TreeFolks is thrilled to be among the nine honorees to receive Texas’ highest environmental award! The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced the winners of the 2015 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards in a press release on March 10, 2015. TreeFolks will be honored for its work to replant millions of loblolly pine on private lands in the aftermath of the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. The Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program has just completed its third year of services and has planted more than one million trees. By the end of the five year contract with the Texas A&M Forest Service and Bastrop County, the program aims to plant a total of two million trees to reforest the Lost Pines utilizing volunteers, professional crews, and members from the Texas Conservation Corps.
The awards will be presented at a banquet at the Austin Convention Center the evening of May 6, 2015. The banquet will include dinner and short films featuring the work of each of the nine award recipients. Individual tickets are $35 and tickets for a table of 8 are available for $280 at the TCEQ Trade Fair Registration page.
The Wednesday, March 18, 2015 edition of the Austin American Statesman printed a story about the TCEQ award and TreeFolks’ reforestation work. The story is available here: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/treefolks-draws-statewide-honor/nkZB3/.