Hanging High Hammocks is a proud partner of the National Forest Foundation

Why Plant Trees?

The simplest reason for Hanging High Hammocks is that trees are essential for hammock camping but the importance of planting trees goes much deeper then that. Our National Forests are being affected by wildfires, insects, and disease at an alarming rate. Without trees to do their job of reducing CO2 in the atmosphere, our climate will continue to decline. Did you know that one mature tree can absorb roughly 10 pounds of air pollutants each year? Two trees produce enough oxygen for one person a year!

From Our Partners

Their goal is to have 50,000,000 tress planted by 2025.  Why 50 million trees? That many trees will improve tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, restore important watersheds that supply Americans with water, and reduce millions of metrics tons of carbon dioxide!

Since Earth Day in 2018, The National Forest Foundation has planted 17,000,000 trees across 33 National Forests.

Trees are planted in areas that have experienced a natural disturbance and only plant native and ecologically appropriate species.  Each project is different based on the ecological impact and the specific forest.  Sometimes they plant only one species and sometimes multiple. 

Benefits of Trees

Trees offset climate change

An acre of mature trees can…

…store up to 6 tons of carbon dioxide and release 4 tons of oxygen.  That’s enough oxygen for 18 adults annually

…absorb enough carbon dioxide in a year to equal the amount produced when you drive a car 26,000 miles! That’s a big deal when you consider that you only average driving 13,500 miles per year!!

Forest help provide clean water

Trees act as a gutter would on a house. The leaves, stems, and bark slow down the rainwater and allow it to slowly soak into the ground.  This prevents storm water from carrying pollutants into streams, rivers and oceans.

Did you know that the National Forest System is the largest single source of water in the continental United Sates?  It provides reliable water supplies for more than one-third of the U.S. population.  That’s nearly 123 million people!

Forests provide habitiat for wildlife

Forest provide crucial nesting places and cover for many species of birds and other animals.  They rely on trees for food such as fruits, nuts, leaves, and bark.  Forests also protect fish habitats by preventing erosion, filtering pollutants, and shading and cooling waters!

Trees strengthen communities

Trees are an invaluable source for children to play and grow their sense of adventure!  Woodlands are great as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like bird-watching and walking.

People are attracted to live, work and invest in areas with green surroundings.  Average house prices are 5-18% higher when properties are close to mature trees!  Companies that have trees nearby also benefit from a healthier and happier workforce.