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Ryan Reynolds Interview– Preserving Forest Ecosystems
Posted on April 21, 2016

As our celebration of Earth Week continues with a focus on our conservation partnership with American Forests, we’re thinking about the transformative experiences we’ve had in the forests and mountains of our wild, natural environment. First hikes, first climbs, first backpack or camping trips—this act of opening our eyes to the importance of wilderness has made many of us both lifelong fans and lifelong guardians of our wild spaces.

Our philanthropic ambassador, Ryan Reynolds is no different, and in the second installment in our Earth Week interview series, he explains what first introduced him to the power of the woods and why he feels a duty to preserve and protect our great forests. —LYA Editor

Amidst massive old growth, Jake Norton walks the walk via the Big Beaver Trail.

“I spent a ton of time in the redwood forests of Northern California and Oregon and that more than anything changed my life. I remember thinking this looks an awful lot like the forest in Star Wars and then later I found it that was actually the forest they actually used for Star Wars.” —Ryan Reynolds

Towering old-growth stands in Cathedral Pines DNR lands in northern Wisconsin, one of the finest old growth pine-hemlock stands on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Photo: Elvis Kennedy

“As a young kid seeing these tress that you could get 30 of me around arm-to-arm and I could never get all of us around one of the tree trunks. And just the idea that that could be logged or vanish in large quantities, as a kid, in all honesty sort of frightened me.” —Ryan Reynolds

Eddie Bauer and philanthropic ambassador Ryan Reynolds plant 50 millionth tree in celebration of 20-Year partnership with American Forests on November 11, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Eddie Bauer

For twenty years, Eddie Bauer has been helping American Forests restore threatened forest ecosystems, one tree at a time. Last year, we helped plant their 50 millionth tree. With the One Tree Initiative, we’re partnering with actor and activist Ryan Reynolds to raise even more awareness around protecting and restoring forests for future generations of outdoor adventurers. During Earth Week, Eddie Bauer will be matching donations under The One Tree Initiative, giving one tree for every dollar raised up to 75,000 trees. Learn more about the One Tree Initiative at or donate at

Author: - Thursday, April 21st, 2016

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