In the U.S. alone, forests are part of a vast green infrastructure that creates 2.4 million jobs, generates $87 billion in payroll, $223 billion in sales and adds $102 billion to GDP. This includes harvesting trees for paper and timber products, and using forests for sport and recreation.

Their environmental impact is also immense. Forests offset CO2 emissions by 12 percent and are the source of more than half of our drinking water supply. They also provide critical wildlife habitat.

This world record attempt was sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI). We work to bring environmental, social and economic interest together to conserve healthy forests for future generations while supporting the people and communities who depend on them today. Forestland certified to the SFI Standard covers a quarter-billion acres across North America.

29 teams came together to plant 202,935 trees in one hour across North America. This diverse group of committed people including youth, community groups and industry recognize that forests are critical to our health and the sustainability of our communities.


Detroit teens make trek to Roscommon to experience forest management in action
Press Release – August 8, 2016
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights
Press Release – October 7, 2015
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award as the State’s Forests Keep Growing — Even in Downtown Detroit
Press Release – September 17, 2014
SFI Brings Teams from Across North America to Break a World Record for a Cause
Press Release – May 21, 2015
Domtar supports world record tree planting attempt
The Dryden Observer – June 3, 2015
CM students help set Guinness world record
The Express – June 3, 2015
Students and state workers try to break a word record … in tree planting
WRVO Public Media – June 1, 2015
No. 1 Seed? Efford made to break a world record
Penn Live – May 30, 2015
SFI team plant more than 200,000 trees in 1 hour (and that’s a record)
Tree Hugger – May 29, 2015
UPM Blandin takes part in world record attempt
Grand Rapids MN Herald Review – May 29, 2015
Locals attempt to break Guinness tree planting record
The Williams Lake Tribune – May 26, 2015
Kootenay Operations Join Tree Planting World Record Attempt
Boundary Sentinel – May 24, 2015
Resolute Blog – May 22, 2015
Almost 2,000 trees were planted at Stand Flats to help break world record
Styrk – May 22, 2015
L’école qui plantait des arbres
La Presse – le 21 mais 2015
DCNR Joins Bid to Set Tree-Planting Record in North America
Pennyslvania Ag Connection – May 21, 2015
SFI World Record Attempt Live News Coverage
Video – WBFF Fox Baltimore – May 20, 2015
Guiness World Record attempt Wednesday at Sand Flats State Forest
Watertown Daily Times – May 20, 2015
Tree Planters hope to set world record
The Williams Lake Tribune – May 19, 2015


  • People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams.
  • Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities.
  • The record attempt involved more than 1,100 participants, across four time zones, including industry representatives, community organizations, youth groups, conservation groups, and SFI Implementation Committees.
  • Each team of 25 to 100 people planted trees simultaneously from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, in locations ranging from New York City to Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
  • One team of 100 people, led by SFI program participant J.D. Irving Limited even exceeded the existing record by planting 52,598 trees.
  • Official confirmation from Guinness World Records is expected in 6-8 weeks from May 20th world record attempt.


Teams participating in the world record attempt included:

American Forests
Atco Wood Products
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ TreeBaltimore
City of Sumner, Washington State Park
Coopérative Forestière des Hautes-Laurentides
Fornebu Lumber Company
Island Timberlands
J.D. Irving Limited
Massey-Vanier High School
Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee
Norbord Barwick (in conjunction with local schools)
Norbord (Groupement forestier cooperatif Abitibi, Sylviculture La Vérendrye, Forêt d’enseignement et de recherche Harricana)
New York Restoration Project
Parks & People Foundation
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee
ReEnergy Holdings
Resolute Forest Products (the Haveman Team – Dog River Matawin Forest, the Outland Team – Black Spruce Forest, the Brinkman Team – Crossroute Forest)
St. Louis County’s Land & Minerals Department
The Sugar Pine Foundation
TD Bank
Forests Ontario (with partners Michael’s Hair Body Mind and Credit Valley Conservation)
UPM Blandin, and
Williams Lake Plywood – West Fraser


Great videos, photos and stories have been collected and continue to stream in. Here are a few samples.
If you participated in this fun event, and would like to share your photos, pease email Monika Gurzenski.