The prestigious award is given to a professional 35 years old or younger from the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico who demonstrates the qualities and skills needed to attain positions of leadership in their field through participation in professional organizations, such as NRPA, their contributions to advancing the field, and their creativity in creating or managing programs.
Several programs initiated by the Missouri City Parks & Recreation Department have been recognized by the Houston-Galveston Area Council as part of the 2011 Parks and Natural Areas Award competition. According to H-GAC, the projects that received awards in four categories serve as models for parks and natural areas in the entire region.
The City’s Three for Trees project was the winner in the “Policy Tools” category. This program helps replenish trees in the City’s parks and on the golf course with proceeds from a discount on three rounds of golf at Quail Valley Golf Course.
In the category of “On-the-Ground Projects,” the City’s Edible Arbor Trail received an Honorable Mention. The trail is the first of its kind in the region and features groves of trees and shrubs that produce edible fruits and nuts.
And, the Community Roots Project, which involves stakeholders in the process of planning and implementing a large tree planting in designated City parks, received a Special Recognition in the “Planning” Category.