Guest article written by our partner organization, Trees for Houston.
Trees For Houston plants, protects and promotes trees throughout the Houston region. Established in 1983, Trees For Houston’s efforts initially centered on planting street trees in the heart of Houston, Texas. As the city grew, so did the need for strategic, large scale tree planting to counteract the often unfortunate impact of expansion on the region’s tree canopy. Now entering our fourth decade of planting, with a half million trees planted, our organization has evolved into one that grows, plants, and maintains tens of thousands of trees across the greater Houston region area annually. We plant trees at schools, in parks, along streets and trails, and in esplanades – wherever they may benefit the public.
During the 2013-2014 planting season, we planted over 21,000 trees for drought remediation, in parks and green spaces, on streets, and in neighborhoods all across the greater Houston area. The planting of these trees was achieved by strategic partnerships with numerous groups, including local municipalities, non-profit organizations, civic associations and grass roots organizations. We also operate six regional tree nurseries where we currently have over 23,000 native trees growing. This allows us to further lower tree and transportation costs, gives us the ability to grow out more trees rather than having to purchase them on a per project basis, and ultimately helps us get more trees in the ground in areas where neighborhoods can’t afford trees.
Trees For Houston plants nearly half of our trees each year with the help of our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Last year alone, their 3,232 volunteer hours saved our organization more than $80,800 in planting costs. An equally important objective of our organization is to provide educational opportunities for our current members, prospective members, and volunteers of all ages to acquire knowledge of the far reaching impact that tree planting can have on the environment for generations to come. Last year we conducted education presentations to nearly 3,000 area school children, as well as presented information on tree planting, protection and care to more than 9,000 people at outreach events, including civic association, garden club and professional organization meetings.
For more information about Trees For Houston, including volunteering or scheduling an education presentation please visit www.treesforhouston.org, or call 713.840.8733.