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There’s No WiFi in the Forest

marka henley trees for the future

There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I swear that’s where I find the best connection.

Witty quotes aside, spending time in nature has always been important to me. As a kid I spent countless hours exploring McDonald Forest behind my parent’s house. It’s not hard for me to remember the taste of evergreen air and sense of freedom from my classwork.

When I decided to launch my company, I knew giving back to nature had to be an integral part of our mission. I wanted to ensure future generations would get to experience the connection to forests I felt growing up. While researching nonprofits to partner with, I discovered an organization that does much more than planting trees- they sustain entire communities. That nonprofit was Trees for the Future.

Trees for the Future was founded in the early 1970s by Dave and Grace Deppner. After spending several years in the Philippines helping victims of illegal logging, they made it their mission to help developing communities by planting trees.

Fast forward to 2019, and their impact has increased exponentially. Trees for the Future revitalizes African in-need communities by providing farmers with tree seeds, technical training and on-site planning. Since founded, they’ve planted over 150 million trees, helped over 26,000 people, and restored almost 8,000 acres of land.

trees for the future

I’m excited to watch our partnership with them grow. We’ve already funded the planting of over 10,000 trees, with more coming in each week. But what excites me the most is knowing that kids in those communities will have a place to lose themselves like I did growing up. 

It’s in nature that we lose our minds and find our souls.