Trees For Houston plants trees along Houston thoroughfares, freeways, and schools to make the Houston metropolitan area a better place to live, work, and raise families. With the help of our partners and volunteers in the last season, Trees For Houston planted over 35,000 trees – from Meyer Park in the northwest – to Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in the southwest – from the Broadway esplanades in the East End – to the Energy Corridor on the west side of town– to Memorial and MacGregor Parks in the middle of the city.
In recent years, Trees For Houston has increased its efficiency by purchasing trees in bulk, rather than on a per project basis. This shift has created a need for tree nurseries.
We currently have over 23,000 containerized trees of various species and sizes growing out at our four regional tree farms. Developing these farms has greatly reduced our tree and transportation costs. As we continue to grow, the efforts of our volunteers allow us to save contractor dollars and to purchase, grow, and maintain more trees. We are continuing to expand the number of trees cared for in our nurseries in order to sustain our program of free or low-cost trees with a large quantity of available trees.
Our first tree farm opened in La Porte in 2011, and we currently manage over 1,200 native trees at this farm. Our Chevron tree farm in Humble holds over 12,000 trees. Each spring, Chevron employees pot over 5,000 trees to grow out at the center. This year, we marked the one year anniversary of our CenterPoint tree farm in Bellaire with a potting event. Currently, there are over 2,500 trees growing at this farm. This spring we also celebrated the opening of our Victoria Drive tree farm thanks to the generosity of Marathon Oil. Future plans for the farm include a horticultural and education center.
Trees For Schools
Our Trees for Schools program fosters an understanding and passion for our environment and a sense of pride and cooperation in the students and in the surrounding community. Through this program, we planted 877 trees at 37 schools including 23 volunteer plantings. Highlights include planting 84 eight-foot trees at Wilson Montessori Elementary School with community volunteers, 33 eight-foot trees at Kuehnle Elementary School with the Boy Scouts of America, 30 eight-foot trees at Palmer Elementary School with Fluor Corporation, and 13 eight-foot trees at Ketelson Elementary School with Bank of America. We thank our strong financial and volunteer support of community foundations and corporations, enabling us to meet the growing need for our services.
The Trees For Houston Tribute Program allows donors to commemorate a special person, honor a friend or family member, or make a memorial gift. This program is a way to enhance the environment while paying tribute to someone. In 2012-2013, Trees For Houston planted and maintained 125 trees in our tribute groves in Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve.
On February 2, 2013, community volunteers planted 310 trees throughout Wilke Park in the City of Jacinto City. The mixed native trees planted helped replace trees that were lost during the 2011 drought. Other reforestation projects included 215 trees in Sheldon Lake State Park and 87 trees at Robinson Elementary.