Over 2,600 Trees distributed at Branch Out Dallas event
Over 200 volunteers worked with City of Dallas staff to successfully distribute 2,604 trees at the inaugural Branch Out Dallas event on Saturday, March 9. Residents registered in advance to pick up a 5-gallon tree from one of six locations in the city. City staff and volunteers worked together to check-in residents and load trees. By the end of the event, less than 4% of the trees remained!
“It’s rewarding to provide a program like this that lets homeowners pick up an attractive tree for free,” said Terry Lowery, Director, Dallas Water Utilities, “the high rate of participation in this pilot program was phenomenal!”
The types of trees offered included: Shumard Oak, Chinquapin Oak, Cedar Elm, Lacebark Elm, and Redbud.
“The warm reception this program received shows Dallas residents understand the value of trees to the environment, ” said James McGuire, Director, Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, “the tree distribution process was organized and efficient, and I’d like to thank all of the volunteers and City departments who made it possible for residents to plant these trees.”
The City is currently evaluating the Branch Out Dallas pilot program to see if it is viable to be offered again to Dallas residents. For more information on City of Dallas services and programs, please visit www.dallascityhall.com or www.greendallas.net.