HOUSTON (Jan. 27, 2014) – Apache Corporation and city of Houston officials, including Mayor Annise Parker, gathered at Memorial Park Saturday to plant more than 5,000 trees donated by Apache Corporation's Tree Grant Program in honor of Arbor Day.
"Our employees turn out for this tree planting event every year," said Roger Plank, Apache's president and chief corporate officer. "This Arbor Day we are also thrilled to put our green thumbs to use to plant trees for tots as we leave a legacy for our future Apaches.
"Aside from planting 5,000 loblolly trees, volunteers also planted some 30 redbud trees as part of Apache's new "Trees for Tots" program. Trees for Tots is an extension of Apache's Tree Grant Program and is designed for employees who welcomed a new addition in 2013. To further a commitment to Houston's urban forest, Apache donated a new tree to honor each child birthed or adopted by an Apache employee from January to December 2013. A spot was designated by the city in Memorial Park where the donated trees, tagged with the child's name, were planted.
"Apache has been involved with the growth of Houston's urban forest for many years. Their continuing support has been even more significant since the 2011 drought," Parker said. "Thank you to those who will be joining us in Memorial Park to help replant one of Houston's most treasured parks."
Apache also donated 600 trees to the city of McAllen, 150 trees to the Bayou Land Conservancy and 270 trees to Hermann Park in honor of Arbor Day, as well as 1,500 trees to the Houston Audubon Society for its "Trees for Bolivar" giveaway.
Since 2005, Apache has awarded nearly 3.7 million trees to nonprofit organizations in 16 U.S. states to help improve wildlife habitats, restore storm damage and enhance cities and neighborhoods in areas where the company operates. The trees go to nonprofit organizations including cities, counties, schools, parks, universities, youth associations, wildlife refuges and community groups. For more information, please visit www.apachecorp.com/trees.
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