Dallas, TX (March 4, 2009)- Council members on Wednesday listened to a plan for planting trees in Dallas that urban foresters hope will lead to a significant increase in the city’s tree canopy.
The plan presented by the Texas Tree Foundation identified five tracts to demonstrate the benefits not simply of planting trees, but of planting them in areas where they can best reduce rainwater runoff, collect emissions from cars and reduce ambient air temperatures.
The city currently has a tree canopy of around 8 percent. Ideally, that canopy would grow to 30 percent, the council learned. Plantings could be targeted in areas of high traffic congestion, near “hot” buildings that generate and hold heat at their rooftops, and near water sources, among other sites.
The Tree Foundation did not request city funds. It expects to seek private and federal money to achieve its urban forestry goals.
Dallas Morning News- Plan to plant trees