A tree will soon symbolize your Realtor membership. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, NAR will plant more than 1.5M trees by 2025.
CHICAGO – The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced a partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) that will result in 1.575 million trees being planted across the United States.
According to NAR, it will plant at least one tree for each Realtor® by the end of 2025. NAR 2022 President Leslie Rouda Smith spearheaded the climate-friendly initiative.
“As part of our association’s comprehensive sustainability and resilience plan, NAR is leading by example, like we always do,” says Rouda Smith. “We’re helping to foster more vibrant communities by increasing the number of trees around us, delivering cleaner air, enhancing stormwater mitigation and encouraging biodiversity in ecosystems.
Planting 1.575 million trees reduces 750,000 metric tons of carbon in the atmosphere, equivalent to 145,931 homes’ electricity use for one year or the annual operation of over 160,000 gas-powered passenger vehicles, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
NAR doesn’t know yet where all the trees will go, however. It says the locations will be based on repopulation needs in areas affected by events like wildfires, drought or deforestation. NFF only plants native, ecologically appropriate trees and targets support to areas that need the most help.
“We are excited to partner with NAR to expand our tree planting efforts,” says Mary Mitsos, President and CEO at the NFF. “The future of our national forests depends on partnerships like this one to sustain natural ecosystems, foster resilient forests and promote healthy communities. Each contributing dollar means one more tree planted to help to mitigate wildfires, offset carbon footprint, combat climate change and maintain 193 million acres of National Forests.”
Under the NAR-NFF agreement, NFF will plant 1,575,000 trees in National Forest locations nationwide based on NAR’s guaranteed donation of $1.575 million.
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