TXU Power and TXU Energy employees will be putting their green thumbs to good use Saturday, Feb. 17, by joining the Texas Trees Foundation for a tree-planting project at the TXU Urban Tree Farm at Richland College.
TXU Energy and TXU Power volunteers will help plant 10,200 seedlings at the TXU Urban Tree Farm at Richland College. The event, part of the Texas Trees Foundation's monthly transplanting effort, is scheduled to take place 8 a.m.-12 noon.
TXU and its predecessors have been at the forefront of restoration efforts, planting more than 24 million trees in the state of Texas since the early 1970s. Since the TXU Urban Tree Farm's inception in July 2002, TXU employees have volunteered their time and efforts to plant more than 36,000 seedlings for the Trees for Texas Program. Those four generations of trees are now either in production at the farm or providing shade and cleaning the air at selected public sites in North Central Texas.
"TXU has had a long history of environmental excellence in the state of Texas, and that commitment originates from the dedication of our employees," said Richard Wistrand, Senior Vice President and Chief Fossil Officer of TXU Power. "It is always a pleasure to work with the Texas Trees Foundation to help replenish the state's natural resources, and we are delighted to do so with every opportunity that comes our way."
The Texas Trees Foundation, a national forestry leader, has helped plant more than 130,000 trees in North Central Texas since its inception as part of its mission to "green" the area. Most of those trees have been grown at the TXU Urban Tree Farm which began in part with a $143,000 grant from TXU.
The four-acre production facility is the largest known urban tree farm in the nation, capable of growing over 7,000 ten-gallon trees per planting season. Mature trees are offered to the public for a donation of $35 each.
"Saturday's tree planting will allow us to continue our efforts to provide the next generation of public trees in our communities," said Mike Bradshaw, Texas Trees Foundation's Executive Director. "TXU understands how important it is to help people become good stewards of one of our most important natural resources, our trees, in order to improve the quality of life in our community, today and for generations to come."
The Mission of the Texas Trees Foundation is (i) to preserve, beautify and expand parks and other public natural green spaces in a six county area surrounding the City of Dallas, and (ii) to beautify our public streets, boulevards and rights-of-way by planting trees and encouraging others to do the same through educational programs that focus on the importance of building and protecting the "urban forest" today as a legacy for generations to come. The Foundation will share its vision on a national level, but will focus its efforts and develop loyalties among communities in the North Central Texas area. Visit http://www.texastreesfoundation.org/ for more information.
TXU Corp., a Dallas-based energy company, manages a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy businesses primarily in Texas. In the competitive TXU Energy Holdings segment (electricity generation, wholesale marketing and retailing), TXU Energy provides electricity and related services to more than 2.2 million competitive electricity customers in Texas, more customers than any other retail electric provider in the state. TXU Power has over 18,300 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW of nuclear and 5,800 MW of coal-fired generation capacity. TXU Wholesale optimizes the purchases and sales of energy for TXU Energy and TXU Power and provides related services to other market participants. TXU Wholesale and its affiliate, TXU Renew, are the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. In addition, TXU Power Development Company and its affiliates are involved in a power generation development program in Texas and are evaluating opportunities for additional development outside of Texas. TXU Corp.'s regulated segment, TXU Electric Delivery, is an electric distribution and transmission business that complements the competitive operations, using superior asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers. TXU Electric Delivery operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, providing power to three million electric delivery points over more than 100,000 miles of distribution and 14,000 miles of transmission lines. Visit http://www.txucorp.com/ for more information about TXU Corp.