Over the past year, Houstonians have dejectedly watched our signature trees darken and die.
Arbor Day is just days away, and the time has come to start replenishing the canopy and contributing to that improvement in a physical — or fiscal — capacity.
Houston Parks and Recreation Department director Joe Turner has called for the public's assistance in replanting the "more than 7,000 trees [that] have been removed from our parkland and greenspaces."
Sign up now to get your hands dirty on Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, in your park of choice:
- Hermann Park: Register online with the Hermann Park Conservancy
- MacGregor Park: Email Jessica with Trees for Houston
- Mason Park or Memorial Park: Email Oneika McCarthy
Those dedicated to a long-term sponsorship can take responsibility for a park or greenspace and head up a two-year watering commitment for any new trees planted in that space; if interested, contact Oneika McCarthy.
If you prefer to contribute monetarily, the Memorial Park Conservancy has initiated a tree donation program as part of the park's massive reforestation effort. The forested municipal park spans 1,466 acres and lost thousands of trees to drought.
Individuals can contribute just $75 for a loblolly pine, $100 for a bald cypress, $150 for a Southern magnolia, $200 for a sycamore or $250 for a post oak. Those trees will be planted in accordance with soil composition and the forest's needs, and donors can keep track of the tree's location in a web-based tree roster. See the brochure for more information.