In 2006, U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced$28.5 million in fundingobtained for beautification, erosion prevention and flood control programs for the Houston area. The funding will finally take shape this weekend as Congressman Poe, community leaders, the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Trees for Houston and TxDOT join together for the Arbor Day 2007 tree planting.

The funding was obtained by Congressman Poe as a component of The Transportation Equity Act. This six-year bill provides funding for federal highway, transit and highway safety programs.

I am so proud of this funding, said Poe. I realized that being on the Transportation Committee and putting together the Transportation Bill isnt just about laying concrete. This funding will be used to beautify Houstons highways with new landscaping, while also helping environmentally by combating erosion, creating flood control, and improving air quality for our area. The large scale landscaping will have a positive impact on economic development by attracting businesses to the area, increasing property values and bringing tourists, visitors and new consumer attitudes to the region.

This weekend 2,000 volunteers are needed to help plant 20,000 trees along Will Clayton Parkway.

WHO: Congressman Ted Poe, City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Trees for Houston and TxDOT

WHAT: Arbor Day 2007 Tree Planting

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2007

TIME: 8:00am-12:00pm with a presentation program at 11:00am

WHERE: Will Clayton Parkway between Lee Road and McKay Road off of Highway 59 North

Congressman Poe serves on the Transportation Committee and co-sponsored The Transportation Equity Act (H.R. 3). He worked closely with the Greater Houston Partnership as well as members of the Texas delegation on this project to ensure that the State received the money for high priority projects including new roads, better bridges, and highway landscaping. For more information on Congressman Poe, please visit: http://poe.house.gov/ .

###