There are serious threats facing the world's forests today. But we're seriously optimistic we can reduce the risks together, with our new way to think about sustainable resources.
Stopping deforestation in its tracks
of the world's original forests have been destroyed.¹ We work every day to restore them and for every tree we cut in our forests, we plant three more.
Reducing the pressure for resources
of greenhouse gas emissions come from producing plastic, steel and cement.² Our quality timber is a sustainable alternative that looks much nicer too!
Joining the fight against climate change
of global greenhouse emissions that drive climate change are a result of deforestation.³ Our verified carbon capture calculations show how our trees reduce that impact.
Protecting the forest's plants and animals
of the planet's land animals have been wiped out since 1970.⁴ Forests are home to 80% of those that are left. ⁵ We create vital space and shelter for biodiversity to thrive.
Poorly maintained forest
Our foresters examine the soil
Develop a forestry plan
Trees are planted
After 2 years, the dead trees are replaced by new ones
Clear cuts have three major consequences.
Soil contained and enriched by deep roots is suddenly exposed. Without protective litter and a supply of nutrients, it loses strength. Water starts to run off the soil, which is no longer aerated by roots and microorganisms. The erosion caused makes any form of natural regeneration or planting very difficult. Pioneer tree species may be possible, but they are the least interesting for biodiversity and producing wood. It takes a long time to recover a rich ecosystem after clearcutting.
A change in climate
Soil is one of the planet's main carbon reservoirs, along with oceans and forests. When soil is exposed by clearcutting, carbon previously stored in organic form is released into the atmosphere as CO2. That’s just one reason the process is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Clearcutting is a brutal and devastating disruption of a forest’s ecosystem. For its birds, insects, mammals, fungi and plants, living without shelter and food quickly becomes impossible. They all need a stable environment to thrive and maintain that strong biodiversity our planet desperately needs.
EcoTree does not use any pesticides or chemicals. Here’s how we protect our young plants.
We build temporary fences and put them in place for a few years until the young trees are big and strong enough to resist big game attacks.
We develop dead or dry hedges – dead roots and branches that are long and thick enough to create an effective shelter or barrier. They often come from thinning or branches that fall by natural pruning.
We use trico, a natural emulsified solution of sheep's fat that we put on the trees. The grease repels deer that would happily graze on our young plants.
We do not use chemicals, which means some young plants may die within a year of being planted. That's why we always schedule one or two replanting phases to replace those young plants that do not survive.