WELCOME TO ENDANGERED TREES
Endangered Trees is a non-profit and community-based organization in Surin (Thailand) with the aim of planting trees, creating micro-forests, reducing CO2, generating income for the local community and at the same time reduce illegal logging and save endangered tree species from extinction.
In the past 75 years, Thailand has lost 50% of its forest, from 60% of the total land surface in 1945 to about 30% in 2020. From deforestation and illegal trade with trees that are thousands of years old, many of the local tree species are on the brink of extinction.
According to the Department of Thai National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, there are 715 vulnerable, 207 endangered and 56 critically endangered species in Thailand. Among the fifty-six critically endangered species, 17 are trees.
The rarest trees we plant are labeled with a hand-carved wooden plate showing the tree species, the donor's name, the date of planting and if possible, the estimated number of species that are left in Thailand or around the world.
Our vulnerability index derives from the IUCN Red List, which was established in 1964. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi, and plant species. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What tree should I plant?
It depends on your motivation and your budget. With fruit trees ($15 to $100) you support the local community, with hardwood trees ($150 to $500) you offset Co2 and save the most endangered trees from extinction, and to do something good for your mood and energy level, plant flowering trees ($25 to $300).
What will happen if or when my tree dies?
If we planted just one tree, the likelihood it will die before it grows tall is quite large. Therefore, the price calculation for each purchase allows us to plant more than one tree to garantee that at least one of your trees survives.
Which tree I should buy if I want it to be labeled with my name?
All trees that that are purchased through our shop are labeled with the donor's name. However, some rare hardwood species are labeled with a wooden plaque, showing your name, the tree species, the status of endangerment, and the year of planting.
Does planting non-native trees have a negative impact to the local ecosystem?
Most non-native trees have been introduced to South-East Asia during the Renaissance, and in the 18th and 19th century. A typical example is the Rain Tree, native to South-Africa and the Mahogany, native to Southern USA. These trees are no longer considered non-natives, as they have adapted well to the local ecosystem.
Will you cut down trees eventually?
For every purchase (or donation), we plant more than one tree to ensure the survival of the tree that has been purchased through our online shop. Fruit trees have an expiry date, however, hardwood trees have not. The hardwood trees that we plant in excess may be cut down to make space for your tree to flourish and we will sell the wood of excess trees only, to generate income to the foundation. Your hardwood tree is intendet to stay forever and outlast you, your children and your grandchildren.
How do you ensure that the trees will not be cut for commercial us on day?
Our trees are planted on property that the foundation owns, and we offer the possiblilty for our donors to purchase land through our foundation and plant your own micro forest.
If I want to plant my own micro forest, how much would this cost?
It depends on the land price and access to water and we estimate about 10,000 USD for a small plot.