Apache Plants 3-Millionth Tree in Houston's Memorial Park
HOUSTON, Jan. 26, 2013
HOUSTON, Jan. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA)
and officials from the city of Houston, including Mayor Annise Parker,
gathered in Memorial Park on Arbor Day to commemorate the planting of the
3-millionth tree donated by the Apache Foundation's Tree Program.
"Given our headquarters is located in Houston and that our employees have
turned out for years to plant thousands of Apache-donated trees in Memorial
Park, we thought this was the perfect place to commemorate the planting of our
3-millionth tree," said Roger Plank, president and chief corporate officer of
Since 2005, Apache has awarded 3 million trees to non-profit organizations in
16 states, with the intended goal to enrich the communities where the company
operates. The trees selected are native to the areas where they were donated
so they may reach their maximum potential for growth. Recipients must confirm
they will properly care for their trees.
The 3-millionth tree is a large live oak approximately 9 inches in diameter
and 25 feet tall that was raised from a sapling at a private tree farm outside
of Houston. The tree was transplanted to a field at the northwest intersection
of Memorial Drive and Memorial Loop Drive. The area previously was barren of
trees and potentially will serve as a site for future donations from Apache
Tree Grant Program.
"Apache has been involved with the growth of Houston's Urban Forest for many
years," said Mayor Parker. "Their continuing support has been even more
significant since the 2011 drought. The planting of their 3-millionth tree in
Memorial Park is a symbol of their commitment and of our city's appreciation
for their support of Houston's Urban Forest."
Beyond the planting of the 3-millionth tree, volunteers planted some 20,000
trees today to add to Houston's forest canopy, which will provide cleaner air,
shade and a more beautiful landscape for tomorrow. Apache contributed 2,000
trees for the Arbor Day event at Memorial Park that were planted by more than
50 Apache employee volunteers. The company also donated 300 trees to Hermann
Park and 200 to the Bayou Land Conservancy for their Arbor Day plantings
"Houston is home to Apache and almost 1,300 employees," said Plank. "We care
about the communities in which we live and work and know firsthand the
devastation the state's tree population has suffered here. While the impact of
trees takes time, their beauty is irreplaceable. We hope that over time
Apache's efforts will contribute to making our Houston community a better
place, including providing much-needed shade during the hot summer months."
For more information, please click here to learn more about Apache's Tree
Program. A video on how the program has benefited communities such as
Pflugerville, Texas, is available on YouTube.
Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with
operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea,
Australia and Argentina. Apache posts announcements, operational updates,
investor information and copies of all press releases on its website,
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