Shell Deer Park recently partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife to take on a special volunteer project to plant ~300 native trees across five acres at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
Sponsored by the site’s HSSE department, the outdoor project drew 50 volunteers to this bucolic prairie where the epic 1836 Battle of San Jacinto took place between the Texan and Mexican armies.
The newly planted trees will not only contribute to habitat improvement but will also help beautify the landscape for the many visitors who travel to the local state park every year. It’s also part of a larger initiative to transform the surrounding land to its 19th century appearance, according to Andy Sipocz, Natural Resources Coordinator with the Park.
The community service project was made possible through collaboration between Shell Deer Park, Apache Corporation, and several site contractors who provided valuable services and equipment to facilitate the volunteer work.
Volunteers planted live oak, cedar elm and loblolly pine saplings donated by Apache Corporation. Turner Industries provided an auger to dig the holes and staged the trees and United Rentals supplied hand washing stations and amenities to enhance the safety of the experience.