TXU Energy Helps Aransas County ISD Replace Trees Lost to Hurricane Harvey

TXU Energy donated 40 trees to Aransas County ISD to help replace those lost to the storm’s severe winds and widespread flooding

8/28/2018

With the Rockport area experiencing significant tree loss due to Hurricane Harvey, TXU Energy has donated 40 trees to Aransas County ISD to help replace those lost to the storm’s severe winds and widespread flooding.

TXU Energy representatives, Aransas County ISD staff and students, along with local elected officials, commemorated the tree donation and observed the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey during an educational seminar and ceremonial tree planting at Rockport-Fulton Middle School.

“We are grateful as a community and a school district for TXU Energy’s generous donation of forty trees. Hurricane Harvey not only damaged our county structurally, but also devastated our hearty tree community,” said Joseph Patek, Aransas County ISD superintendent. “Through the years and for many generations, these trees will be a symbol of the kindness and generosity of our fellow Texans. For TXU Energy to realize the importance of rebuilding our environment, is touching."

The donated trees – including desert willow, fruiting mulberry, possumhaw holly, and vitex species – will help replace those that were destroyed across Aransas County ISD campuses.

“We’re proud to donate trees to our communities and customers,” said Caroline Atkins, TXU Energy community affairs manager. “We hope these trees will provide numerous benefits to students, citizens, and visitors to the area for years to come.”

According to Tyler Wright, Texas Trees Foundation urban and community forester, trees will serve a vital role in rebuilding the Texas Gulf Coast region. “Aransas County was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey, and we know firsthand that trees bring people together and are the building blocks of a healthy community,” Wright said.

The tree donation is part of TXU Energy’s Trees Across Texas program, which has provided over 285,000 trees to communities since 2002 through the company’s longstanding partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation. In total, TXU Energy has helped generate environmental savings and health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at approximately $37 million annually during the life of these trees.

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