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South Coast-Based Nonprofit Combats Climate Change By Planting One Million Trees In Central America

Photo by Paso Pacifico (Jerry Bauer/USFS-IITF)
Tree seedlings are ready for planting in the Million Tree Campaign. More than 20 native species will be planted, including mahogany, Spanish cedar, and rosewood.

A South Coast nonprofit is combating climate change with a campaign to plant a million trees in Central America.

Paso Pacifico, a Ventura County-based nonprofit focused on wildlife conservation, is launching the Million Tree Campaign. For every $10 donated, its team of rangers and volunteers will plant, monitor and protect one tree in Nicaragua.

“We’re planting over 20 different native species, and those provide food for wildlife, timber resources for local communities. They help to protect watersheds and they absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,” said executive director Sarah Otterstrom.

The goal is to raise $10 million by the end of 2020 so that one million native trees will be planted. That’s estimated to offset 250,000 tons of carbon. 

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