Elephant Hill

In collaboration with One Tree Planted, and Stanley Park Brewing Company, this joint effort project will reforest the devastated regions of Elephant HIlls Region of British Columbia. We planted over 200,000 trees during the 2019 planting season, with more projects planned in the coming future.

Total Trees Planted

Why Elephant Hill, BC?

A devastating forest fire blazed through the regions of Elephant Hill during the summer of 2017, burning over 192,000 hectares of land. To bring the destruction to scale: 1 hectare is roughly the size of 1 rugby field. Just picture 192,000 burning rugby fields. In order to reforest this entire area, it will take roughly 13 million trees, years of hard work, and thoughtful planting techniques. This area had the largest area of continuous high intensity burn in the 2017 wildfire; much of it burned to mineral soil. In other words, this fire burned so hot that when water bombers dropped water over the fire, it evaporated before even reaching the trees.

Normally, the seeds from the trees would spread across the forest and will naturally reforest the area. But due to the wildfire’s intensity, many of the seeds were burnt too severely, and the seeds that did survive weren’t enough to reforest the area in a timely manner. Without reforestation, the ecosystem will be left in a dire state. By intervening, our planting efforts will help speed up the reforestation of Elephant Hill. Without our intervention, it will take 40-50 years to naturally reforest.

The Impact

The Trees

We chose to plant trees in Elephant Hill that had been burnt by the 2017 forest fire. The fire was so hot and caused so much damage that regeneration was close to impossible, and so intervention was required. 

Douglas-Fir

The Douglas-fir (genus Pseudotsuga). These trees are important timber trees; their strong wood is often utilized in boats, aircrafts, and construction. Douglas-firs are also culturally significant in North America as they are popular choices for Christmas trees.

Planting Process

1

Find Lodging

As Elephant Hill is quite remote, and the planting site even more so, we could only find accomodations at a nearby town called 100 Mile House where only one hotel was available. The trees were subsequently delivered here and we then trucked out to the site.

2

Assemble a Great Crew

We had to get an amazing crew who had experience planting in fire-burnt areas. Our tree planting partners are passionate and seasoned planters, and worked extremely hard through the planting season.

3

Choose the Right Place

Planting sites require the soil to be loose but still has form. Planting here means we also have to be cautious not to put the seedling somewhere that is blocked by a burnt tree as it could inhibit growth.

Types of Trees Planted

Douglas-fir

A well-known tree that can grow up to 250 feet tall. These trees are perfect for the Elephant Hill climate.

Yellow Pine

The yellow pine has a high stress tolerance to variants in weather and soil. They’re often found in drier areas.

Larch Trees

Larches are conifers that typically live at higher altitudes making them native to much cooler areas. They’re well-known for their leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall and winter.

Our Partner

Meet Your Planting Team

Bill Layton

Regional Tree Planting Manager

Bill Layton

Regional Tree Planting Manager