Located in South Dakota, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Lakota Native American Reservation encompassing 3,468.85 square miles and is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
Trees, Water & People works directly with the Oglala Lakota Native Americans to actively combat a wide-range of environmental challenges, exasperated by a rapidly changing climate, lands rights issues, and poverty. Greening the landscape to combat climate change through carbon sequestration and developing income opportunities are paramount to the Pine Ridge Project.
Below is a profile and description of the Pine Ridge project as well as the environmental and social value being delivered at a ground level. All PrintReleaf end-users now have the option to login and subscribe to the Pine Ridge project.
- Double the number of trees planted from 15,000 to about 30,000 in 2017 and continue to build in the years ahead as funding allows. There is a lot of land within two historical fire areas (totaling 20,000 acres) to plant, which allows for room to expand in the years ahead.
- Create a sustainable reforestation program on the Pine Ridge Reservation, including training a local workforce of Native Americans to care for and plant tree seedlings.
- Reforest wildlife habitat zones within two fire areas to jumpstart species return and restoration within the fire areas.