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Howdy! I've got a great idea for you: a Christmas tree as a gift or memorial. And it will help reforest Houston. These aren't Christmas trees for decorating, but trees donated to Trees for Houston. Below are the details directly from that great nonprofit organization.
"Are you looking for a unique way to remember family, friends, and clients for the holidays? Trees For Houston strives to make the city more healthy and beautiful for both residents and visitors by planting and maintaining trees. Now, you too can help preserve the integrity of the environment for future generations by giving the gift that keeps growing.
"Last year's drought devastated much of our city's canopy, and we are already beginning to replace trees that were lost. With the many social, economic and environmental benefits trees provide, it is important to continue replanting and caring for them.
"For a tax-deductible donation of $310, a 6-8 foot, 15-gallon tree will be planted in a Trees For Houston Tribute Grove. Or, for a $450 donation, an 8-12 foot, 30-gallon tree will be planted. The trees will be maintained for two years to ensure they get off to a great start.
"This holiday season, the trees will be planted in Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, a nearly 280-acre green space just outside Loop 610 off South Post Oak. The area includes amenities such as walking paths and bridges, bike trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. The reserve was devastated by last year's drought, so tribute trees are a great way to replenish what was lost.
"Each tribute recipient receives an acknowledgement card with a handmade plantable ornament as a symbol of your holiday gift. Recipients of a tree will also be given a tree tag number, so they can visit their tree in the tribute grove. All the trees planted by Trees For Houston, including those in the Tribute Grove, are native to our region.
"The trees will improve our regional air quality, reduce the urban heat-island effect associated with ever-increasing urbanization, mitigate the stress of our daily lives, and beautify the neighborhoods surrounding the Tribute Grove."
To purchase a tree, see www.treesforhouston.org. Act by Monday to be sure the recipient receives an acknowledgement card before Christmas Day.