Restore a shady tree canopy to Galveston Island

Galveston has a rich history and diverse population — of both people and trees. Our vision and challenge is to make lasting connections between Galvestonians and their trees on our streets, in neighborhoods and public spaces.

Tree Stories by Margaret Canavan

Tree Stories is an ongoing series of articles published in the Galveston County Daily News intended to bring attention to outstanding Island trees, tree care, and tree issues.

Margaret Canavan is a Galveston resident, a Galveston County Master Gardener, and is a founding member of the Conservancy Board. click HEREor at the top or side of this page for these great Galveston Tree Stories! If you have or know of a special tree on Galveston Island that should be highlighted, please contact us below.

Protection and Preservation

The City of Galveston, like approximately 100 other Texas cities has tree protection and preservation ordinances. We protect all trees measured at or greater than 10" DBH (diameter at breast height = 54" above ground level) and significant stands of trees (a group of trees with interconnected canopies that covers at least 10,000 square feet of ground area) on both public and private property. Click HERE for more information.

Broadway Esplanades

Trees Today, History Tomorrow Replanting the Historic Broadway Esplanades By Kimber Fountain

Hurricane Ike was merciless, yet no population suffered at his hands more than Galveston’s population of trees, and only a small fraction of the damage was caused by the wind. Preceding the storm, a very hot summer with drought-like conditions left the ground dry and parched. The root systems of vegetation do not know the difference between fresh water and saltwater, so when the storm surge invaded the Island in mid-September of 2008 they did their job and eagerly absorbed the available moisture. Read the full article HERE

Palms! What going On?

What's Up with the Palms?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer especially when the answer is at the top of a 40 foot palm. So we’ll play detective and investigate. Click HERE for a letter to the editor about some of our Washingtonias and Canary Island Date Palms. A recommendation for the future is to use Texas Sabal Palms to replace those lost.