Raising Money For Austin’s Trees

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Who doesn’t love trees? They give us shade, fresh air, beauty, and a solid base for a good rope swing into Barton Creek. But as much as Austin loves trees, it’s a constant effort to keep them healthy and strong.

That’s why TreeFolks (a local nonprofit organization dedicated to planting and caring for trees) announced the launch of two new programs at a press conference with Council Member Alison Alter earlier this week.

The two new programs are:

Remove and Replace – this pilot program provides low-income Austin residents with expert assessment, removal, and replacement of hazardous trees at no charge. According to TreeFolks, the drought of 2011 weakened the Central Texas tree canopy, stressing some trees and causes limbs to drop or their trunks to lean (potentially threatening property).

“Removing problem trees safely can be prohibitively expensive for some of our residents,” said Council Member Alter in a press release.  “The Remove and Replace program is a great example of how environmental and affordability efforts can work together to keep Austin’s urban forest safe and beautiful while also helping people stay in their homes.”

You can apply for this program here>>

Austin Environmental Heroes – this program hires and trains high school students to care for trees in Austin parks over the summer (which is traditionally a hard time for trees). Students will earn a $350 stipend to water saplings and test water quality one day per week and will also have access to adventure programming, including swimming, kayaking, and camping. Applications are now available online.

Want to support this program? TreeFolks is currently running a campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase a watering rig for students to water trees over the summer. All you have to do to participate is post a video of yourself watering a tree on Facebook with the hashtag #makeasplash, and then donate here. And don’t forget to tag your other tree-loving friends!

TreeFolks Fundraiser

Looking for even more ways to support TreeFolks?
Several local businesses are hosting fundraisers for TreeFolks throughout Earth Month, including:

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