Trees for Haiti

“Pouring money on top of dry land isn’t reforesting.  Reforesting is, you’ve got to come out in the dirt.  You’ve got to talk to people.  This is your home, this is our passion … how do we put those things together?”

Timberland President & CEO Jeff Swartz

We’ve just announced a commitment to plant five million trees in five years to help create sustainable solutions in Haiti and China — two areas plagued by the disastrous effects of deforestation.

To help illustrate the need for — and impact of — those five million trees, we’ve produced a series of videos about our Haiti tree planting project, Yele Vert.  Episode 1 appears below … and you can watch the entire series of videos on our YouTube channel.

Inspired to help?  Visit and start growing your own virtual forest.  The more virtual trees planted, the more real trees we’ll put in the ground in Haiti.

  • Paulbarthle

    Haiti is already deforested, so putting oil palm plantations there may be a way to fund a long term project to stabilize the soils. Combine that with intensive rotational grazing of beef/goat/poultry, rooftop vegetable gardens and biogas latrines and living conditions could improve significantly.
    Cashews, shade grown coffee and fair trade cacao are good cash crops as well.
    I think that the immigrant community in Miami and elsewhere needs to become more organized in how remittances to family and friends are spent. Investing in farms and farmers through CSA like groups might provide more food for their families while improving the financial situation of small landowners there. Maybe we could call it “Immigrant Community Supported Agriculture”!

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