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TREE GIVEAWAY PLANNED FOR POSSUM KINGDOM-AREA COMMUNITIES

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Dec. 4, 2012 – PALO PINTO COUNTY, Texas – In April 2011, the PK Complex wildfire ravaged communities surrounding the scenic Possum Kingdom Lake, burning more than 126,000 acres and destroying 168 homes. The recovery effort continues this month, with an event planned to help restore the area’s landscape.  

Texas A&M Forest Service is partnering with Texas Garden Clubs on Saturday, Dec. 15, to distribute 100 free trees to residents of The Cliffs and Sportsman’s World communities. The giveaway begins at 11 a.m. at The Cliffs, 160 Cliffs Drive, Graford, and at noon at Sportsman’s World, 6020 Hell’s Gate Loop, Strawn.   

The trees were purchased with funds donated by Texas Garden Clubs and will be distributed by officials with Texas A&M Forest Service. Volunteers from the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council and reTREEt America will be on hand to assist residents who need help planting their trees.

“These communities were devastated by the 2011 wildfires,” said Forester Courtney Blevins. “We want to give them some hope and help them re-green the area surrounding their homes.”

Strategic landscaping can help reduce the spread of wildfire, so it’s key for residents to consider proximity to the home and spacing between trees when planting on their property, Blevins added. Information about fire-resistant landscaping will be distributed to residents when they pick up their trees. 

“We chose these species – live oak, lacey oak and cedar elm – to give away because they are drought hardy and not highly flammable,” he said. 

The trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents are not required to pre-register or provide proof of residence. 

Contacts:
Courtney Blevins, Forester
(817) 531-3119,
cblevins@tfs.tamu.edu

Nick Harrison, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist
(817) 894-4761,
nharrison@tfs.tamu.edu

April Saginor, Communications Specialist
(979) 458-6619,
asaginor@tfs.tamu.edu