February 26, 2014 – CLEBURNE, Texas – Disaster struck last
spring when a tornado ripped through the City of Cleburne creating 8.5 miles of destruction and
leaving residents to rebuild their
damaged homes, businesses and landscapes.
Over 1,500 homes were impacted by the storm, including the
loss of many of the surrounding trees. According to the Texas Trees Foundation,
the loss of these trees has been accompanied by a decrease in shade, energy
efficiency and property values.
Partnering to help the community recover, H.E.B., Texas Trees
Foundation, ReTreet America, Texas A&M Forest Service, the City of
Cleburne, and Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council are providing free trees to
homeowners in the affected area.
"The environmental impact of a storm like this is
often not recognized for some time, but it cannot be overlooked,” said Matt
Grubisich, operations director for Texas Trees Foundation. “These 300 trees are
a great way to start rebuilding the tree cover in this neighborhood leaving a
lasting legacy for years to come.”
planting trees can bring a community together around a common goal: restoring the
lost tree canopy.
“Neighbors’ trees were uprooted and thrown across the
street. There was so much damage, but we really miss our trees and are looking
forward to having them back,” said Doree McKinley, Cleburne homeowner.
The tree giveaway is
set for Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m.-noon. It will be held at the H.E.B
parking lot at 600 W Henderson St, Cleburne. Residents in affected neighborhoods
can bring in the Trees for Cleburne postcard received in the mail to get a free
tree. Volunteers will be available to help residents who are unable to plant
For more information about this tree giveaway contact Matt
Grubisich at 214-273-6686 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or contact Courtney Blevins at 817-531-3119 or email@example.com.
Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts:
Blevins, Ft. Worth Regional Forester
Jackson, Communications Specialist