Pledge by American Tower Corporation
American Tower Corporation Million Trees InitiativeTotal Trees Pledged: 800,000
In 2018, we announced our commitment to planting one million trees across the United States over the next decade. Our Million Trees initiative is a new and creative approach to philanthropic giving that helps support our mission to connect to the communities where our teams live and work. To implement this program, we are partnering with American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization. Thus far, American Tower and American Forests have planted 200,000 trees. We are proud to be taking steps to make a positive impact on our environment and leaving a tangible legacy that will benefit our communities into the next century.
We are partnering with American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization.
American Tower Corporation and American Forests’ partnership is implementing scientific research to restore forest health. This research informs new tools and techniques to help forests cope with climate change. These techniques can boost forest growth after wildfires, for example, or trap more carbon in forest soil. Some of their “climate smart” reforestation methods include:
-Planting genetically diverse collections of native species.
-Planting trees that are better able to thrive under future climate conditions.
-Screening seedlings for disease resistance.
-Spacing seedlings to mimic natural tree regrowth after wildfire.
-Wider, natural spacing reduces the risk of future fires.
-Planting seedlings in plastic shelter tubes that dramatically increase plant survival in drought-prone areas.
All of our actions will include planting the right tree in the right place as well as in ecologically appropriate locations. American Tower Corporation and American Forests works with partners that provide long-term stewardship and monitoring capacity, like the US Forest Service and a variety of local organizations.
246,458 MT CO2e