The Arbor Day Foundation in Partnership With Neat Streets Miami, the Miami-dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department, Fedex and Verizon Gift Free Trees to Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma
Event Kicks-off Arbor Foundation’s Initiative to Restore Forests and Communities Ravaged by 2017 Hurricanes
LINCOLN, Neb., January 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with Neat Streets Miami, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department, FedEx and Verizon will be gifting trees to area residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The distribution event will take place during Florida’s Arbor Day weekend on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the North Park Trail, 780 NW 127 Avenue, Miami, FL, 33182, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Miami-Dade County residents will be able to select from a three-gallon fruit or other native trees, while supplies last.
This event kicks off the Arbor Day Foundation’s hurricane tree recovery campaign to get millions of trees back in the ground in the wake of hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The initiative, which has engaged both public and private partners, aims to plant and distribute five (5) million trees over the next five (5) years.
“The residents of Miami suffered a great personal and physical loss due to the devastation of Hurricane Irma,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president. “While many of their personal belongings and dwellings may have been covered by insurance the beauty of their landscape is a personal burden. By providing these free trees we can help area residents restore the canopy and beauty to their neighborhoods for their families and generations to come.”
In August and September, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria left a path of devastation in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, impacting homes and critical infrastructure. The hurricanes damaged and destroyed millions of trees in yards, parks and forests across the states and territory. The hurricane tree recovery campaign, which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program, will not only be helping the states of Florida and Texas and the territory of Puerto Rico but will also be assisting other communities devastated by natural disasters that occurred in 2017.
“We are grateful to the Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and Verizon for helping our residents rebuild the precious tree canopy that was lost during Hurricane Irma,” Miami-Dade County’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department Director Maria I. Nardi shared. “Their generous donation will help to beautify neighborhoods all while supporting Neat Street Miami’s Million Trees Miami initiative. It is my hope that through the planting of these trees our residents get back to feeling like themselves and enjoy some ‘green’ healing!”
To see how you can get involved and make an immediate impact, please visit arborday.org/hurricanes.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.
More information is available at arborday.org.
About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami
Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Housed in the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional County board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections.
About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.
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About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $61 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.