Forest Research

Protecting the habitats which life depends on

Forest Research is an conservation, and restoration non-profit created by Terrible Foundation with full-autonomy, and independent financial support. Tasked with protecting the world’s biologically important and threatened habitats, acre by acre.

Current Initiatives

We're committed to increasing the capacity of communities around the globe – helping them to build secure livelihoods and improve their local environment through sustainable environmental practices. Working in partnership with local organisations to support community forestry projects.

Carbon Neutral

The world's warming up! Reducing our carbon emissions will slow the rise and you can do your bit to help in this global effort.

For less than the cost of a Latte a week ($3.30 / £2.00) you can offset your personal carbon footprint. Multiply this by the numbers in your family and we can offset your families carbon footprint. With businesses the calculation is more involved so either let us know what you need to offset and we will calculate the cost or ask our actuaries to help you (the service is free, but on a best endeavour basis).

We offset your carbon footprint by planting trees around the globe. Year on year so that we continue to offset your carbon. You will receive a certificate, from Terrible, indicating how your carbon is being offset.

In arriving at the figures above for individual and family carbon offsets we have assumed 89 tonnes a year (the average American produces 47 tonnes) for an individual. There are numerous calculators on-line that you can use to assess whether this figure is valid for your own circumstances. Talk to us and we can adjust the monthly figures in accordance with your calculations.


Many forest species are unable to survive for long in forest landscapes that have been severely fragmented by human actions. Fragmented patches of forest are exposed to a range of damaging processes including invasion of early successional and non-native species and increased predation rates. This ongoing damage makes both the habitat, and species that depend upon that habitat, highly vulnerable. Therefore, while securing and protecting surviving forest patches is the vital first step, it is sometimes not enough. Some habitat patches must then be expanded and reconnected if they are to sustain their characteristic wildlife.

Tree Planting

Where tree planting is necessary, funding supports a process that begins, in many reserves, with the collection of seeds for planting in reserve nurseries. Forest Research’s partners have worked with local communities to establish processes to cater to our demand. Trees selected for planting are a mixture of native species that grow naturally in nearby established forests.

Assisted Regeneration

Assisted regeneration accelerates the natural succession process and is achieved by removing barriers, such as competition with invasive species, and disturbances such as cattle grazing and fire. This normally requires an area to be fenced and space around existing saplings to be cleared. In some areas enrichment planting complements the assisted natural regeneration and a mixture of local native tree and shrub species, similar in composition to the surrounding forest, is used. This ensures that key locally native tree and shrub species that might otherwise fail to colonise the site are present. Many tree species are known as ‘keystone resources’ because they provide a vital resource, such as fruits, for forest animals. By ensuring such species are present in the regenerating habitat, animals in adjacent forests are quickly provided with enhanced resources, bolstering their survival prospects.

Education Outreach

Education Outreach is a programme for schools which aims to support teachers and schools to inspire new generations about the local and global importance of trees and forests through an innovative combination of global learning and outdoor learning.

Education Outreach’s objectives are:

- Enable children to explore the role of trees and forests in environmental, economic, social and cultural terms
- Enable children to explore the causes of deforestation, and its impact on the environment, farming, climate change, and livelihoods
- Engage children as local guardians of trees (through tree planting and care projects)
- Engage children as global guardians of trees (through taking action against deforestation and irresponsible consumption of tree products)
- In the long term, we seek to change consumer behaviour in order to achieve a slow-down in the rate of deforestation and hence, an improvement in both the environment and in the lives of people who depend directly or indirectly on forests and trees

What makes us distinctive is that we bring together the two educational strands of development education (global learning) and outdoor education, to enable children to become both (informed) Tree Explorers and (active) Tree Guardians.

It's about:

- Both the local and global importance of trees and forests
- Creating powerful learning experiences for children through:
- Practical immersion in woodlands and forests
- Real life stories about the role of trees and forests in livelihoods and cultures
- The use of trees and forest resources and the New Zealand's impact on global deforestation

Forest Research can help schools develop learners’ values in relation to social and environmental justice and their behaviour as global citizens. Concepts of interdependence and sustainable development are common to both global learning and outdoor education. There is growing recognition of both the importance of outdoor education for children’s development and the current lack of opportunity children are given to play and learn outdoors.

Drop your carbon!

They say the average persons carbon footprint is 40 tonnes!

Let's do something about it! Start planting for as little as a coffee a week!