Accella Tire Fill Systems has continued its mission of planting new trees to restore Shoshone National Forest as part of its "One Tote, One Tree" campaign. For every "tote" of Accella tire fill purchased, the company plants a tree.
In 2017 Accella is helping American Forests work with the U.S. Forest Service plant more than 40,000 whitebark pines in Shoshone National Forest, which is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Wyoming.
To date, Accella has planted more than 142,000 trees to help forests destroyed by natural disasters.
The restoration of the Shoshone’s Wind River Ranger District is part of a decade-long reforestation project, countering the blister rust and mountain pine beetles that have decimated the area and led to tree mortality exceeding 80% in some places. These conditions increase susceptibility to wildfire. The Burroughs Creek Fire there in 2013 destroyed more than 1,700 acres.
“Accella Tire Fill Systems continues to prove itself a steadfast partner to American Forests, consistently demonstrating the great role of corporate responsibility and how it helps us accomplish our timely and critical work,” says Lea Sloan, vice president of communications for American Forests. “Accella’s `One Tote, One Tree’ program is a perfect example of how a company can include its customers and affiliates in the effort to give back to the environment, in a particularly sustaining manner.
"Accella’s choice to focus on the whitebark pine reforestation is especially exciting as these special trees not only provide habitat to a wide variety of species — the Shoshone is home to the largest population of bighorn sheep and some of the last remaining grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. — but these pines also act as ecosystem rejuvenators after wildfire. This is essential reforestation at its finest.”
“As a zero waste, zero emission manufacturer, Accella Tire Fill Systems is dedicated to sustainability as a long-term strategic business focus, and partnering with American Forests is a natural extension of that orientation,” says Joe Negrey, vice president of the tire fill company. “Our `One Tote, One Tree’ program exemplifies this philosophy by enabling our global network of distributors, OEMs and aftermarket dealers to join the effort to heal damaged fire zones like the Shoshone National Forest. Together, we are illustrating how businesses can turn innovation and sustainability into a winning formula, for the company and for the planet.”