This past winter, Comcast NBCUniversal partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation for the annual Share A Tree campaign. With a donation from NBCUniversal to the Arbor Day Foundation, Share A Tree provided another merry season of giving back to the environment.

Photo: USDA Forest Service

Photo: USDA Forest Service

After 66,000 acres were ravaged by wildfires in the South Fork Complex Fire in 2014, the 2016 efforts went toward rebuilding Malheur National Forest in Canyon City, Oregon. Goals for the campaign focused on restoring forest areas ravaged by wildfire, improving conditions in area water shed, and providing critical habitat and cover for big game including elk, bears, red fox, coyotes and bison.

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This year, 25,000 trees (Ponderosa Pine, Western Larch, and Douglas fir) were planted across 250 acres in the National Forest.

Over the next 40 years, this tree planting initiative will have reduced net carbon dioxide by 9,380 tons, reduced air pollution by 340 tons, and increased rainfall interception by 460,000,000 gallons.

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“Successful regeneration is imperative to provide critical wildlife habitat. It is also important to restore forest structure to the South Fork John Day River and its tributaries to provide for stream shading and nutrient input,” noted Terry Corning-Sevey of the U.S. Forest Service.

Comcast NBCUniversal is proud of the success of the Share A Tree campaign, and the light shed on the great impact of working together.