Legacy Trees Earns Grant

Precinct 4 residents can look forward to shadier streets and parks, thanks to a recent grant from the Apache Corporation.

Through the Apache Corporation 2020-2021 Tree Grant Program, Precinct 4 received 1,500 trees, including 1,000 bare-root seedlings and 500 3-gallon trees.

The grant allowed Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project to plant 30 different tree species, including pecan, Chickasaw plum, green ash, and river birch, in the Mackenzie Park subdivision in Spring earlier this month.

During the two-day event, 50 people volunteered to plant, mulch, and water more than 320 5-gallon trees. Volunteers included Boy Scout troops 1665, 1550, and 878; Madre Tierra; and nearby residents. Precinct 4 staff members were also onsite to assist. Mackenzie Park was selected to receive the trees because of the neighborhood’s interest in the Foster-A-Legacy Tree program.

Legacy Trees Project arborist Laura Medick said the event proved to be one of Precinct 4’s most successful tree plantings, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This grant is an opportunity to do something good in our Precinct 4 communities together with families and neighbors in times of tribulation and uncertainty,” she said.

With the support of groups like Apache Corporation, Precinct 4 has helped restore trees and forested areas throughout the region. It is estimated that cities earn a $2.25 return on each dollar invested in planting through energy savings, increased property values, and improved air quality.

Join Legacy Trees for upcoming tree planting events, Holiday Tree Planting on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Plant It for the Planet on Saturday, Jan. 23.