Arborists Needed: Help Replant Native Trees Nov. 16th on the Texas Coast After Hurricane Harvey!

Help Replant Native Trees on the Texas Coast After Hurricane Harvey!

Arborists Needed in Aransas County on November 16th

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast with sustained winds of 130mph. Leaving behind $125 billion in damage and 104 casualties in the US alone, Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Not only was housing and infrastructure badly damaged, so too was the surrounding environment. RETREET will lead volunteers in planting up to 150 large, native trees for families at home sites on Saturday, November 16th. These 15-gallon trees will serve as powerful symbols of hope, reestablishing the environmental identity of Aransas County and providing shade for residents and habitat for birds and other wildlife. Rockport RETREET, the second event held by RETREET in the area, will be a major green infrastructure investment that will leave a legacy for generations to come. To read about last year’s event, Port Aransas RETREET, click HERE.

RETREET needs arborists to join volunteer groups to ensure the trees are being planting the right way. If you would like to volunteer for the event, or would like to read more, click HERE. There are two registration options:

1) RETREETer—join volunteers traveling to Aransas County from across the country in a series of weekend activities (November 15th-17th).

2) PLANTING VOLUNTEER—join only for the planting and afterparty (November 16th).

If you are unable to attend Rockport RETREET but would like to donate to RETREET’s future events along the Texas Coast or in North Texas in the wake of the recent tornadoes, you can do so on their website,, or by clicking HERE.

Any questions or offers of further support can be emailed to RETREET’s executive director, Grady McGahan, at