A Haitian farmer holds up one of the many trees that will be planted on his hillside farm.

Tree Planting & Reforestation

Trees are vital, but half of the world’s tropical forests have already disappeared. At the rate we’re going, there will be no more rainforests in under a century. But we have hope. Plant With Purpose is reversing this trend. While the earth loses forest cover, participating communities gain vegetation cover.

To date, Plant With Purpose has planted over 40 million trees around the world and has also had an important role in halting deforestation. Deforestation is one of the world’s most urgent, ongoing threats. This is why Plant With Purpose focuses on tree planting and reforestation. Trees filter water, protect and build soil, and regulate climates.

Our planet was created to thrive with healthy forests. Forests are home to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They provide oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide. They also provide nutrients and stability to soil to help the growth of other plants and are key to the water cycle.

Trees and sustainable agriculture heal damaged lands

To address the root causes behind deforestation, Plant With Purpose also helps farmers gain sustainable agriculture knowledge. As this increases their income, the practice of cutting trees loses its appeal.

Farmer Field Schools allow local farmers to gain the skills and knowledge needed to make sustainable agriculture practices a new normal. Learned farming practices help people as well as the planet.

Philippe Lazaro


  1. Zach
    February 23, 2021

    Are you guys making sure to plant trees that are native to the areas your working in?

    • February 24, 2021

      We do take tree species into account and the vast majority of trees planted end up being native species. There are occasions where other intermediary species are helpful in facilitating a broader ecosystem’s restoration and we aim to have the local treeplanter/farmer involved in the process. Without factoring additional concerns like contribution to soil growth, the nourishment of surrounding crops, and financial concerns, it can be more difficult to gain the widespread buy-in that leads to effective saturation.

  2. March 24, 2021

    Are people planting all those trees? Are you dumping seeds out of planes? Are you also planting native grasses and plants to regenerate the entire ecosystem? We connect people with land not to reforest land but to teach people to become good caretakers of the planet. I have been teaching land regeneration for over 40 years.

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