The City of Houston has a total of 380 parks totaling 35,742 acres. Approximately 16,000 of those acres are forested habitat, each totaling over an acre in size. A method for prioritizing and assessing these areas was first established in 2017 to determine management needs and funding requirements. Prior to this time, the priority had been given to street trees through a comprehensive inventory to support tree ordinance mitigation requirements. Additionally, in 2015 the US Forest Service collected data on the tree canopy cover and species composition of trees within the City of Houston, including both natural and urbanized areas.