Fort Bend County received 10,256 Live Oak Trees from the Apache Tree Foundation in 2009. This was a cooperative effort between Fort Bend County, Fort Bend Green and the Apache Tree Foundation. The trees were placed at Bates Allen Park and used for beautification efforts throughout Fort Bend County. As part of the donation, the City of Rosenberg, Needville ISD and the Needville Harvest Park also received trees.

Fort Bend Green became aware of the unique opportunity provided by Apache Foundation last year when the foundation, the philanthropic unit of Houston-based Apache Corporation, launched the Tree Program with the goal of planting 1 million trees in and around communities where the company operates.

County Judge Bob Hebert said, “This cooperative effort between Fort Bend Green, the county and Apache Corporation is an example of how the private sector and the public sector can work together to improve our environment and enhance our quality of life.”

Board President John Van DeWiele stated, “We appreciate the generosity of Apache Corporation and acknowledge the significant benefit to the citizens of Fort Bend County for the donation of these trees. Apache has contributed to the goals of Fort Bend Green and our communities by this effort. We thank them for this support of our green space beautification program.”

Apache Foundation purchases and donates native seedlings or young trees for beautification projects coordinated by counties, municipalities, schools, churches, parks or other non-profits. The organizations receiving the trees are responsible for planting and caring for the young trees after Apache has delivered them.

“Every day, Apache and our employees try to make our hometowns better places to live, work and raise families,” said Obie O’Brien, Apache’s Director of Government Relations and Corporate Outreach. “We operate in a number of communities around the world, and a great many of our employees live in Fort Bend County. This is just one part of our efforts to leave the world a little better than we found it.”

Apache Corporation is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea, Egypt, Australia and Argentina.