Annual tree-planting day in Woodlands in need of volunteers
The Woodlands is known for its lush forest buffers and plethora of trees. In effort to continue the greening of the township, local groups are seeking volunteers for an annual tree-planting day on Feb. 9.
According to a press release sent by township officials, the fifth iteration of the Community Tree Planting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 9, at the Spindle Tree Ponds Park, located inside the Village of Sterling Ridge.
John Geiger, manager of environmental services for The Woodlands, said the reforestation event is associated with the annual Arbor Day event hosted by The Woodlands Development Co., and is part of an overall effort to reforest the township, get beneficial plants into the ground and attract pollinators.
“The township has been getting seedlings from the (Woodlands) Development Co. after its Arbor Day event. We secure the remaining seedlings and plant a few weeks later,” Geiger said. “We thought it would be a great way to involve the community in reforestation.”
The event will be focused on the planting of “thousands of native trees, wildflowers and milkweed plants,” the release stated, with flora varying in size from seedlings to shrubs and small trees in 30-gallon pots. The event is a collaboration between The Woodlands Township, Centerpoint Energy, Trees for Houston and The Howard Hughes Corp.
“We have large potted trees in 30- and 15-gallon pots — which we will be pre-digging holes for — and we also plant milkweed and spread wildflower seeds as a part of our Pollinator Support Program.”
Anyone interested in volunteering is required to pre-register for the event online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment — or onsite on the day of the event. There is no age restriction, but volunteers should be prepared for some physical labor as well as outdoor conditions.
The location of this year’s planting, Geiger said, will help with both attracting pollinators and reforestation efforts, but also create a beautiful natural collage of colorful flowers and plants.
“(Spindle Tree Ponds Park) Is a really long park, we are going to be at the south end of the park by Spring Time Creek,” Geiger added. “It is going to be a great community event.”