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250,000 Trees To Be Planted Under ‘Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign’

By Conni Kunzler | January 2, 2018

Source: “Verizon Makes 250,000 Tree Commitment With the Arbor Day Foundation to Restore Hurricane Destroyed Tree Canopies in Forests and Communities,” News Release; “250,000 trees to be planted under ‘Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign’,” Climate Action Programme

Lincoln, NE (December 21, 2017) – The Arbor Day Foundation has expanded its partnership with Verizon as part of its newly launched Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign. The campaign aims to plant a total of 5 million trees over the next 5 years as a way to contribute to the rebuilding of the affected communities.

Verizon has committed 250,000 trees as part of the tree restoration efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. This comes on the heels of Verizon’s existing partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, which has planted more than 100,000 trees over the past year and a half.

“Verizon continues to be a leader in tree planting in our great nation, not only as stewards of our national forests but now, through this commitment, stewards of our communities as well,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation President.

“Because of Verizon’s expanded commitment to tree planting, communities affected by the recent hurricanes will be on their way to regaining the benefits that the lost trees provided such as clean air and water, as well as natural beauty”.

In October, in the wake of hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, the Arbor Day Foundation unveiled a brand-new hurricane tree recovery campaign to get millions of trees back in the ground. The hurricanes damaged and destroyed millions of trees in yards, parks and forests across the states and territory. Insurance will often cover the cost to rebuild structures, but not the trees and landscapes of a community.

“Thousands of people are continuing to feel the impact of the hurricanes, including our customers and employees. We have made a commitment to aid in disaster relief efforts, and do our part to repair the communities affected by these storms,” says Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer for Verizon. “An important part of this effort is restoring vegetation, and we are proud to expand our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to join them in this mission.”

The hurricane tree recovery campaign, which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program, will not only be helping the states of Florida and Texas and the territory of Puerto Rico but will also be assisting other communities devastated by natural disasters that occurred in 2017.

 

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