Nearly two dozen volunteers from ConocoPhillips recently put on gloves and grabbed shovels to plant 64 Live Oaks along the parkway fronting North Dairy Ashford.
Trees for Houston supplied the venerable trees that will provide shade and beauty along the parkway, while Robert Rayburn, Landscape Architect for The Energy Corridor District, developed the site plan. The ConocoPhillips team dug the holes, planted the trees and added soil.
ConocoPhillips not only supplied the sweat equity and hard-working volunteers, the Energy Corridor company is supporting the necessary tree watering with a $10,000 donation to Trees for Houston.
Now six- to eight-feet tall, the Live Oaks can grow into stately evergreen trees, with sprawling branches and wide canopies that are appreciated in the Texas sun. The 64 trees were planted along a strip of parkway in the public right of way along North Dairy Ashford and the Interstate 10 frontage road.
The benefits of planting trees go well beyond aesthetics, explains Jessica Keener, Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator with Trees for Houston.
“ConocoPhillips’ support for the parkway planting project will guarantee a vital environmental improvement to the area,” says Keener. “The trees we planted will provide an important aesthetic enhancement, add desperately needed shade and its corresponding cooling component, and provide the means to begin removing pollution from our air.
“Trees play a vital role in urban landscapes, and Trees For Houston thanks ConocoPhillips for helping to increase the size and scope of Houston’s urban forest canopy.”
The non-profit Trees for Houston has planted more than 430,000 trees throughout Houston during the past 30 years.