The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect and conserve the biodiversity living among the counties. With 1200 plant species, 300 butterfly species, and 700 vertebrates, it is crucial to look after and safeguard their future. tentree is proud to be contributing to the outstanding efforts of those in the park and American Forests.
tentree has partnered with American Forests and Friends of the Wildlife Corridor in an effort to aid in the reforestation of areas in Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Total Trees Planted
Prior to the arrival of Europeans in North America, nearly half of the United States was forested (approx. 4,000,000 square kilometres). Today, that number stands at just over 3,000,000 square kilometres—falling almost 25%. The most considerable issue concerning deforestation throughout the United States today comes down to illegal logging carried out by companies who go beyond their allowance of their permits. These actions are nearly impossible to monitor or stop and the deforestation has forced the retreat of many animal and plant species, sometimes to the point of extinction.
By purchasing a tentree product, you are reconnecting forest segments by reclaiming agricultural land in order to support the habitat of one of the most biologically diverse areas in all of North America. The valley is home to at least 520 species of birds, 40 percent of North America's butterfly species, 1,200 plant species, and 17 threatened or endangered animal species.
By reconnecting reclaimed sects of agricultural land within the valley, tentree wants to promote the return of many species of animals and plants that have since been uprooted out of the area.
Our primary focus in Texas is to plant trees that are endemic to Texas and source seedlings locally to ensure we are complimenting the area’s historic ecological makeup.
An important honey tree in Texas that is planted in the dry, arid portions where there is little or no irrigation and nothing grows except desert plants.
The first step is to identify the appropriate native species of tree(s) that lived in the area many years ago. Then, we find a local nursery who has sourced seeds locally to supply the seedlings.
We work with our partner, American Forests, to arrange volunteers who will be active in the planting and also hire workers for photography and verification work.
Once the seedlings are ready, the field is prepared and the volunteers have arrived, we do a planting tutorial and take then spread the trees out and start planting.