State Farm, in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation and Million Trees Miami, is distributing 1,000 free trees and plants in Miami-Dade County as part of State Farm 2021 nationwide $1 million dollar urban planting and tree distribution campaign.
Date and Time: Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 12 noon
Location: Amelia Earhart Park at 401 East 65 Street in Hialeah
In Miami-Dade County, State Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up with Million Trees Miami, housed in the county’s parks department, to help distribute trees in response to Hurricane Irma in 2017 and subsequent storms. Prior to the storms, Miami-Dade County had an existing urban tree canopy of 19.9%, and 5 years later it remains the same despite continuous reforestation efforts. The three cities surrounding the distribution site, Amelia Earhart Park, have one of the lowest canopy percentages in the entire county, and are in desperate need of trees.
This project is one of 16, in cities across the country and the only one in Florida, which focuses on areas that have been significantly damaged by natural disasters in recent years’ such as major storms, wildfires, and urban heat. State Farm is engaging agents and local volunteers across the country to plant and distribute trees in an effort to help rebuild these communities and inspire hope for those who have been impacted the most.
“Trees play a vital role in the stability of our communities and their resilience against disaster,” said State Farm Vice President of Administrative Services Jenny Greminger, who oversees the company’s environmental sustainability team. “Replanting, in a strategic way, will help impacted areas recover and potentially better withstand future challenges.”
These autumn plantings and distributions follow several reforestation projects that were carried out by State Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation in Spring 2021. Through this collaboration, over 235,000 trees were planted in several forests across the country that have experienced a severe loss in canopy due to wildfires and hurricane damage. With the severity and rate of natural disasters on the rise, projects like these are becoming increasingly important in protecting both our planet’s ecosystems and the communities we all live.
“We love neighborhood tree giveaways because it gives us an opportunity to engage with residents about the value of trees as we confront climate change.” stated County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Chair of Neat Streets Miami. “Increasing the urban tree canopy makes communities more beautiful, but it also protects properties from flood damage and high winds, and most importantly for residents of Miami-Dade, provides shade and reduces excessive heat.” added Commissioner Higgins. The benefits from planting trees provides endless value that community members can enjoy today and pass along to future generations.
About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami:
Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional County board dedicated to creating beautiful, clean, and environmentally equitable spaces countywide. We aim to promote ecological and human healthy by growing Miami-Dade County’s urban tree canopy; increasing beautification and maintenance; and engaging residents in our efforts.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 49 years, more than 400 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty, and hunger.
As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees.
About Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of over 275 parks and more than 40,000 acres of parks and natural areas, comprised of active and passive parklands. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on place making, health and fitness, and conservation and stewardship.
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About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,200 agents and 57,500 employees serve approximately 85 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.