HARC, in partnership with a collaborative of organizations, was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service for an initiative that will increase tree canopy, foster community resilience, and improve access to employment in underserved communities in Houston and Harris County.
The initiative, “ForUsTree: Creating an Inclusive Community Canopy within Houston and Harris County,” will use equitable and inclusive engagement and a community-based approach to implement multiple tree plantings, reforestation projects, and educational activities in the region’s most vulnerable areas. The partnership for the initiative includes ten Harris County and City of Houston governmental agencies, five nonprofit partners, and an educational organization.
To learn more about the ForUsTree project, click here.
HARC’s most recent Green Paper offers specific examples of how communities can fund recovery along with considerations that should be given to communities and the natural environment.
Funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation, HARC's report, "A Case for Cool Trees: Advancing Houston’s Tree Equity," provides guidance on how to plan and conduct urban tree plantings equitably to reduce climate and health risks, and makes the evidence-based case for increasing tree canopy and improving tree equity in cities, especially for urban heat mitigation.