Energy & Environment

City of Houston named Tree City USA for 38th consecutive year

Since 2021, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, with partners’ assistance, has planted over 22,000 trees on public property. 

Partner organizations, like Trees for Houston, are a big part of the city's goal to plant 4.6 million trees by 2030.
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FILE: Partner organizations, like Trees for Houston, are a big part of the city’s goal to plant 4.6 million trees by 2030.

The City of Houston and its partners will plant and mulch 1,000 native trees on Saturday, January 27 at Wilson Memorial Park from 8:30 to noon. The city is celebrating its 38th annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration.

This will also mark the 38th consecutive year that Houston has received the designation of Tree City USA for the city's commitment to the stewardship of its urban forest, granted by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The partners which include, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), the Apache Corporation, Accenture, the Texas A&M Forest Service. The planting will begin following the 9 a.m. ceremony with trees that were donated by Apache Corporation.

Kenneth Allen, Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department said this annual event has “greatly increased Houston's tree canopy over the years."

"The impact of this annual event cannot be understated because of the many health and aesthetic benefits trees provide to our great city,” Allen said in a press release. “And it would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners from Apache Corporation, Accenture, and the Texas A&M Forest Service."

Since 2021, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, with partners' assistance, has planted over 22,000 trees on public property.

“We are honored to support the enhancement and preservation of community greenspaces throughout the city we call home,” said Apache Corporation Chief Executive Officer John J. Christmann IV in a press release. "Since 2005 Apache has donated more than 450,000 trees to the Greater Houston area through the Apache Tree Grant Program."

Mary Beth Gracy, Accenture's Houston Office Managing Director, said in a statement trees provide so many benefits to communities.

“We know the trees we help plant at Wilson Memorial Park will provide shade, conserve water, and promote community for many generations to come," she said.

Volunteers for the Annual Arbor Day must sign up prior to the event in order to participate. For more information about the HPARD, visit www.houstonparks.org.