On May 24, 2015, the Blanco River crested more than 27 feet above its flood stage due to heavy storms throughout the weekend. The rapid rise of the river caused massive flooding in several central Texas communities along its bank, destroying more than 350 homes and taking 12 lives.
Thousands of hundred-year-old trees were uprooted or swept down river, leaving behind an unstable environment for these communities as the storm season continues.
The Blanco River Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Texas A&M Forest Service, RETREET and the Arbor Day Foundation. This campaign will focus on planting new trees along the banks of the Blanco River as well as distributing new trees to the central Texas communities who have been so deeply affected by this deadly disaster. New trees will be available to residents of Wimberley, Blanco and San Marcos. These trees will help to restore hope and healing to homeowners and will begin the process of environmental recovery to the flood-ravaged lands. With your help, central Texas residents can once again enjoy the beautiful tree-lined river they have grown up with right outside their doors.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 207 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $55,586
- Heating Savings (kBtu) = $13,303
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $68,889
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 787 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 4 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 10,474,200 gallons