Why These Trees
Clearing the air. Creating a path forward.
Redwoods and giant sequoias already have a history here.
Adding more of them today means a better tomorrow.
They’ve been called “the planet’s lungs,” because coast redwoods and giant sequoias help us all breathe easier—they remove carbon from the atmosphere at a rate far higher than other trees.
These majestic giants are already in the Northwest, although nowhere near the numbers that we once had: There’s room for more.
Every tree we plant today is another step toward a better future, because each can remove up to 250 tons of carbon from the air over its lifetime.
How much is 250 tons of carbon?
Removing 250 tons of carbon from the atmosphere is roughly equivalent to offsetting the environmental impact of one of the following:
- Burning more than 25,000 gallons of gasoline
- Powering more than 44 homes for an entire year
- Charging more than 27 million smartphones
And that’s just one coast redwood or giant sequoia!
Imagine the power of millions of these trees, clearing our air.
Facts about coast redwoods
- Coast redwoods grow quickly, and ultimately can reach more than 350 feet high.
- Many grow to be so large that other plants and trees can actually live on their branches or trunks.
- They thrive in moist, humid climates and can live 2,000 years or more.
Facts about giant sequoias
- While still quite tall, sequoias are a bit shorter than their coast redwood relatives—they can grow to up to 311 feet.
- However, they typically far outweigh coast redwoods, thanks to bark that can be up to 3 feet thick. The largest giant sequoia is estimated to weigh 2.7 million pounds, and is the planet’s largest living organism.
- They grow well at higher elevations.
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