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The Great Tree Giveaway Program, a partnership between the Tree Bank Foundation in Oklahoma City and the Apache Corporation in Houston, has given away more than 150,000 trees to 60 Oklahoma communities since 2008.
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Oklahomans looking to give back during the holidays need look no further than these nonprofit organizations doing good work to help others at home.
By Karlie Tipton
Published November/December 2016
The Oklahoma Tree Bank Foundation makes the state more livable through the power of plants.
In its nearly three decades of existence, the Tree Bank Foundation has boosted the state’s value by more than $60,000,000. How can an organization with one full-time staffer contribute so much? The U.S. Forestry Service estimates that each tree contributes $273 annually, and the Oklahoma City-based foundation has helped plant 220,000 trees since its founding in 1987. Some benefits—clean air, shade, less soil erosion, and higher property values—are obvious, but others are surprising.
“The more trees in a neighborhood, the fewer cases of attention deficit disorder, fewer traffic accidents, and less sunstroke and heat exhaustion,” says executive director Nicki Largent.
Through programs that provide donated saplings and mature plants to nonprofits, schools, or churches—and classes that teach individuals how to care for trees throughout Oklahoma—the Tree Bank Foundation is establishing strong roots for the future.
HOW TO HELP: The Tree Bank Foundation, 3535 North Classen Boulevard, (405) 702-4050 or thetreebank.org.