RE-Plant Houston is a multi-year reforestation campaign coordinated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department dedicated to reforesting Houston parks and greenspaces managed by the department. The department will work in conjunction with non-profits, businesses, individuals and groups to find private funding and volunteers interested in providing the means to purchase trees and the workforce needed to rebuild Houston’s urban Forest.
If you would like to help please visit the following non-profit groups to see how you can be a part of RE-Planting Houston’s Urban Forest:
- Trees for Houston - www.treesforhouston.org
- The Hermann Park Conservancy - www.memorialparkconservancy.org
- The Memorial Park Conservancy - www.hermannpark.org
- The Houston Parks Board - www.houstonparksboard.org
Effect of 2011 Drought on Urban Forest
To date approximately 19,000 trees that died due to the 2011 drought have been removed from City of Houston parks and greenspace through a Solid Waste Contract for removal of hazardous trees. The debris from these trees was recycled into one of 3 different components
- Pulp wood
- Paper mill chips
RE-Plant Houston Projects
January 21, 2012 – 25,000 trees planted in 4 parks affected by 2011 drought. Those parks included: Memorial Park, Hermann Park, Mason Park, MacGregor Park. The trees were donated by the Apache Foundation, Trees for Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy, the Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston Parks Board, and DRC Emergency Service. Approximately 1,993 volunteers from across Houston volunteered their Saturday morning to plant the trees.
March 10, 2012 - Bayou City Classic Run for the Trees 5K & 10K Fun Run, benefits the Houston Area Road Runner’s Association’s Houston Parks Improvement Fund to help maintain and develop trails for running and walking in our city’s parks.
March 18, 2012 – The Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation raises funds for the reforestation of Houston’s parks through the Houston Parks Board