Keep Oklahoma Beautiful partners with numerous organizations that are working to keep Oklahoma green, beautiful, and sustainable. One KOB affiliate, the Tree Bank Foundation, has been tirelessly preserving Oklahoma’s beauty, one tree at a time.
For the second year in a row, Tree Bank Foundation, partnered with KOB, was awarded a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. This grant, part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative, is intended to plant, preserve, and protect trees across the nation. These grants are awarded to 30 affiliates in the United States, and Tree Bank Foundation was one of these highly deserving recipients.
Last year, with its $10,000, the Foundation planted fifty three-inch caliper trees in the Moore area in response to the May 20, 2013 tornado. 73 volunteers, including KOB board and staff, met on November 8 and spent the morning “releafing” damaged areas. This project is part of the Foundation’s Tornado Re-Leaf program.
“Not many people consider tree damage and loss after a tornado, but after the houses are rebuilt, they are astonished at how desolate the landscape looks,” said Nicki Largent, Executive Director of the Tree Bank Foundation. “In the words of one of our volunteers from Moore: ‘I could replace the car and the house with insurance, but nothing could bring back my beautiful tree.’ There is also the issue of susceptibility to flooding, increased utility costs and further loss of property value after mature trees are destroyed.”
Recently, the Tree Bank Foundation has been giving away trees to residents across the state, including Shawnee, El Reno, Oklahoma City, and Moore. In the future, they plan to help the Sulphur/Wynnewood area replant trees after their recent tornados. The Foundation is active with many other programs, including planting orchards for organizations that provide food to the needy, beautifying school grounds and parks to shade children when they play outside, and memorializing loved ones through their Memory/Honor plantings.
Their efforts have proven to be extremely beneficial in preserving Oklahoma’s beauty.
“That’s why working for KOB is so wonderful,” said Jeanette Nance, Executive Director of KOB. “To be able to continue helping keep the beauty of our great state with such a wonderful partner is incredible.”
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