meeting set tree standards. Awards are given for  

       the greatest levels of excellence.

   3. Tree Line USA: Companies and cities receive national recognition for meeting set tree standards in 

       regards to delivering utility services.

   4. Partners In Community Forestry National Conference: city forestry conference shares professional 

       information between urban forestry professionals.

   5. Tree Campus USA: recognizes excellence in campus tree management.

   6. Nature Explore: A collaborative program with Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to get 

       children in touch with nature in nature-based outdoor spaces.

   7. Rain Forest Rescue: a program designed to teach indigenous people how to manage rainforests 

       sustainably. 

   8. Arbor Day Farm: a hotel, restaurant and conference center where tree education, golf, weddings, etc.  

       take place.

   9. Disaster Recovery Campaigns: tree planting programs in the US to plant trees in areas suffering from 

       natural disasters.

   10. Volunteer: helps volunteers find locations where they can plant trees.

   11. Creates urban tree planting projects for sponsors.

   12. Has an online store to buy trees and merchandise.

 

Awards


   1. Lied Lodge & Conference Center has won the American Hotel & Motel Association's prestigious 

       Enviro-Management Award

   2. Arbor Day Foundation gives awards

 

Benchmarks

Is directly responsible for creating and incentivizing the standards for US urban forestry by municipalities and their professional foresters.

 

Education


   1. Sells a variety of tree related educational materials.

   2. Rainforest rescue teaches indigenous people in and around rainforests how to practice sustainable 

       forestry

   3. Nature Explore is a partnership teaching children how to connect with nature.

   4. Members receive a Tree Book and bi-monthly newsletter

 

Membership

Yes. $10 as of April 20, 2013

 

Subjective Comments

Arbor Day Foundation is the industry leader in determining and encouraging standards regarding US municipal tree planting by Parks and Rec. departments and City Arborists. They have expanded from a US-centric focus towards including non-US programs such as Rainforest Rescue and the planting of trees (upon request) in selected non-US countries. They have the highest name recognition in the industry. The website is one of the best in the industry with annual reports, a tax return and audited financial statements available (excellent) but a direct email address, video-conferencing information and staff/Board of Trustees bios are absent.

 

Contact Information

The Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Toll Free: 1-888-448-7337
8am to 7pm Central Time
Monday through Friday

 


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Name

The Eden Projects

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

2005

 

Mission Statement

Awaiting Information

 

Programs

Awaiting Information

 

Awards

Awaiting Information

 

Benchmarks

Hires lots of local people thus reducing poverty

 

Education

Awaiting Information

 

Membership

No

 

Subjective Comments

The Eden Projects manages to perform quality reforestation at a low cost that also includes the hiring of indigenous people

 

Contact Information

Eden Reforestation Projects

150 E. Meda Ave, Ste 210

Glendora, California 91741

(626) 872-3770

 


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Name

Plant-It 2020 (formerly Plant-It 2000)

 

Verified

* Verified April, 2013

 

Founded: 1992.

 

Mission Statement: Plant-It 2020 is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit foundation that performs worldwide tree planting at $1 per tree, donates fuel-efficient cooking stoves to needy families, and provides forestry, soil, and biochar education. Our services not only help reforest the world's cities and forests - they provide direct humanitarian aid by reducing hunger, thirst, malnutrition, poverty and indoor pollution while increasing the sustainability of not only the world's forests but also its people.

 

Programs


   1. Seedling tree planting (Throughout the US, worldwide and customizable) at $1 per tree in nearly all 

       cases.

   2. City tree planting (worldwide and customizable)

   3. Distributes fuel-efficient cook stoves (Latin America and Haiti)

   4. Distributes biochar cook stoves in Costa Rica

   5. Distributes biogas systems to provide power in Nepal

   6. Funds forestry, biochar and soil educational materials

   7. Connects US schools to two environmental educational programs

 

Awards

1999 – The Colorado Tree Coalition awarded Plant-It 2000 with a Special Recognition Award for promoting Colorado Community Forestry

 

Benchmarks:

   1. Created the widely-copied ‘dollar-per-tree’ promotion

   2. Largest number of locations where the trees get planted

   3. Contributors decide where their trees get planted from our online list

   4. Plants trees in the US where they will never be logged based upon location (riparian zones, wilderness 

       areas, etc.) and contracts; and tries exceptionally hard to have trees planted abroad where they will 

       never be logged (coppicing is OK).

   5. Very strong standards for long-term survival rates aside from the logging issue

   6. Very strong customization for tree planting projects

   7. First to create and post a detailed ‘code-of-ethics’

   8. Created and posted a paper discussing Scams and Deceptions in the Tree Planting Industry

   9. First and only tree planting nonprofit to fundraise for and distribute biochar stoves

   10. Founder and manager of PANRO (Professional Association of Nonprofit Reforestation 

         Organizations)

 

Education

1. Introduces and connects schools to Ideas4us.org. This is a leadership and educational organization that actively trains chapter leaders in environmental leadership, how to initiate and coordinate environmental projects and how to educate businesses in proven, cost effective green solutions.

 

2. Introduces and connects schools to CEEONLINE.ORG. The Center for Environmental Education provides (by teachers for teachers) free educational modules for teaching students specific environmental topics as well as providing environmental projects. They also offer administrators tips for making the school green and promoting its greenness.

 

3. They periodically fund educational pamphlets for city foresters.

 

Membership

No

 

Subjective Comments

Plant-It 2020 is most well known for its broad selection of tree planting locations along with the ability for contributors to choose where each dollar is directed. It differs from the industry in that its focus includes: 1) raising industry standards (through creating and managing PANRO) and 2) educating the general public about green-washing along with how to spot various deceptions in the nonprofit tree planting industry. 

 

Contact Information

Plant-It 2020

9457 South University Boulevard, Suite 310

Highlands Ranch, CO  80126  USA

(303) 221-0077 Tel

(303) 221-0090 Fax

plantit@me.com

plantit2020.org

 


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Name

Sustainable Harvest International

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

1997

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is to provide farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet's tropical forests while overcoming poverty.

 

Programs


   1. Plants trees in in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama

   2. Organic vegetable gardens, wood-conserving stoves, seed saving and many other approaches are part 

       of rebuilding forests and communities

 

Awards

2012 Shriver Award

Founder named to Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program

 

Benchmarks

5-Phase Approach: 1) long-term assistance, 2) varied approach, 3) skeletal organization, 4) grassroots level development and solutions, 5) building localized communities

 

Education

Indigenous people involved with the planting become educated and trained in sustainable forestry

 

Membership

No

 

Subjective Comments

Operates in four Central American countries. Focus is on tree planting to reduce malnutrition and poverty. No set cost-per-tree. Quality focus.   

 

Contact Information

Sustainable Harvest International
779 North Bend Road
Surry, Maine 04684 U.S.A.

Tel (207) 669-8254
Fax (207) 669-8255

 


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Name

Trees For The Future

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

1989

 

Mission Statement

Trees for the Future doesn’t just plant trees for their ecological benefits, but to benefit people in need. Technically speaking, we are an agroforestry charity. Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Trees and shrubs are planted near crops and/or livestock, to the benefit of all.

 

Programs


   1. Seedling tree planting in countries throughout Africa, SE Asia and Latin America

   2. Long Distance Training Program

 

Awards

MARYLAND STATE COMMENDATION 2010. Commending Trees for the Future’s 20 years of service (H.Res. 167 and S. Res. 355)

GREEN GLOBE Commendation 1999.

THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD. National Arbor Day Foundation, 1990

EARTH TRUSTEESHIP AWARD. The Earth Society, 1994

 

Benchmarks


   1. Set the standards of GPS monitoring of projects via Google Earth

   2. First to create an online, long distance training program with testing

   3. Largest number of locations offered where their technicians directly create and oversee the projects

 

Education


   1. Offers via download include: 1) Agroforestry Training Manual, 2) Design, Construction and 

       Management of a Nursery, and 3) Agroforestry in the Drylands of Eastern Africa.

   2. Offers an online, long distance training program with testing

   3. Offers training for technicians to initiate and manage tree planting projects

 

Membership

No

 

Subjective Comments

TFTF is quite candid on their website about what they do and how they do it. Local technicians receive a camera and a GPS with contributors able to see exact locations via Google Earth so transparency is excellent. Their focus is not to simply plant trees but to do so in a way that helps human communities. Overall, the website is excellent (one top three in the industry) but lacks a direct email address or video-chat link.

 

Contact Information

Trees For The Future

P.O. Box 7027

Silver Spring, MD  20907

(800) 643-0001

 


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Name

Trees, Water & People

 

Verified

No

 

Founded

1998

 

Mission Statement

Since 1998, Trees, Water & People (TWP) has taken a community-based approach to sustainable development with continuing reforestation, watershed protection, renewable energy, clean cookstoves, ecosystem restoration and education programs in Latin America and the United States.

 

Programs


   1. Reforestation in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and Nicaragua

   2. Clean cook-stoves are distributed to needy families in Latin America and Haiti

   3. Composting latrines not only improve sanitation but also improve soil. These are distributed to families 

       in need in El Salvador

   4. Food security program for Native Americans in South Dakota teaches about sustainable food 

       production for Native Americans

   5. Environmental education includes 1) four environmental outdoor classrooms for students, 2) a 

       demonstration, 21 Kw photovoltaic, solar electric system on Bethke Elementary School as part of  

       teaching energy efficiency for buildings, and 3) a  SunMobile, which is a mobile, educational kit 

       featuring renewable energy and efficiency lessons, and hands-on learning projects.

   6. Partnering with PowerMundo, TWP distributes CleanTech products (solar lighting, solar electric and 

       phone chargers) to small business owners and cooperatives in rural areas of Honduras, Nicaragua and 

       Peru.

   7. Tribal Renewable Energy

   8. Part of the High Park Restoration Coalition – raising funds to protect the watersheds and repair 

       damages by the High Park and Hewlett Gulch fires in Northern Colorado.

 

Awards


2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service awarded to co-founder Stuart Conway by the National Peace Corps Association

2009-2010 UNEP Sasakawa Prize awarded by the United Nations Environmental Programme

2008 Rio Tinto Prize For Sustainability

2005 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

2005 E-Chievement Award presented by the national radio broadcast eTown and Whole Foods Market

 

Benchmarks


   1. The clean cook-stove program is almost certainly the best one of all US tree planting nonprofits

   2. The solar energy program is probably the best one of all US tree planting nonprofits

   3. The dry composting latrines program is probably the best one of all US tree planting nonprofits

   4. No other US tree planting nonprofits directly assists Native Americans as much in terms of energy and 

       sustainable food production education

   5. The SunMobile is unique in US nonprofits

 

Education


   1. Four outdoor classrooms in Northern Colorado

   2. School renewables solar demonstration project

   3. SunMobile mobile educational center

   4. Papers and presentation on the website related to clean cook stoves, reforestation and renewable 

       energy

   5. Tree nurseries educate indigenous people as do onsite technicians

 

Membership

No

 

Subjective Comments

Trees, Water and People is one of the most effective nonprofit tree planting organizations in terms of comprehensively assisting human communities due to their focus on cook stoves, sanitation, soil enrichment, green tech, food security, watershed protection in addition to reforestation. Transparency is excellent as is their website.

 

Contact Information

Trees, Water & People

633 Remington Street

Fort Collins, CO  80524

877-606-4TWP Tel

970-484-3678 Tel

970-224-1726 Fax

twp@treeswaterpeople.org

www.treeswaterpeople.org