Yes! Well, I am not really planting them in my front yard. The money generated through the project is donated to trusted charities that will then plant trees in areas where they are actually needed.
Currently, the money is used to plant mangrove tree in Madagascar through the Eden Reforestation Project via tree-nation.com. Note that this may change at any time without prior notification – the goal is to maximize impact and if there are changes required to achieve that, they will be made.
Feel free to check out the project yourself here. I should note that I, or the Tree Tapper project, have no affiliation with any of these entities – other than donating the revenue generated through the project to them.
The majority of the revenue is generated through Google AdMob rewarded video ads embedded in the game. At times, this value might be supplemented or matched by external partners or even myself personally. At no point will I ever collect or sell your personal information (though I have no control over what Google decides to do with their ad program), mine cryptocurrencies or sign you up for anything.
For privacy reasons your device does not report anything back to our servers. Instead, the number of ads watched is recorded locally and then multiplied with a value based on the total numbers of ads watched divided by the total number of trees funded. Since this value can and does change over time, the contribution you earn per ad might too. Note that the total number of trees will remain accurate at all times (as long as your device has an active connection).
The total number of trees shown is updated manually by myself after the revenue has actually been donated. Due to delays in the payout process, this might take several days (even though I try to get around the monthly payout system used by AdMob by fronting the money myself once the amount has been recorded in the system).
For more information on the project, including stuff about myself as well as links to all original creators, check out the “About”-section here.