Feb. 15, 2012 – More than 120 people braved the cold and rolled up their sleeves Saturday to help replace trees at the University of Houston Law Center that did not survive 2011’s drought. Most of the volunteers attending the event were Law Center supporters, alumni and their families. The UH Law Alumni Association worked with non-profit, volunteer organization Trees for Houston to make the event possible.
“The Law Alumni Association wanted to do this to help improve Houston’s green canopy and to begin replacing the impacts of this devastating drought,” said Hope Young, director of Alumni Relations at the Law Center.
According to state climatologists, Texas is coming out of the most severe single year of drought in its history. Barry Ward, executive director of Trees for Houston, estimates the potential loss of trees at approximately 66 million in the Houston area within the next two years.
“The purpose is to plant 34 trees around the Law Center,” said Jessica Keener, marketing and volunteer director of Trees for Houston. Title sponsors included CH2M Hill, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, Lighthouse Document Solutions, and Union Pacific. Weatherford also contributed to the event.
“You’ve got this major corridor that is visible. You want to be able to add to it. Surrounding the school with trees will help the law school as a whole,” UH Law Alumni Association President Bill Jackson said. “I want to thank all the volunteers who showed up and put in a hard day’s work. We are so thrilled at the tremendous support we have received from the community.”
Several organizers plan to return within the week, weather permitting, with heavy equipment to complete the project.