In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, large parts of Texas and Florida were left with nearly $200 billion of combined damage. Harvey destroyed or damaged more than 200,000 homes, and Irma displaced more than 200,000 Floridians. Soon after, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving a majority of their population without power and a death toll that continues to rise.
While it could be months until final disaster numbers are reported, what we do know is that these events and our need to act are dire. As the affected communities begin to rebuild, the Arbor Day Foundation is committed to supplying 5 million trees to the tree recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
We will work with local forestry partners in these areas, experts who can assess the best time to replant trees and also help distribute the trees to affected homeowners. This is critical to the success of the program.
You can help these storm-ravaged communities heal…provide them with a beacon of hope in the form of trees.