Are you one of the many who lost trees due to Hurricane Harvey? If so, please join us for the Hurricane Harvey Community Tree Recovery Tree Distribution on October 25, 2019 in Sealy, Texas. All area residents are eligible to receive free trees to replace trees lost due to Hurricane Harvey damage. The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association is proud to join event sponsors International Paper, FedEx, Arbor Day Foundation and Texas A&M Forestry Service to distribute the trees and provide planting instructions to citizens seeking to replace lost trees.
Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Campaign — a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation, International Paper and FedEx — Bluebonnet Master Gardeners Association will distribute 500 trees to homeowners in Sealy and surrounding areas on Friday, October 25th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at American Legion Hall, 1630 Meyer Street in Sealy, TX. These new trees will be free of charge for residents and will help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by the past four years of weather devastation.
Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president said, “By replanting, we strive to bring healing and hope to the people and the communities in which they live, as well as help return the beauty and the value trees bring back to their properties.”
“Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program, International Paper is able to contribute to the resilience of the communities where our employees live and work,” said Tom Eugate, International Paper’s Sealy Container site manager. “Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests, and we are proud to help provide healthy trees for this community and for the generations to come.”
The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Chapter in Texas is associated with its four county Texas A&M AgriLife Agricultural Extension offices. The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association is a four-county chapter receiving guidance from four AgriLife professionals; one from each of Austin, Colorado, Fayette & Washington Counties.
With the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, many trees in the area have been seriously affected, and they will present a decrease in tree vigor and stability. Because of the growth patterns of trees, flood damage effects are usually only expressed 2-4 years after the event. Due to the massive number of stressed trees in the area, pests will reach peak populations and present a management problem for as many as 5 years into the future.