Earlier this month, four members of the RVi Houston office took time out of their Saturday morning to slosh through the mud and water in an effort to plant trees in Houston’s Memorial Park. Equipped with a shovel, boots, and planting knowledge, Chris Patterson, Jamie Hendrixson, Robert Whittemore, and Michael Minero joined the hundreds of volunteers who turned out to plant over 1,500 trees and shrubs in Houston’s largest municipal park. The volunteer event was attended by local politicians including Houston’s newly-elected Mayor, Sylvester Turner.  This tree planting effort is part of the first phase of the new Memorial Park Master Plan, which was adopted by the City of Houston in April 2015 as an initiative to restore, consolidate, tend, reconnect and enhance over 1,500 acres of Houston’s Memorial Park.

The tree planting event was hosted by two local non-profit organizations: The Memorial Park Conservancy and Trees for Houston. The Memorial Park Conservancy is an organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and preserve Memorial Park for all Houstonians today and tomorrow. Trees for Houston is focused on planting, protecting, and promoting trees throughout the greater Houston area.

With the help of soft soil, energizing music, and the occasional doughnut, the planting was complete in just over 4 hours. Volunteers walked away with mud caked clothing and the knowledge that their work would be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.