Ask Robert Rayburn, landscape architect for The Energy Corridor District, about trees and you’ll get a lengthy discourse on species, watering techniques and why Houston can’t get enough of them.
Or you just might end up on a detailed tour of The Energy Corridor District (ECD), where crews have planted thousands of oaks, pines, cypress and other species along major thoroughfares throughout the years – including 900 seedlings last February alone.
Rayburn’s and The District’s efforts to beautify The Energy Corridor have sprouted a 2014 Arbor Award from Trees for Houston.
This May, Trees for Houston honored The ECD for its ongoing work to beautify streetscapes and I-10. The Arbor Awards, according to Trees for Houston, pay tribute to individuals, corporations and organizations making “exceptional contributions” that have made Houston a greener city.
“Each year we honor Houstonians who have demonstrated their commitment to planting, protecting, and promoting trees,” according to Trees for Houston.
The District joined a select group of Arbor Award recipients committed to enhancing Houston’s greenscape, including City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, representing the City’s urban forestry programs.
For Rayburn, receiving the award on behalf of The District was a brief respite from a mission that never ends.
“We’re honored to be recognized for beautification,” says Rayburn. “But being a part of a District that is adding value to Houston by expanding its afforestation program each year and with healthy and vigorous trees is reward enough.”