Plant a Billion
One Dollar. One Tree. One Cause.
GEI Works (formly known as Granite Environmental) has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy to help plant one billion trees in the Atlantic Forest. We believe that as nature provides us with valuable goods and recreation, we should give back what we can, starting with 1,000 trees.
The Atlantic Forest is one of the greatest repositories of biodiversity on Earth, rivaling that of the Amazon. It is home to 23 species of primates, 1,000 species of birds, and over 20,000 species of plants. Unfortunately, today, only 7% of the forest remains.
Want to become part of the solution. Plant a tree today for the forest of tomorrow.
What Trees Will I Be Planting?
The Atlantic Forest is being replenished with the following trees when you help Plant a Billion:
- Guapuruvu Tree: An indigenous plant of the Atlantic Forest, found nowhere else on earth. It is one the native species with the fastest growth rate.
- Ice-Cream Bean Tree: Known for its high production of leafy biomass, the Ice-Cream Bean tree controls weeds and erosion. Its popular fruit is a long pod, sometimes a few feet in length, containing a white juicy pulp surrounding large seeds, The pulp is sweet, and resembles vanilla ice cream.
- Golden Trumpet Tree: Extremely popular because of its showy yellow flowers, the Golden Trumpet Tree is often used for ornamentation in gardens, parks, and public boulevards. Blooming at the end of the dry season, popular belief holds that when it blooms, no more frosts will occur. Used for furniture, decking, and other outdoor uses, the wood has the same fire rating as concrete and is denser than water. Its increasing popularity has led to an abundance of illegal logging activity.
- Capororoca Tree: The fruit of the Capororoca is a feast for the animals, especially birds like the Rufous-Bellied Thrush.
Where is the Atlantic Forest Located?
- Trees in tropical forest hold, on average, about 50% more carbon per unit area as temperate forests.
- Destruction of tropical forests contributes approximately 20% of greenhouse gas emissions annually--more than the entire global transportation sector.
- Tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, with more than 15 million hectares--an area larger than New York State--converted each year for agriculture and development.
- Areas with a high level of indigenous tree species, like the Atlantic forest, are often "hotspots" of species diversity. Lose an indigenous tree, and all the species that depend on it suffer.
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