RETREET will lead a coalition of regional and national partners Saturday, Nov. 16 in planting up to 170 native 1.5” caliper trees, free of charge, at the homes of families in Aransas County affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Everything begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Aransas County Airport (421 John. D. Wendell Rd.) with a welcoming ceremony and group photo.
Local volunteers are needed, and participation is free, but registration is required. To sign up as a “planting volunteer” visit rockportretreet.eventbrite.com.
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Residents were able to request trees through RETREET’s website, www.retreet.org/aransascounty) starting in September and are still able to do so. Volunteers will travel to Aransas County from all over the United States to join local groups, completing the work in five hours.
Rockport RETREET will address an often-overlooked part of the recovery process. Trees are destroyed alongside infrastructure and housing in every disaster. While bringing life back to an area produces an immense psychological impact by making unfamiliar, decimated landscapes feel like home again, there are almost no resources available to do this unique work.
Most people struggling through the recovery process do not have time, energy, or funds required to replace their lost trees and, furthermore, do not know which trees should be planted where, or when it is best to do so. Of everything lost, mature trees are what will take the longest to replace.
“It’s been a long journey back. RETREET’s volunteers and trees helped my community fill voids left by the devastation and bring smiles as we watch them grow – a symbol that life is returning and this will be a great place to live again,” said Moore, OK resident Rebecca Kasbaum, pointing out the impact RETREET’s work has had in her community following an EF5 tornado that devastated her town May 20, 2013.
RETREET will host “A Celebration of Community” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at La Palma Event Center following the planting. The event will feature dinner, drinks, and live music, all free of charge for volunteers and the families for whom they planted earlier in the day.
Rockport RETREET will be a major environmental and infrastructural investment that will leave a legacy for generations to come.
These trees, which serve as powerful symbols of hope, will help reestablish the environmental identity of Aransas County, providing shade for residents and habitat for birds and other wildlife.
This is RETREET’s second program in the area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, following Port Aransas RETREET in November 2018 (www.retreet.org/blog/portaransasretreet).
RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees. To date, its programs have brought 5,335 trees to thousands of families recovering from natural disasters in 17 different communities across North America. There is no other agency focused on this unique, important, and underrepresented part of the recovery process. As such, RETREET has become the national authority in this work.
The Home Depot Foundation, Lush Cosmetics, Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s Home Improvement provided major funding for Rockport RETREET.