Houston based Apache Corporation had representatives in Levelland Tuesday morning as representatives from the City of Levelland including Mayor Barbra Pinner and Councilman JoeBill Vardeman along with City Parks department employees and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Keep Levelland Beautiful committee planted the first of 50 Cedar Elm trees received through a grant from the Apache Corporation.
The first tree was planted in Lobo Lake park just south of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce. The city parks department will be planting the rest of the trees in the coming days. Trees will be planted in Kauffman Park, L.G. Griffin Park, George Price Park, Sherman Street Park, Brashear Park, City Park, West Side Park and 4th Street Park. The trees are being planted in parks where irrigation was available.
Launched in 2005, the Apache Tree Grant Program has donated more than 4.5 million trees to nonprofit organizations in 17 states. In January 2016, Apache marked the 10 year anniversary of their popular tree giveaway program by donating their 4 millionth tree. Through the program, trees have been donated to a wide variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, including cities, counties, schools, parks, universities, youth associations, wildlife refuges and community groups.
Keep Levelland Beautiful applied for the Apache Grant in July and the trees were delivered to Levelland last week.