Granite Environmental, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, launched their “Plant a Billion Trees” campaign this week at the International Erosion Control Association’s annual conference, Environmental Connection. After a successful launch, it’s now time to begin the tree planting!
Participants at Environmental Connection ’11 had the opportunity to donate a business card in lieu of one dollar, which allows The Nature Conservancy to plant one tree in the Atlantic Forest. What kind of trees are going to be planted? The Nature Conservancy has chosen the Guapuruvu, Ice-Cream Bean, Golden Trumpet, and Capororoca trees. Why these trees?
The Guapuruvu Tree is an indigenous plant of the Atlantic Forest, found nowhere else on earth. It is one the native species with the fastest growth rate. The Ice-Cream Bean Tree is known for its high production of leafy biomass and ability to control weeds and erosion. The Golden Trumpet Tree is extremely popular because of its showy yellow flowers and is often used for ornamentation in gardens, parks, and public boulevards. Used for furniture, decking, and other outdoor uses, the wood has the same fire rating as concrete and is denser than water. Its increasing popularity has led to an abundance of illegal logging activity. Finally, the Capororoca Tree produces fruit that is a favorite feast for the animals.