BROWNSVILLE, Texas (November 29, 2022) – The City of Brownsville’s Parks and Recreation Department takes action to celebrate the planting and nurturing of trees within the community. The City partnered with the Brownsville Beautification Committee, and the Brownsville Independent School District will host two special tree planting events scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively; the community is invited to participate.
The events scheduled for Wednesday mark the 23rd annual observance and are:
BISD 2nd Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Where: Raquel Peña Elementary
4975 Salida De Luna, Brownsville, Texas 78526
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
COB 23rd Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
Where: Historic Battlefield Trail
Near Alton Gloor Parking Lot, Brownsville, Texas 78526
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Over the course of the next several weeks, tree plantings will result in 140 new trees on seven different school properties that have been identified by the district as having low tree density. The planting of trees at the BISD locations have been made possible thanks to a $40,000 grant provided by One Tree Planted, whose mission is “to reforest our planet, provide education, awareness, and engagement on the importance of trees in our ecosystem, and to inspire action.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of National Arbor Day, traditionally celebrated in April and is promoted by The Arbor Day Foundation. Texas observes “Texas Arbor Day” during the month of November as this is the best tree planting time for this region of the U.S.
The City of Brownsville will support the observance by hosting a tree planting and tree give-a-way event. The community is invited to stop by and receive a free tree at the Historic Battlefield Trail site, located near the Alton Gloor crossing, near Burns Elementary, starting at 10:00 a.m. The city will provide 75 FREE olive saplings, which were donated by the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB). These are on a first come, first served basis.
A special performance, at the 10:00 a.m. tree give-a-way, will be presented by the Garcia Middle School band. Students from Burns Elementary will also show their support for the eco-system by attending the tree planting event.
Both tree planting events will be presided over by, Bill Green, the Texas A&M University Forester of the Forest Resource Development & Sustainable Forestry Division.
The public is invited to upload their participation of planting a tree to social media. Each post can turn into trees planted! The Arbor Day Foundation will plant one tree for each Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook post with the hashtag #ArborDay.
The Arbor Day Foundation has been inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees since 1972. The foundation has grown over the last five decades to become the largest organization who has distributed nearly 500 million trees worldwide.
For more information regarding these events, please contact Damaris McGlone, Parks and Recreation Department Director at (956) 243-7970 or via email at Damaris.Mcglone@brownsvilletx.gov.