Keep Miami Beautiful helped make Miami a little more resilient, thanks to a 2017 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant.

On Nov. 18, the City of Miami Parks & Recreation Natural Areas Division in collaboration with its Office of Resilience & Sustainability and through a community partnership with Gang Alternative, created a community-centered tree cultivation project.

The volunteers, including volunteers from UPS, planted 10 beautiful trees at Miami’s Athalie Range Park to replace trees damaged by Hurricane Irma. The initiative included mounting educational signage about the tree species Gumbo Limbo and Pigeon Plum, which are native to South Florida, as well as the Crape Myrtle, which is a Florida-friendly species. The trees replaced those damaged by Hurricane Irma.

“The planting was a success the tree planting was a great opportunity to engage the volunteers to help to replace trees that had fallen during Hurricane Irma,” said Gloria Alejandra Antia, a park naturalist with the City of Miami’s Recreation Division/Natural Areas.