Since 1988, Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment byplanting nearly 65 million trees. It is calculated that these trees remove over one and a half million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.
Founders Dave and Grace Deppner served as volunteers in the Philippines in the 1970s, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Inspired to make a change and offer hope, they revitalized lands by informally providing farmers with tree seed, technical training, and on-site planning assistance.
Now, more than 20 years later, TFTF is a full-fledged, 501c3 agroforestry resource center, working with people to improve livelihoods and restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity through planting beneficial trees, seed distribution, agroforestry training, and in-country programs that also educate students and communities about global issues, our role in the environment, and energy efficiency. Click here for a list of current projects and to learn how you can get involved.