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Missouri City Parks projects receive “Outstanding” recognitions

Several Parks and Recreation projects in Missouri City are being recognized as outstanding parks and natural area projects by the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments.

The Wetland Reforestation Project received an honorable mention in the “on-the-ground” projects category (under $500,000) of the H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Award Program. The City’s Parks & Recreation Department, spearheaded by the City Forester & local volunteer organizations, have completed reforestation projects in three major City parks. The reforestation and wildlife habitat projects included planting 875 trees at Buffalo Run Park, Independence Park and Sta-Mo Park. The projects have also resulted in several Boy Scouts completing their Eagle Scout awards and several civic organizations completing community service projects. This award-winning project was completed with the help of numerous donations and 140 volunteers who worked a total of 450 hours. The total direct cost of these projects was $3,000, and most of the trees and materials were donated by local corporations.

In addition, the Memorial Tree Program and the Junior Arborist Program received certificates of recognition in the planning and policy tools categories, respectively. The Memorial Tree Program allows residents to recognize a loved one, or honor a group or individual, with a tree planted in one of the City’s parks in their honor. The cost is $100, and participants also receive a customized page on the City’s website, displaying pictures and a written dedication of the person or group the tree honors. The Junior Arborist Program has been reaching out to students of Southminster Elementary School for three years. Fourth and fifth graders learn about the benefits and enjoyment of nature and giving back to their communities by planting trees on campus, watching climbing and arborist demonstrations, and becoming Junior Tree Detectives around their campus on Earth Week.

The Parks and Recreation Department was officially recognized during a ceremony held on Jan. 18 at H-GAC’s offices in Houston.

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