Lively Root has been proud to support the Arbor Day Foundation, who shares our mission of creating more green spaces worldwide. While we commit to this goal through spreading our nursery-grown plants, using sustainable packaging, and inspiring our customers, we also have been donating a portion of our proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation.
This year, in 2021, we helped support Arbor Day Foundation's reforestation efforts in the Florida Econfina Watershed. This area was heavily affected by Hurricane Michael in 2018, destroying thousands of acres of forest. This put the watersheds at risk, and uprooted the homes of the local wildlife. There were a few goals of this projects, with the main focuses being:
- Restoring and helping to preserve the main source of drinking water for the nearby Florida county.
- Picking a native tree, the Longleaf Pine, to help reforest this area in the way it was before it was harmed.
- Helping provide shelter and balance the ecosystem for local wildlife such as deer, bobwhite quails, Sherman's fox squirrels, and gopher tortoises.
With your support, we have been able to help plant 5,000 trees - this means just this year, we have sequestered 6,672 metric tons of carbon, which is the same as taking 1,451 cars off the road for a whole year!
Altogether, the Arbor Day Foundation planted 665,000 TREES in this project this year! The Northwest Florida Water Management District's board members were so enthusiastic, sharing "Healthy forests means clean water, which is why the water management district has worked so closely with the Arbor Day Foundation through the years to plant native trees on the lands we manage. Replanting the thousands and thousands of longleaf pines lost to Hurricane Michael is one of the most important things we can do to protect our precious water resources in northwest Florida.”
Inline photo credit to the Northwest Florida Water Management District.