Texas A&M Galveston students planted 100 young trees in Galveston on Saturday. The Sea Aggie volunteers were enlisteded by The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy to help in their seventh annual Neighborwoods program. Tree varieties included: live oaks, Texas redbud, desert willow, magnolia, and Mexican Sycamore.
GITC gave birth to Neighborwoods as a yearly event to replant the island with trees after the destruction of 40,000 trees by Hurricane Ike. The trees are planted in public right of ways usually in front of homes.
There is no cost to property owners for the trees. GITC requires that the property owner or someone in the neighborhood agree to care for and nurture the young tree for at least two years. “We can raise the funds for trees, but it’s the students and volunteers in the neighborhoods who bring this project to life,” commented Jill Randall, GITC board member and horticulturist.
Funding for the trees comes from The John P, McGovern Foundation, mulch for this year’s trees was donated by Tom Thumb’s Nursery and Mel’s Blue Plate Diner provided food for the volunteers. Further contributions were made by Green Girl’s Gardening Service and Landscaping and Boutique.
Tree planting was just one of close to 45 community service events staffed by Texas A&M students on Saturday. The Big Event, a campus wide community service day, has been a tradition with Aggie students since 1994. “This is the one day we really mobilize the student body to give back. It is our day of service to the community. This year we had our highest number of students participating.” stated Col. Michael E. Fossum, USAFR (Ret.), Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University Galveston Campus.