Rio Reforestation Part of NeighborWoods Month Celebrations

Cultivate Diversity: Mix It Up for Healthy NeighborWoods
Project Rio Reforestation began in 1994 as a cooperative effort between Valley Proud Environmental Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Audubon Society’s Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary. Project Rio Reforestation was created to re-vegetate land in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas to be preserved as natural habitat for plants and wildlife. Since that time, the event organizers have joined with other organizations and volunteers to plant more than 180,000 seedlings of 40 native plant and tree species along the banks and neighboring fields of the Rio Grande River and in the Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuges. The project promotes the restoration of previously existing habitat and the sustained growth of new habitat through the exclusive use of native plants As this border region experiences unprecedented growth, the cropland that once replaced native brush land is now being taken over by urban sprawl. Over 95% of “The Valley” has been cleared of its diverse native brush land; including 98% of riparian habitat.

Date: October 11, 2008
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Harris and Scuatz tracts at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
Purpose: To celebrate the benefits of trees in the places people live. During National NeighborWoods Month, we want to share the message that planting and caring for trees adds value to our communities. Trees are not just a local concern but a national one as well. Your participation in National NeighborWoods Month not only enhances your community’s health, but also furthers our collective efforts to ensure that everyone gets to live in neighborhoods with trees.
Note: National NeighborWoods Month is part of the National NeighborWoods program, an initiative to re-green North American cities from coast to coast. The National NeighborWoods initiative is a program of the national Alliance for Community Trees in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Laura Maxwell
September 29, 2008
Valley Proud Environmental Council
Related Resources:
Local NeighborWoods Month Event Media Advisory
National NeighborWoods Month Media Advisory