|Apache Corporation marks the 10th anniversary of the company's Tree Grant Program with the donation of its 4 millionth tree, pictured above, to the City of Houston. (PRNewsFoto/Apache Corporation)|
Apache Corporation will mark the 10-year anniversary of the company's popular tree grant program by donating its 4 millionth tree – a 16-foot tall live oak with a 6-inch caliper – to Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. The tree will be planted during an anniversary celebration today at noon in Apache Grove at Memorial Park. Apache's CEO and President, John J. Christmann IV, will host the festivities and will be joined by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, representatives of the Houston Parks Department and past Apache Tree Program grant recipients.
"A cornerstone of Apache's corporate outreach philosophy is to make a positive contribution in the communities where we live and operate," said Christmann. "Our tree program has been a great way for our employees to volunteer in their communities and for the company to make a lasting contribution. Here in our hometown of Houston, we have donated over 400,000 trees with nearly 100,000 of them going to public parks."
The Apache Tree Grant Program was the original vision of Apache founder Raymond Plank who launched the program with an initial goal of donating 1 million trees. In just 10 years, the program has successfully given away more than 4 million trees to nonprofit organizations across 17 states to help improve wildlife habitats, restore storm damage and enhance cities and neighborhoods.
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and beautifying Houston's Buffalo Bayou, has been one of the program's recent recipients receiving nearly 10,000 trees over the last three years to support its efforts to revamp and reforest the banks of the Bayou. "Apache has been an incredible partner and supporter of Buffalo Bayou Partnership," said Anne Olson, president, Buffalo Bayou Partnership. "The lush landscape that park visitors see today would not have been possible without Apache's generosity. It has been donors like Apache that have truly transformed Buffalo Bayou Park. We are deeply grateful for Apache's commitment to this iconic green space and to so many other environmental initiatives throughout our city."