Tree Planting with Local Students for Arbor Day

Trinity Environmental Academy Students Plant Trees at Trinity River Audubon Center to Commemorate Arbor Day

Arbor Day was celebrated in the state of Texas on November 4, 2016 and it was marked in our City by a tree planting in the Great Trinity Forest.  Erik Wilson, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, District 8 of the Dallas City Council, Park Board member Celina Barajas, District 6 and Haily Summerford, interim executive director from Audubon Texas, along with some eager students led the way for the planting of 200 hardwood trees.

Twenty children from the Trinity Environmental Academy joined Citizen Foresters, Trinity Watershed Management, and Trinity River Audubon Center staff members to plant a wide-variety of wonderful trees such as: pecan, black walnut, Mexican plum, bur oak, sumac, American beautyberry, persimmon, and others. The trees were planted along a soft surface trail system for the Trinity River Audubon Center; this trail connects to the AT&T Trail near the new Trinity Forest Golf Club.

What is the significance of tree planting?

When speaking to the children, the catch phrase of the day became, “trees are important to everything.” It’s really that simple when you consider what trees provide for life on this planet: oxygen, air cleansing properties, climate control, energy conservation, water conservation, prevention of soil erosion, and they are beautiful to see.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Other states have selected the time of year in which to celebrate this important day to honor the environment. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor day, which was held April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. Arbor Day spreads the message of a cleaner and greener environment whether in an urban or rural setting.

Citizen Foresters and City staff taught the volunteers and students the proper tree planting techniques and provided information about how the forest will in turn benefit from the addition of these fruit and nut trees.  The Arbor Day Foundation also designated Dallas as a Tree City USA recipient; the eleventh year Dallas has received this important status.

To learn more about trees and the Great Trinity Forest, contact the Environmental Services Team at Trinity Watershed Management by calling 214-671-9500.

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