Dallas Plans To Plant 350K Trees In Next Decade

The City of Dallas is going even greener with its latest project, the Urban Forest Master Plan.

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RACHEL O'NEIL: The city of Dallas has a reputation as a concrete jungle. But a newly approved project has the city going greener by planting and restoring trees here in North Texas. Rachel O'Neil takes a look at the plan.

ERIC JOHNSON: Today, I'm pleased to say that we've taken yet another major step in the right direction.

RACHEL O'NEIL: That step-- Dallas' first ever urban forest master plan. Mayor Johnson says, the decision was unanimously voted by city council to fast track restoration efforts. Within 10 years, this city is hoping to plant about 350,000 trees, enough to replace the ones destroyed by the 2019 tornado and then some.

JANETTE MONEAR: That changes that ecosystem within those neighborhoods. And not only does it change the ecosystem, but trees enhance property values. So it takes away from the city's tax base when you lose a lot of trees.

RACHEL O'NEIL: I'm told the additional trees will help reduce the effects of climate change by lessening greenhouse gases which will help residents handle the heat in the future.

OMAR NARVAEZ: By 2050, it is estimated that Dallas could have 30 to 60 more days with temperatures over 100 degrees. Trees are the answer for a number of our problems.

RACHEL O'NEIL: Ultimately, city leaders say the objectives of the urban forest master plan is to make Dallas greener, cleaner, cooler, and healthier.

ERIC JOHNSON: We still have a tremendous amount of work to do. But you all have my gratitude today for helping make our city a better place.

RACHEL O'NEIL: In Dallas, Rachel O'Neil, CBS 11 News.