CARLISLE, Pa. — Carlisle TyrFil is committing to a pair of reforestation projects in Virginia and Arkansas in cooperation with conservancy group American Forests.
The projects — in Jefferson National Forest and George Washington National Forest in Virginia and the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas — are being carried out under Carlisle TyrFil's "One Tote, One Tree" program.
That effort provides one seedling for each tote of TyrFil flat-proofing product purchased, according to the business, a brand of Carlisle Construction Materials, a subsidiary of Carlisle Cos.
TyrFil is a foam fill product pumped into off-the-road pneumatic tires to replace air with an elastomer core. This eliminates flat tires in commercial and industrial heavy equipment vehicles, the company said.
"Carlisle TyrFil continues to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with American Forests to help repopulate severely endangered forest territories across the U.S.," said Matt Pearson, Carlisle TyrFil vice president of global sales, in a statement.
The effort in Virginia will focus on replanting red spruce trees in the Jefferson National Forest and the George Washington National Forest areas, Carlisle TyrFil said. which are home to multiple designated wilderness territories and are rich in scenic vistas, beautiful foliage, a colorful history, and recreational opportunities.
In Arkansas, the effort will support a 1.8 million-acre reserve that gradually had been ravaged by fire devastation and later fire suppression efforts, as well as logging activities going back to the early 19th century.
A decades-long initiative is bringing back 250,000 acres of shortleaf pine in the Ouachita National Forest, pairing tree planting with other restoration tactics like thinning dense stands, replacing loblolly pine plantations, and setting controlled burns to mimic natural fire.