City of Dallas offers way to avert climate change through free trees

November 11, 2018 by  

A new program is being introduced in Dallas whereby the city will provide free trees for residents to plant at home.

The program is called ‘Branch Out Dallas’ and is part of an even bigger program to remake Dallas into a greener city. Dallas is following in the footsteps of other cities that have launched programs, such as Branch Out Dallas.

Dallas Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability Director James McGuire had pointed out some of the environmental benefits to planting trees. Trees reduce the need for air conditioning by providing shade and cooling the air. This reduces air pollution, saving energy and slowing down climate change.

Those wishing to obtain a free tree must reserve one of the following five available species of trees: Chinquapin Oak. Shumard Oak, Redbud, Cedar Elm or Lacebark Elm. At the same time, they most also select from six location options from which to pick up their tree.

Flyer printing, used in some communities, makes the choice easier by providing side-by-side comparisons of the types of trees.

Then, the cities will order the trees, which will arrive in five-gallon containers and be approximately five feet tall. Distribution will take place March 9, 2019 and will include planting and maintenance directions.

Limited to residents of Dallas, either a government-issued I.D. or a Dallas Utility Water bill will be required to claim a tree. Residents have through January 11, 2019 to reserve theirs.