Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tree Canopy

Houston will lose millions of trees this year because of the vile drought that goes on and on and on. No rain in sight. Tall brown leafed trees are everywhere, in our parks, lining out streets. Who knew that trees died like this? So quickly. In a year's time without water. We so take water for granted, falling rains for granted. We, who live in Houston, a city that is not known for its desert qualities.
Here's a paragraph from Houston Tomorrow:

The earlier calculation of 66 million dead trees in the next two years (approximately 10 percent of the estimated 660 million trees in the Houston area) is now considered by some foresters to be a gross underestimation, according to a story in CultureMap reporting on Houston Tomorrow’sLivable Houston meeting with Barry Ward, the executive director of Trees for Houston.
But Ward shrugged, “It’s all speculative until they stop dying.”
I am watering my trees constantly and I am watering those across my property lines too. The magnolia and cypress in the ravine, the tall pine on the other side of the old brick wall, the magnolia in Carol's yard. The ground is as hard as concrete. I hear that La Nina is holding us in this unprecedented weather pattern.
Houston has a tree canopy, millions of live oaks and water oaks line our boulevards and thoroughfares. Looking out from a tall building, the city looks green. What happens to Houston when there are fewer trees to shade, to clean the air?  It'll be a different city. I can't quite imagine it.

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