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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Buffalo Creek Fire of 1996 and record-breaking Hayman Fire of 2002 devastated Colorado’s Upper South Platte Watershed, burning thousands of acres and destroying future seed sources for natural tree regeneration. This month, Green Is Universal is contributing to the area’s reforestation through the planting of 25,000 trees in Pike National Forest.

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Each year, Green Is Universal partners with the Arbor Day Foundation for an annual tree planting initiative. Our 2015 holiday #GIFtATree campaign pledged one real tree for every animated GIF(t) that participants created and shared, funded by a $25,000 contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation. Our donation contributed to the 116,000 total trees being planted at this scenic park in central Colorado.

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Due to the social media activism inspired by our campaign, thousands of Douglas-firs and ponderosa pines will now grace 1,200 acres of Pike National Forest. Such replanting is critical in areas damaged by wildfires, where natural regeneration is no longer possible. This year’s #GIFtATree campaign transformed posts into trees – using social media support to create and protect vital wildlife habitats and beautiful green landscapes for future generations.

Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation project here.