Replanting Houston Will Take Patience. And Money.

The drought of 2011 left a scorched Texas in its wake. You can’t drive away from Houston for very long before encountering acres of blackened forests with green grass finally pushing up through ash. It’s a sad sight to see and reminds us of those images captured by the media and bystanders of clouds of smoke blocking out the sun and homes going up in flames. Houstonians can safely say we got lucky.

But Houston still suffered from the relentless drought in a way many did not expect. What Houston lacks in altitude it makes up for in trees. Last summer’s dry spell damaged thousands of Houston’s trees beyond repair and most of them coudn’t be saved. Last fall, Houston launched an initiative to clear away the dead and dying trees, an endeavor that closed portions of our beloved parks for weeks on end and changed the look of our city for the foreseeable future.

Now it’s time to replant. And city officials warn Houstonians that this will be a lengthy and expensive process. Private donations and volunteer hours will be essential to this project’s success and many Houston area organizations are already stepping up to the plate.

I love living in a city that rallies together to when the need arises. And iconic outdoor spaces like Memorial Park will eventually be restored to their former glory.

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