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Urban Forestry

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Urban forestry includes public care, maintenance, and growth of trees, greenbelts, shrubs, ground cover, flowers, perennials and wildflowers. A variety of educational initiatives are also part of the urban forestry efforts.

The Edible Fruit Trail

The Edible Fruit Trail is located just north of the Stella Roberts Recycle Center. It is fixed along Pearland’s Connectivity Trail and offers a variety of fresh fruit throughout the year. The trail, originally one Eagle Scout’s project, has now had many contributions from several different organizations. See the harvest schedule to know what fruits are along this unique trail and when they would be ready for visitors to enjoy.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Keep Pearland Beautiful celebrates Arbor Day each year by giving away seedlings to the citizens of Pearland and, in 2013, Arbor Day was celebrated on January 12 at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center. An official Arbor Day tree will be dedicated and tree varieties will include Bald Cypress, Pecan, Nuttall Oak, Mexican Plum and Wild Pear. For more information on Arbor Day or to reserve a tree to plant that day, contact Sherwin Sun at 281-652-1659.

Tree City USA

In 2010, the City of Pearland was awarded the Tree City USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The honor is the City's first and Pearland is one of only 70 communities in Texas to hold the distinction. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Those standards include the designation of a Tree Board, establishment of a community tree ordinance, implementation of a community forestry program with a designated operating budget and an annual observance of Arbor Day along with an Arbor Day proclamation by the City Council.

The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home. There are 3,400 communities that are currently a Tree City USA.

Legacy Trees

The Legacy Tree program aims to memorialize Pearland citizens by planting trees in their honor. These plantings take place in public parklands under the control of Pearland Parks & Recreation Department. For information regarding program criteria or procedures, please click here. Applications for the purchase and planting of Legacy Trees are available in the Parks & Recreation main office and should be submitted to the following:

Pearland Parks & Recreation Department c/o Parks Superintendent 4141 Bailey Road Pearland, Texas 77584.

Ask the Experts

If you have questions regarding your trees, shrubs or flowers, please contact Urban Forester Jerry Bradshaw at jbradshaw@pearlandtx.gov. The Urban Forester is unable to make house calls, but if you would like to send digital photos of your tree questions or concerns, please do so to the email address above. We are also happy to provide the public with pertinent information or provide a program or informational workshop.

FYI: According to Chapter 4 of the Unified Development Code (UDC), a goal of the City is to encourage proper site planning in order to further the preservation of trees and natural areas through the following methods:

  • The protection of trees during construction
  • The facilitation of site design and construction which contributes to the long term viability of existing trees
  • The control of unnecessary removal of trees
  • Requiring on-site replacement of trees that must be removed and require off-site replacement of trees that cannot be replaced on-site, either by direct planting or through a "Tree Trust."

The City’s commitment to these policies will help result in the protection of healthy trees, the preservation of the natural, ecological, environmental, and aesthetic qualities of the City, an increase of the value of residential and commercial properties within the City, and help maintain and enhance a positive image for the attraction of new business enterprises to the City.

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