Bayou and Beyond, the Partnership’s 20-year master plan
called for a separate division within the organization to specialize
in the conservation of Buffalo Bayou and its unique riparian corridor.
Interacting with corridor users has convinced the BBP that Houstonians
want a cleaner, healthier, more natural corridor. We hear requests for
cleaner air, more animals, plants and management of the tributaries
that interact with the hike and bike trail that runs along the bayou.
The BBP is dedicated to developing and maintaining sustainable development,
native plantings, and environmentally-friendly programs in every project
we work on.
Along with teams of tireless volunteers the Partnership has conducted
dozens of cleanups and restoration projects to improve habitat quality
and diversity within the Bayou corridor. During habitat restoration,
staff and volunteers converge on a particular area where we remove invasive
species like giant ragweed, Chinese tallow and chinaberry allowing native
species to thrive, clean the area of litter and then plant or seed the
area with native material to out-compete any exotic plants. Tree pruning
is often involved as well as allowing access into these areas for users
to interact with the area in a safe way.