Volunteers turn out to plant 870 trees in Memorial Park
Scores of volunteers turned out to help make Memorial Park a little greener this week, planting more than 870 trees to help celebrate Arbor Day.
Local nonprofit Trees For Houston, in conjunction with Memorial Park Conservancy and Houston Parks and Recreation Department, hosted its 4th annual Arbor Day community planting event.
Volunteers planted the native trees along Memorial Park’s northeaster border to help with the park’s ongoing ecological restoration efforts.
According to a news release, “Arbor Day celebrates the role trees have in our everyday lives, promotes tree planting and educates the community on the care of trees. Trees are not only aesthetically beautiful but they also provide many benefits to community” including:
Enhancing the city and its economy: Trees provide homes for animals, increase the relocation value of the city and increase property values up to 20 percent.
Reducing air pollution: Trees reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and particulates (tiny particles floating in our air as a result of combustion) that trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses in urban areas.
Reducing urban heat and home cooling bills: Temperatures can vary significantly within a city. “Typically, urban forests reduce temperatures in a city as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by shading buildings and concrete and returning humidity to the air through transpiration. Trees provide shade and help reduce cooling costs for home owners.”
Reducing water pollution and storm water runoff: Through their roots, trees absorb and clean excess rainwater. The roots of trees help hold the soil in place therefore preventing erosion.
For more information about Memorial Park Conservancy, go to www.memorialparkconservancy.org.