NEEF Supports Tree Planting Event Engaging Hispanic Volunteers
NEEF was on hand in Houston, Texas January 31 as Hispanic families participated in a special volunteer event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Texas Arbor Day. This service project was part of the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) Nuestros Espacios Verdes Día a Día or Our Green Spaces Every Day campaign.
Through Nuestros Espacios Verdes Día a Día NEEF, National Recreation and Park Association, Hispanic Communications Network, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department partnered to provide resources for non profit organizations to promote and host urban forestry events to their local Hispanic communities, which face unique linguistic and cultural obstacles accessing urban forests and green spaces. These events will be held between September 2014 and April 2015 in Los Angeles and Houston, Texas and will actively engage Hispanic and Spanish speaking communities in events promoting the importance of urban forests in the economic, environmental and social health of cities.
On January 31 approximately 30 volunteers joined representatives from Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Student Conservation Association (SCA ConServe Houston), Trees for Houston and Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) in planting 50 native trees at Sunnyside Park. Participants also collected litter from the park and surrounding roadway. Tree plantings are a priority in Houston, as the city and surrounding areas lost more than one million trees due to recent droughts. “The time spent planting trees confirms that Hispanic families have a clear sense of responsibility about the importance of caring for and preserving green spaces, but at times lack the necessary information or tools to do so”, said Victor Córdova, HPARD Assistant Director of Urban Forestry.
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Nuestros Espacios Verdes Día a Día is funded by the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program. For more information about the campaign and free urban forestry events in Houston visit NuestrosEspaciosVerdes.org.