By Leigh Jones
Galveston, TX (September 2, 2009)- A group of downtown business owners is hosting a street party next weekend to raise money to buy trees for the island’s replanting efforts. The free event, featuring live music and food, will be part of the citywide Hurricane Ike remembrance activities. The storm killed an estimated 30,000 trees, denuding much of the island’s core urban area of its 100-year-old leafy canopy. The city’s tree committee is working on replanting efforts, which won’t start until November.
Most of the money for new trees is expected to come from private donations and fundraising events. All of the merchants near 25th and Market streets immediately agreed to donate money from the party’s planned raffle to buy new trees, Eatcetera owner Andrea Hunting said. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased from merchants in the area.
The business owners also have 100 live oak saplings, donated by Austin-based urban forestry advocates TreeFolks, that they plan to sell or sponsor through an adopt-a-tree program, Hunting said. TreeFolks will donate 1,000 trees to the city later this year to help with the replanting effort, Hunting said.
Galveston Daily News- Businesses raise money for new trees