Fire, drought victims can get free trees

Published On: Nov 30 2012 01:32:21 PM CST

HOUSTON -

Some residents hit hard by the drought and 2011 wildfires will be able to get a free tree.

The Texas A&M Forest Service and Anheuser-Busch teamed up to distribute 500 free trees through Texas ReLeaf.

Pre-registered families in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties will be eligible for the trees.

The trees will be distributed on Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at:

  • Grimes County: Plantersville Fire Department, 15985 F.M. 1774 in Plantersville
  • Montgomery County: Magnolia City Hall, 1811 Buddy Riley Boulevard in Magnolia
  • Waller County: San Bernard Electric Co-Op, 29244 F.M. 1488 in Hockley

"ReLeaf is much more than a tree giveaway," Texas A&M Forest Service Urban District Forester John Warner said. "Yes, we want to re-green these communities, but, more importantly, we hope to use these trees to revive community spirit and inspire hope."

Each participating family will get a tree, a water bag and a tree guard. Families must agree to immediately plant the tree, preferably in their front yard, and participate in a follow-up site survey done by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Another tree giveaway is scheduled for March. Roughly 1,000 trees will be given away in both events combined. About 10 percent of the trees have been set aside for planting on public land, such as at schools, libraries and parks.

Registration for the December giveaway is closed, but families can register for the March distribution by visiting www.kmbctexas.org/releaf  or calling 713-806-3453 after Jan. 5, when registration begins.

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