The Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program will offer a free Forest Production and Management Program on March 23 in Rosenberg. This is a joint workshop with Trees for Houston and Cooperative Extension Program, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University. 

The event will be from 9-11 a.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Fort Bend County at 1402 Band Road.

The program is free, but participants must register at The first 50 participants who register will receive a free tree to take home from the program.

Contact Abdul Hakeem, Ph.D., Prairie View A&M agriculture and natural resources agent who works in the AgriLife Extension office in Fort Bend County, for additional information or with questions at 281-342-3034 or email [email protected].

Importance of trees for people, the planet

Hakeem said Houston ranks eighth in air pollution in the nation. In 1920, the Houston population was just 137,276; the current population is 2.288 million. Texas has 8.08 million registered cars and trucks, whereas in 1920 the entire country had fewer registered vehicles.

“Risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancers of the mouth and throat significantly increases as air pollution levels increases,” said Hakeem. “Due to ozone layer depletion, many health challenges are on the rise. Planting more trees can be helpful to reduce adverse effects of air pollution.”

In addition to helping reduce air pollution, trees can help reduce erosion caused by unpredictable weather events due to climate change and provide habitat for wildlife.

Small evergreen trees in green bags ready to be taken home and planted.
The first 50 participants to register will receive a tree to take home and plant. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Michael Miller)

Forest production and management topics

The program will cover the following topics:

  • How to Plant a Tree.
  • Benefits of Urban Forestry.
  • Sustainable Forestry.
  • PVAMU Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Program.
  • Tree Planting Demonstration.




Susan Himes
Susan Himes is a writer and media relations specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife. She writes news releases and features from science-based information generated by the agency. She also covers human interest stories and events across the state.
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