Tree Planting

​Most reservation land was located where nobody else wanted to live. They are often extremely hot, cold, windy and/or dry.  At Pine Ridge it is definitely all of them.  Additionally, the agencies that have governed them over the last 100 years have generally been poorly funded and this is particularly true regarding management of our natural resources.  Things like tree planting were just not a high enough priority to get funded and, as a result, the tree cover has slowly, but steadily declined after many decades of neglect.

Working with our ally Trees, Water & People, we decided to do something about that...


Ponderosa Pine seedlings

planted in 2015 within the

burned areas of Pine Ridge



Ponderosas planted in 2019


trees planted in 2016 on the

Pine Ridge Reservation


trees and 1,050 Berry Bearing Bushes.  18,000 Ponderosa Pines,  3,000 cottonwoods, 1,050 (Wild Plum, Buffalo Berry, Chokecherry)


trees planted in 2017 on the

Pine Ridge Reservation


trees planted in 2018. 3,500 of which were planted in the sacred vision questing lands of Bear Butte.  Land used by the Lakota and several other tribes for these purposes for hundreds of years



Trees Planted at Pine Ridge and Bear Butte Through 2020


132,000 Ponderosa

3,000 Cottonwood

1,050 food forest bushes

Planting trees gets our young people out taking care of their land.  It is a powerful statement that we are now strong enough and caring enough to restore the land for the generations to come.  Changing the world is not easy…but with enough effort, it is possible!