Oklahoma Great Tree Giveaway a Success

The Tree Bank Foundation oversaw the distribution of ten thousand trees in October of 2012.  Twenty-two communities benefited from the OK Great Tree Giveaway, putting down roots in parks, schools and nonprofit grounds throughout Oklahoma.  Some communities also offered the trees to private citizens to increase their urban forest. This year the communities were offered maple, oak, redbud, elm and Chinese Pistache trees.

“We certainly could not give trees to everyone that was in line, which is always a disappointment,” stated Norma Lynn Paschal of the Ardmore Beautification Council, “but I think that speaks to how popular the program really is.”  The Great Tree Giveaway is open for cities, nonprofits, churches and schools to apply for trees.  The Tree Bank Foundation reviews the applications and allocates trees to the applicants, then arranges for the delivery of the trees.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer this program in the Spring this year as we have done in the past,” stated Nicki Largent, Executive Director of the Tree Bank Foundation.  “We were given 10,000 trees by the Apache Foundation and we decided to give them all away in the fall of this year instead of splitting the trees up between the seasons.”  The Tree Bank will begin accepting applications for the next fall planting season in June of 2013.

The Apache Foundation is a philanthropic arm of Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company.  Since 2005, it has granted nearly 250,000 trees to more than 55 non-profit organizations in more than 35 surrounding cities in Oklahoma. The Apache Foundation was also recognized by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who proclaimed Aug. 30, 2012, as “The Apache Foundation Tree Planting Program Day.” She passed the proclamation as an expression of gratitude for Apache’s support in reviving the Oklahoma landscape through tree grants. The Tree Bank Foundation is honored to work alongside Apache Foundation in helping to improve the environment and quality of life through planting trees.

November 12, 2012