Parks and forests, open fields, vacant lots and brownfields, residential communities and flood plains – all of these are part of Dallas’ urban landscape – but did you know that only 42% (165 square miles) of the City’s total land has been developed? About 27% of that land is designated to remain green space, thanks to the strategies the City has in place to maintain a balance between development and natural areas.
Dallas recognizes the need to conserve its resources and protect the diversity of its ecosystems and wildlife. The following are examples of plans, programs, and actions that the City has taken to preserve green spaces and provide access to nature for residents:
- Adopting the Environmental Element of “Forward Dallas!”, a comprehensive land use plan focusing on sustainability, as well as air and water quality
- Restoring natural and wildflower areas; Dallas 6,895 natural acres and 226 wildflower acres
- Conserving Monarch Butterfly habitat as part of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge with the National Wildlife Federation
- Holding public pollinator protection meetings
- Using the Municipal Setting Designation, a land use tool which promotes redevelopment of contaminated properties, but restricts certain land uses to protect human health and the environment
- Preserving the Great Trinity Forest and Blackland Prairie by implementing the Trinity River Corridor Project
- Increasing urban tree canopy through the tree planting program in order to reduce the urban heat island
- Developing the Land and Tree Preservation code with City Arborists
- Working with the Texas Trees Foundation to publish the State of the Urban Forest Report
- Implementing the Dallas Bicycle Program
- Increasing hiking trails and biking trails
Through proper management of green spaces, the City of Dallas will ensure that future generations can enjoy these natural areas.