In celebration of Arbor Day, Keep America Beautiful (“KAB”), alongside affiliates Keep Orange County Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, is pleased to launch Orange County RETREET, an effort to heal the landscape of Orange County, TX, which has been devastated by numerous hurricanes and tornados over the past decade.
“Orange County RETREET will address an often-overlooked part of the recovery process,” said Grady McGahan, Senior Director of Green Strategies & Community Development for KAB. “Trees are destroyed alongside housing and infrastructure in every natural disaster, and, of everything lost, trees take the longest to replace because you cannot rebuild them. Planting new trees brings life back to neighborhoods and produces an immense psychological impact by making decimated landscapes feel like home again.”
These trees, which will serve as powerful symbols of hope, also will reestablish the environmental identity of Orange County, providing shade, energy savings, stormwater management, pollution reduction, and myriad economic benefits for residents, as well as habitat for wildlife. Orange County RETREET will be a major investment that will leave a legacy for generations to come.
This signature tree planting event is made possible through generous contributions from Dow, Chevron Phillips, Lamar State College Orange, and Solvay, with operational support from Orange County Disaster Rebuild and a host of other local partners.
“Dow is proud to be a part of the Orange community, and of this uniquely impactful event. Orange County RETREET will be an exciting day when we all come together with our neighbors and industry partners to plant trees that will beautify and improve the environment for countless families,” said Christina Babcock, Public Affairs Leader for Dow.
On Saturday, November 4th, the RETREET team will be planting trees for families in Orange County after being devastated by numerous hurricanes and tornadoes over the past decade and need local volunteers on planting day! Participation is free but registration is required by signing up through the volunteer web portal here.
Keep America Beautiful (“KAB”), the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their environment. KAB provides the expertise, programs, and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities, and empowers generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice, and other resources.
RETREET is a flagship program of KAB that redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees. To date, the program has brought 6,493 trees to thousands of families recovering from natural disasters in communities across North America. There is no other agency focused on this unique, important, and underrepresented part of the recovery process. As such, the RETREET program has become the national standard in this work.