ST. LOUIS — Accella Tire Fill Systems, distributor of the TyrFil flat-proofing material, has committed to support American Forest's forest restoration initiative for another year, building on the firm's work over the past eight years.
Accella supports the non-profit conservation group through its “One Tote, One Tree” program, which pledges to plant one tree for every 275-gallon tote of Accella polyurethane tire-fill product purchased.
St. Louis-based Accella said the program is responsible for the planting of more than 142,000 trees in forests destroyed by natural disasters.
For 2017, Accella's donation will go toward helping American Forests in its work with the U.S. Forest Service to plant more than 40,000 whitebark pines in Shoshone National Forest, which is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Wyoming.
The restoration of the Shoshone Wind River Ranger District is part of a decade-long reforestation project, countering the blister rust and mountain pine beetles that have decimated the area and led to tree mortality exceeding 80 percent in some places. These conditions increase susceptibility to wildfire, and the Burroughs Creek Fire there in 2013 destroyed more than 1,700 acres.