|Branch Out Dallas, the popular City of Dallas sponsored tree giveaway program, returns this fall timed to coincide with Texas Arbor Day. The Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway will take place one day after on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Registration for trees opens online at www.dallascityhall.com/branchoutdallas and the registration period is from September 1 – 30, 2019.
Branch Out Dallas was implemented by the City to increase the overall tree canopy in Dallas by providing residents with a tree for their home, at no cost. With the spring storms, the City anticipates a strong need to replace trees in neighborhoods across all districts. In addition to the project website, www.dallascityhall.com/branchoutdallas, residents may visit any Dallas Public Library location for more information and for assistance in registering online or they may send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Trees benefit the environment in so many ways,” said Terry Lowery, Director of Dallas Water Utilities. “They clean the air, filter stormwater and urban runoff, provide shade, and combat the effects of climate change. I’m extremely proud to partner with twelve City departments, as well as Air North Texas and the Texas A & M Forest Service to continue this valuable program at no cost to Dallas residents.”
Branch Out Dallas involves a three-step process:
- Participants sign-up for a free tree by choosing from five Texas hardwood tree species: Shumard oak, Chinquapin oak, Mexican oak, Lacebark elm, or Pecan.
- Select from one of six pick-up locations: C. A. Tatum, Jr. Elementary School, June Shelton School and Evaluation Center, Justin F. Kimball High School, The Village Church – Dallas Northway, W. H. Adamson High School, or White Rock Church of Christ. From the registration data, the City of Dallas orders the trees.
- On Saturday, November 2, pick up your five-gallon tree from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the selected pick-up location.
Branch Out Dallas is limited to Dallas residents. A Dallas Water Utility bill or government-issued identification will be required at the time trees are picked up. It is anticipated that 2,500 trees will be distributed, and instructions on how to plant them will be provided through Branch Out Dallas.