Trees surround our Croquet Vineyard on Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain Appellation
Think Like a Tree, Act Like a Forest
Blog Post By Linzi Gay
Our sustainability model at Clif Family is to “Think Like a Tree”. Trees run on renewable energy, recycle all waste, and sustain and improve the places they grow. This thinking informs our approach to the four pillars of our sustainability programs: organic food and farming, sustainable production, zero waste practices and conserving and restoring our natural resources.
Over the past five years, several devastating wildfires have impacted our business, our people and our community. We have seen beautiful forests in Napa Valley completely burned and so many of the trees that dot our hillsides are no longer there.
Trees play a significant role in a healthy climate and forests are one of the best nature-based solutions to fight climate change. One tree in a forest can capture an average of 0.62 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over its lifetime. This is equal to the carbon emissions generated from driving one car 1500 miles.
One of the organizations that is doing great work maintaining, supporting and bolstering our forests is a nonprofit called American Forests. As the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States, American Forests is focused on building a reforestation movement in America that extends from cities to rural landscapes. Their goal by 2030 is to plant 4 billion trees across 16 million acres of North America using climate smart practices.
This holiday season, Clif Family Winery & Farm is partnering with American Forests to plant 10,000 trees in areas that have been devastated by wildfires in our home state of California. These projects support the regeneration of the forest and increase resistance to future wildfires.
Learn more about how you can support American Forests and contribute to the planting of 4 billion trees by 2030 here.