Apache Corporation has announced the donation of over 61,000 trees to 54 partner organisations through its annual Apache Tree Grant Program. Since the program’s launch in 2005, more than 4.6 million trees have been planted with partners in 17 US states. Plantings from this year’s grants began in October 2019 and will continue through May.
“Now in its 14th year, Apache’s tree grant program is one of many ways our employees and the company make lasting positive contributions to our communities,” says John J. Christmann IV, Apache’s chief executive officer and president. “I’d like to thank our dozens of local partners who we work with to help beautify neighbourhoods and support a range of conservation initiatives.”
“We are most grateful to Apache for their generous investment in trees for our campus,” says Rebecca Gentry, the University of Houston’s assistant vice president for strategic initiatives. “Improving the grounds for our campus community is a University priority, and we are delighted to partner with Apache in this endeavour. More than 100 students and staff came out to plant trees on Arbor Day – this is an act of optimism, an investment in our future.”
“This tree donation from Apache is helping to support our Communities Restoring Urban Swamp Habitat project,” says Dr Deb Visco Abibou, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s restoration program director. “As they establish roots and grow canopies, these trees will: help absorb storm surge, reducing flood risk for the communities inland of the Lake Maurepas land bridge; work in synergy with the Coastal Master Plan by setting the stage for sediment capture as river diversions come online; and build capacity to sustain this resilience by providing hands-on learning opportunities for the people who live in south Louisiana.”