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HOUSTON -- More than 400 Chevron employees and their families recently joined with partners, Trees for Houston and the Texas Forest Service, for the "Let's Grow" tree-potting event, the oil company announced on its Facebook page.
At the tree farm on the grounds of Chevron's East Texas Production Field in Humble, volunteers potted seedlings in containers that will eventually be planted on public grounds around Houston.
Trees for Houston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees. To date, more than 175,000 trees from the Chevron tree farm have been planted.
The company garnered both positive and, surprisingly, some negative comments on its Facebook post.
On the positive side, one Facebook fan wrote, "I, for one, am very happy that Chevron employees love the company they work for enough to volunteer to plant trees (or clean up community gardens, do repairs to low-income preschools or the dozens of other charity works Chevron work teams do). I think it reflects the company they work for. I am happy to be a part of the Chevron family."
Other users, however, took the opportunity to complain about rising gas prices. One Facebook member wrote, "The tree planting thing is all fine and dandy, but in case you haven't noticed, gasoline just topped $5,000 a gallon. Yup, $5,000. If you could stop planting trees long enough to plant a da** pipe in the ground and suck up some oil for us, we would greatly appreciate it."