Friday, April 13, 2007

Persevere Tree Team and Johnny Appleseed Project Update

The Persevere tree team continues to make steady progress against the dead standing tree problem. Dead standing trees have been a major issue since Katrina struck in August 2005. The hazardous trees pose the biggest threat to existing structures and homes being rebuilt. Persevere volunteers successfully felled and removed 85 hazardous trees in February and 53 during the month of March while leading volunteer groups on other projects. Our tree removal service continues to provide vital support to Katrina Survivors rebuilding. Persevere volunteers often take care of the first step in the rebuilding process by either clearing land or removing trees that threaten to fall on a new structure. So far in April Persevere volunteers have removed 42 hazardous trees.

During the month of March Persevere volunteers planted 225 new trees. 200 were planted at a Park in Waveland, MS as Persevere teamed up with Americorps members from St Rose in Bay St. Louis. Volunteers also planted at several homes in Pass Christian and Waveland. To date Persevere volunteers have given over 1200 young pines, live oak and magnolia trees back to the Gulf Coast.