TreeFolks, Bastrop County receive $50,000 Alcoa grant

Private landowners will receive more than 1 million trees this year

BASTROP—TreeFolks received a $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation and American Forests Global ReLeaf Partnership for Trees to continue operating the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program. Funds will be used to assist approximately 230 private landowners in reforesting more than 2,000 acres of land devastated by the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire.

TreeFolks worked with the Bastrop County Lost Pines Recovery Team to develop the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program which provides an efficient, equitable, and environmentally sound reforestation process for all private landowners.

“Reforestation will be at least a five year process and it won’t be static, the landscape will continue to change and we will adapt our process based on our results and the current need. Through community support and local engagement, we are well on our way to helping every landowner receive free trees, reforestation education and planting assistance—which is a big step forward in each landowner’s individual recovery process,” TreeFolks’ Director April Rose said.

Alcoa Foundation and American Forests join Apache Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, Bastrop County, local grocer H-E-B, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M Forest Service and others in supporting reforestation through program funding, supplying in-kind resources such as trees, tools and refrigerated storage and through volunteerism.

Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are partnering on a multi-year initiative to plant hundreds of thousands of native trees on damaged and degraded sites. Alcoa employees will be among the thousands of volunteers TreeFolks will recruit to plant trees this winter. To learn more, to donate or to volunteer please contact:

TreeFolks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that grows the urban forests of central Texas. For 24 years, TreeFolks has been working with local government, community groups and individual volunteers to plant and preserve trees that improve air and water quality, provide wildlife habitat, and engage the local community in tree planting and education events.

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