“Having a new partner like Clayton upfront with a desire to plant over 2.3 million trees is inspiring,” said Dan Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation. “This level of commitment shows they get it. Our climate, our environment and our planet need trees more than ever, and it will take partners like Clayton with real courage and vision if we are to solve these big issues.”
Clayton will plant two trees for every estimated tree used to build a Clayton home in 2021*. Planting projects will take place to help restore and revitalize critical ecosystems and habitats in GeorgiaPacific Northwest watersheds, state of michigan land and at Tyndall Air Force Base. Trees are a vital part of our planet’s well-being, helping ecosystems to thrive and bolstering the overall health of a region.
“Clayton is dedicated to improving lives and building better futures,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton. “For our team, that means building more than 60,000 homes with energy-efficient features for families across the United States in 2021, while doing good in our local communities. Planting these trees with the Arbor Day Foundation will help rejuvenate forest ecosystems to support the communities we serve.”
Arbor Day Foundation planting projects include:
- Georgia: Longleaf pine, once the dominant tree species in the South, has now declined to cover only small patches of land. This loss of ecosystem has devastated nearly 600 animal and plant species that depend on it. These trees will be planted in the southern region, helping to reduce forest fragmentation and protect endangered wildlife.
- Pacific Northwest Watersheds: The watersheds of the Pacific Northwest are a powerful source of life. Over time, deforestation, flood control measures and irrigation have degraded these important rivers – and unprecedented heat waves and wildfires have made the crisis much worse. Planting trees along the Lower Columbia, Willamette, Upper Willamette, North Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie and Spokane rivers helps restore these vital watersheds.
- Michigan State Lands: This project will replant native jack and red pines to help restore the area to its natural state. As forests mature, they will provide a wide variety of ecosystem services, but most importantly, these trees mean forests across Michigan will see improved habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
- Tyndall Air Force Base: In 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael caused extensive wind and shock wave damage, including 12,000 acres of mature trees that were snapped in half. A healthy longleaf pine ecosystem will help improve habitat for two federally listed plant species as well as wildlife.
“Clayton’s purpose extends beyond the homes we build to the planet we call home – it includes creating a better future through responsible building practices and impactful philanthropic partnerships,” said William JenkinsClayton Residential Building Group® Director of Environment and Sustainable Development. “It is our responsibility as a builder to lead change in our industry. This partnership allows us to re-examine our role as homebuilders and expand the scope of our environmental efforts. Our reforestation efforts will help purify the air and water, to fight climate change and support the communities we serve today and in the future.”
Members of the Clayton team understand that the decisions we make today will impact the lives of those 50 years old. The same goes for the communities where we work, where our owners live and where the forests grow. Visit the Clayton and the Arbor Day Foundation webpage to learn more about how this partnership will create a legacy of trees for years to come.
Founded in 1956, Clayton is committed to opening doors to a better life and building happyness® through home ownership. As a diverse builder committed to quality and durability, Clayton offers traditional site-built homes and off-site-built housing – including modular homes, manufactured homes, CrossMod™ houses, cottages, college dorms, military barracks and apartments. Everything Clayton builds® homes are proudly designed, engineered and assembled in America. In 2021, Clayton built 60,701 homes across the country. Clayton is a Berkshire Hathaway® business. For more information, visit claytonhomes.com.
CrossMod is a registered trademark of the Manufactured Housing Institute.
*Based on two trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation for every estimated tree used in our home building process in the previous year; assuming an estimate of board feet used at 754 board feet per tree and an average square footage of our homes built by type. Arbor Day Foundation is a registered service mark of Arbor Day Foundation Corporation.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, nearly 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests around the world. Our vision is to lead to a world where trees are used to solve problems essential to survival.
As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities around the world to get involved. in its mission of planting, caring for and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.