The Drought Is Absolutely Killing Memorial Park's Trees

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These trees are thirsty.
The never-ending drought hitting Houston and the rest of Texas is having a devastating effect on one of the city's favorite things: the trees in Memorial Park.

Barry Ward, executive director of Trees for Houston, took a tour yesterday to assess the damage and was dismayed at what he saw.

"In parts of the north side of the park, for instance, you can see I-10 through the forest band," he tells Hair Balls. "A month ago you couldn't."

Red Oaks seem to be faring worse. "We're going to see the loss of thousands of trees, many of them significant," he says.

The extent of the damage might not become apparent for a while. Dried-out root systems will leave trees extremely vulnerable to high winds (think tropical storms) or beetle infestations.

Of course, it's not just limited to Memorial Park. "Houston will look very different in five years, in terms of the tree canopy," Ward says.

The city has already begun to remove some Memorial Park trees that have suffered from beetle infestations, some of which might look healthy on the outside but are dead or doomed.

There's not much the city can do about it -- "You can't water Houston," Ward says -- and Rick Perry's plan to end the drought by praying to someone called "God" appears to have failed.

What Trees for Houston and other groups are doing is picking out particularly significant trees and concentrating on saving them by watering.

"You can do that in your neighborhood," he adds, by giving a favorite tree a bucket of water every week or so.

Or you can keep praying to that God. And when Memorial Park looks denuded compared to now in years to come, you'll know who to blame.

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It is quite obvious that God does not answer prayers. It has been said before, but let's repeat it here: God never answers the prayers of amputees. If he did, we would see amputated limbs spontaneously regenerating every day. God never moves mountains -- if he did, we would see mountains moving around all the time. God never answers impossible prayers -- if he did, people would be flying through the air like superman on a regular basis. God never answers prayers that turn people into puppets -- if he did, then you are a puppet. God never answers prayers that break the laws of nature -- if he did, scientific equations and computer models would have to take God's random antics into account. God never answers prayers that break the laws of probability -- if he did, then every prayerful believer would be rich and Las Vegas could not exist. When two people pray opposite one another, obviously someone's prayer will go unanswered. If a million people pray for the same thing (e.g. - winning the lottery) but only one can have it, then by definition 999,999 people will be left in the cold. God doesn't answer medical prayers -- otherwise the U.S. would not need to spend $2 trillion a year on health care. God doesn't answer prayers to avert natural disasters -- if he did, hurricanes would never hit the U.S. and the Houston drought would have ended.If God does not answer all of these different types of prayers, it is clear that he does not answer prayers at all. When someone says, "God answered my prayers," what he or she means is that a coincidence happened. You can prove it to yourself right now. Simply pray for something. Pray for anything. What Jesus promises in the Bible is crystal clear and completely unambiguous: If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21] If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14] Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew 17:20] All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23] For with God nothing will be impossible. [Luke 1:37] Nothing could be simpler or clearer than this. Jesus is God, so there is no reason for him to lie to you. In fact, it is impossible for him to lie to you because he is perfect. So go ahead and pray. Pray that God cures every case of cancer on the planet tomorrow. Pray sincerely, knowing that when God answers this prayer it will help millions of people in remarkable ways. Will it happen? Of course not.


It's hard to talk about the drought without referencing religion, considering that's been subject of the governor's only response. Instead of supporting investments in water infrastructure like governors before him, Perry has twiddled his thumbs and asked us to plead with imaginary friends. 


Really....dude is just too negative on life....just end it already and save us the misery


I think we could talk about the trees without making unnecessary passes at religion....


Meyer Park is losing trees too.  Is the Parks Department in Harris County doing any watering to save the trees or just driving around in golf carts and watering the soccer fields?


This article is really more about Richard Connelly making statements about politics and religion...  I happen to agree with Dick, but the article should actually be about trees with a title like that...

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