Houston Heights Requests an Historic Tree Protection Ordinance
  • Petitioned Annise Parker

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor of Houston
Annise Parker
Houston City Council, District H
Ed Gonzalez
District A
Helena Brown
District B
Jerry Davis
District C
Ellen Cohen
District D
Wanda Adams
District F
Al Hoang
District E
Dave Martin
District G
Oliver Pennington
District I
James Rodriguez

Houston Heights Requests an Historic Tree Protection Ordinance

    1. ML Wilt
    2. Petition by

      ML Wilt

      Houston, TX

Today, a 106 year old American Sycamore tree at 2228 Oxford St., Houston, TX 77008, listed on the Harris County Tree Registry, was cut down to make room for development. Appeals to the developer to be a community hero and save the thriving tree fell on deaf ears.

The Harris County Tree Registry provides recognition of historically significant trees in the county. Unfortunately, it does not, YET, provide any legal framework to protect the large, historic, heritage trees.  Many nonprofit organizations have attempted to seek protection for these trees.  

The residents of the Greater Heights want to petition Houston City Council to create an ordinance to protect and preserve these community treasures.

We need to come together as residents, community leaders, arborists, developers, builders, architects, preservationists, and community activists to collaborate on finding an amicable solution for sustainable development, respecting property rights, and also preserving historically, culturally important trees in our community.

The City of West University Place, Houston, TX has been successful in adopting an Historic Tree protection ordinance.  An example of its work can be found here:  http://www.westutx.gov/index.aspx?page=116

Please sign this petition to encourage our civic leaders to draft and pass an Historic Tree Protection Ordinance.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alexander Martinez HOUSTON, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Preserving my community.

    • Mark Sternfels HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      The canopy of our neighborhood is just as important to the character of our community as the porches and eaves.

    • Louisa Bergeron WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Developers have gotten permission from the city to remove beautiful healthy old trees because home prices are determined by square feet, very sad. Then the city claims they need another park for green space as they continue to participate in the elimination of front and backyards.

    • Mark Wilson LINCOLN, NE
      • over 1 year ago

      I heard about the destruction of Houston's renowned urban tree canopy during the drought. It is shameful to compound those losses by felling historic trees for development.

    • Kristie Husmann BELLAIRE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Trees help purify our dirty air, help control our high heat, give beauty and increase land value. Look at the original Beck's Prime for inspiration!


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