The Dallas Urban Forest
January 3, 2018
We are making a new year’s resolution to plant more trees! Are you in?
As shown through our study of the City of Denton Urban Forest Study, trees impact not only the aesthetic value of our environment, but also impact economic development, our moods, and the wildlife that lives among us in the trees. We work hard to do our part to reforest the DFW area by planting new trees where we can, and you can do your part as well.
The City of Dallas encourages the growth of the urban forest by supplying trees and guidance to the citizens of Dallas. Created by ordinance for the mitigation of trees removed for city growth, the Dallas Urban Reforestation Fund provides a resource to purchase new trees that can be planted on public property, from parkways to parks. This is where your group gets involved. In order for projects to qualify for assistance from this program, the project must be sponsored wholly or in part by a planting group; such as community groups or City of Dallas departments. All trees requested through this program must be planted on public property that includes City of Dallas parks, recreation centers, public schools, approved medians, city right-of-ways and parkways.
Since tree planting is best done in the fall, the program allows planting from December through March. The city requires that all documents & forms be filled out at least 1 month prior to planting to ensure correct procedures are followed.
There is a healthy list of trees that your group can choose from to plant, depending on the size of the median or parkway. Smaller trees (for 3-5’ medians) include redbud, crepe myrtle, yaupon holly, and desert willow. Larger trees can be planted in spaces larger than 5’ wide and could include oak, elm, bald cypress, pecan, and Chinese pistache.
Why should you care about reforesting your neighborhood and the city?
Bottom line, trees positively impact your daily life, both at home and at your place of employment. Here are just a few interesting stats regarding the urban forest:
Trees absorb and block sound, reducing noise pollution by as much as 40 percent.
Urban trees filter up to ⅓ of fine particle pollutants within 300 yards from a tree.
Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5% to 15% more than homes without trees.
In Dallas alone, trees provide annual savings of over $9 million through energy conservation.
Pollution removal by trees in Dallas is estimated at 2,980 tons of air pollution annually with an associated value of $15.2 million dollars each year.
Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, shortens illnesses, and relaxes brain wave patterns.
Reforesting the city to receive these benefits takes input from all of us. We are committed to making Dallas cleaner, happier, and greener in 2018. Join us, won’t you?