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A Wondrous Return – Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s Leadership Toward a Resilient Future

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers an escape from urban life and serves as an educational resource. Founded in 1967, the Arboretum is bordered by transit infrastructure and the Buffalo Bayou. The landscape had evolved into an overgrown woodland, overrun by invasive species and early successional trees. The canopy shaded out the understory, leaving a lifeless duff layer. By 2012, when the team began the planning and design process, the Arboretum had lost over 50% of its tree canopy.

The site lies at the convergence of regional ecosystems: piney woods, coastal prairies,

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