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- Pat Murphy
Regional forestry staff supervisor
Tree planting for climate change
PBI President Robert Buchanan and project coordinator Pat Murphy in Canada during polar bear migration season.
In 2008, the DNR teamed up with Polar Bears International, a non-profit organization, for a 10-year initiative to encourage Wisconsinites to plant and care for trees on their land and in their communities. Educational tools, financial support for on-the-ground tree planting and motivating people to take personal action to reduce their carbon footprint through tree planting are project components.
Planting trees helps reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Trees absorb carbon from the air and sequester it in roots, trunks, stems and leaves. After trees are harvested, carbon is stored in the wood products produced. Less carbon in the atmosphere can help retain Arctic ice longer and improve polar bear habitat and survival.