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Planting Trees with the Arbor Day Foundation!

Take Quizzes, Plant Trees!

JetPunk is excited to announce a new charitable initiative! Starting now, and retroactive to January 1st, JetPunk will donate 5% of our revenue to the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation, based in the U.S. state of Nebraska, is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to tree planting. The money we donate will be used to plant trees, which will restore native ecosystems and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On the JetPunk home page, we will keep a running tally of the number of trees that were planted on our behalf.

Where Will These Trees be Planted?

The Arbor Day Foundation plants trees in the Mississippi River Valley. If you visit this Google Map, you will see an area of land that was planted in February 2017. The foundation doesn't own the land, but instead works with farmers who allow trees to be planted on their property. Once the trees are planted, the land is placed into a wetland trust, which will protect the forests in perpetuity. In return, the farmers earn revenue from the sale of carbon offsets.

The land directly adjacent to the Mississippi River is a great place to plant new forests. While the land is of marginal agricultural value, there is a huge potential benefit to planting forests along its banks. Currently, agricultural run-off from the lands surrounding the Mississippi River creates algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. These algal blooms remove oxygen from the water, creating a 6,000 square mile Dead Zone in the Gulf. Planting forests along the river will create a Riparian Buffer, reducing the amount of pollution that enters the river, and potentially shrinking the dead zone.

This project has been ongoing since 2008. As of 2017, about 485 square kilometers have been reforested. In the coming years, the Arbor Day foundation hopes to reforest a total of about 4,000 square kilometers, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Will There be a JetPunk Forest Someday?

Sadly, no. We're not big enough to fund an entire project ourselves. Our donations will be pooled with money from other donors and will be used to plant trees in different locations every few months. Our running tally will be an estimate of the number of trees that were planted using our funds.

What Kind of Trees Get Planted?

Farmers can choose from dozens of species of native trees for their land. Generally, a mix of a few different types of trees is chosen. The most common is the Cottonwood which is the fastest growing native tree, growing 8-12 feet per year. Oak varietals and bald cypress are also popular choices.

How Much Carbon Will be Absorbed?

In its first fifteen years, a freshly-planted forest will absorb about 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide for every 10 trees. This figure is vetted by registered third party companies who conform to ISO 14064-3:2006 and 14065:2007 standards. According to the EPA, a typical car emits 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. So every 47 trees planted will be equivalent to taking 1 car off the road for a year.

Are There Better Ways to Fight Climate Change?

Possibly. I'm not sure. I like trees, so this project appeals to me.

Wouldn't This Money Go Further in the Third World?

Probably. What I like about this project is that I am confident that trees are being planted and legally protected from deforestation. There may be projects like this in other parts of the world, but I haven't done enough research to know.

Well, that's it. We're excited to start this project and watch as the number of trees planted goes up over the years. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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level 70
Jun 1, 2017
Nice initiative and good idea! Nice also to see Jetpunk is now up to over 166M taken quizzes. How long to 200M one wonders?
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level ∞
Jun 2, 2017
February 2018 is my prediction.
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level 63
Jun 2, 2017
well done!
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level 62
Jun 2, 2017
Is there a way to translate this to other languages. I mean, the heading was changed on the Spanish and French sections, so I think it'd be fair if they get a translation of this. Though if it's too much work, then I guess it's understandable.

Also great work. Hopefully this foundation can be quite successful
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level 24
Jun 2, 2017
So far 66 cars have been taken off the road. But I'm sure that in a couple more years, we could be seeing around the equivalent of 500 cars off the road. This could also make people take more quizzes. Which means more trees planted. Hooray for the environment!
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level 43
Jun 2, 2017
Where do I rate 5 stars?
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level 49
Jun 2, 2017
No offense, but tbh it seems like a reaction to Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accord....althoug I know it isn't.
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level ∞
Jun 2, 2017
It took about a month to set this up, so no, it's not a reaction to anything that happened in the political sphere.
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level 63
Jun 2, 2017
Even if it was a reaction to that, so what? I hope many people will do what they can to show that Americans care about the environment, especially after Trump's decision.
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level 67
Jun 6, 2017
+1
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level 39
Jun 7, 2017
+1
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level 66
Jul 22, 2017
Amen, swisscheesy.
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level 23
Jun 2, 2017
If someone gives m access i can translate to spanish
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level 59
Jun 2, 2017
Well done! That's a good thing you're doing!
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level 69
Jun 2, 2017
Agreed. Congratulations on a great step for the environment.
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level 44
Jun 3, 2017
The fact that you're doing this is fantastic, and if anyone gives you a hard time because of Trump or because the trees are being planted in the USA, please take it with an ocean-full of salt. Thank you for doing this! And while I'm at it, thanks for the site! There are other quiz sites or apps that may have more views or quizzes on them than Jetpunk does, but this site has always been my favorite, and nothing else is even close. It is because Jetpunk has always felt more personal, warmer, and more accessible than any other such site. You have my gratitude, respect, and appreciation, so once again (and on behalf of all Jetpunk regulars): thank you!
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level ∞
Jun 3, 2017
Wow. Thanks!
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level 47
Jun 4, 2017
+1
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level 54
Jun 4, 2017
+1
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level 66
Jun 5, 2017
Well said, Hdny 42! I totally agree!
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level 58
Jun 16, 2017
Ditto! Thanks, Quizmaster!
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level 55
Jun 24, 2017
+1. Jetpunk is the best
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level 66
Jul 22, 2017
+42! This was an awesome idea, and I agree JetPunk is awesome overall.
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level 27
Jun 3, 2017
Great work! It will be a very good step to conserve the environment.
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level 41
Jun 3, 2017
Great idea! I love trees!
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level 54
Jun 4, 2017
Yey, this is just another excuse for me to take even more quizzes! Great idea. I support this very much!
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level 44
Jun 5, 2017
I may now be in love with you. Smart and ... Trees!
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level 65
Jun 7, 2017
Great job Jet Punk! I'm very proud of you!
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level 38
Jun 8, 2017
Giant leaps for Jetpunk! Glad to see someone is taking care of the environment. Ever since I found this site, I knew it was legit. :)
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level 31
Jun 9, 2017
Great!
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level 46
Jun 10, 2017
We too love trees :) It is time for us to take nature protection seriously. Great job!
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level 58
Jun 12, 2017
Great! Keep quizzing everyone.
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level 24
Jun 17, 2017
Good idea :)
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level 45
Jun 17, 2017
Very good idea! :)
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level 43
Jun 18, 2017
Great project! Love the site.
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level 34
Jun 22, 2017
good idea, very nice project
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level 9
Jul 26, 2017
Well done Jetpunk, you guys have been consistently giving me fun times alone in my room (i know, a little sad) for about 1 and a half years now, and this is a great initiative to get people taking more quizzes. I really hope that you keep on doing what you're doing!
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level 73
Aug 4, 2017
What´s the proportion? How many quizzes must be done by users in order to complete a tree?
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level 47
Aug 25, 2017
Awesome project. Every effort, large or small, that positively impacts our environment is a good thing. I'm a camper and hiker (when I'm not on JetPunk, so totally support more forests. Side note - I'm adjunct faculty at a small college and I use JetPunk quizzes as brain warm-ups or breaks for classes. My students are amazed when they discover how few of the countries of the world they can list or identify. Such a great teaching tool! Thanks so much for this site and the project!
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level 40
Sep 19, 2017
Really going to make me feel guilty about adblock, huh... Well... I guess it's time to whitelist. Enjoy the other 95%!
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level 39
Sep 21, 2017
awesome!!
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level 43
Sep 22, 2017
It's a great initiative, but of course they don't generate revenue to donate by people taking quizzes. As much as you and I might hate it, we really need to click on an ad or two every visit. Somewhat like subscribing to that "free" newspaper we all depend on these days.
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level 43
Oct 1, 2017
Thanks very much for creating this awemazing (awesome+amazing) website and for the great initiative. I have learnt a myriad from your quizzes, so my solemn gratification, Quizmaster!
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