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GOAL 6: DALLAS PROTECTS AND ENHANCES ITS ECOSYSTEMS, TREES AND GREEN SPACES THAT IN TURN IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH.

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Targets

33%, 37% AND 40% OR MORE CANOPY COVER CITYWIDE BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 

20%, 50% AND 75% REDUCTION IN URBAN HEAT ISLAND INDEX BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 

80%, 90% AND 95% OF THE POPULATION LIVES WITHIN MILE WALK TO A PARK OR TRAIL BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 Quarter 2 Progress

Reported April 2021

In Dallas, there are 388 parks totaling over 27,000 acres, plus the approximate 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. However, these green spaces are not evenly distributed, and only about 60 percent of Dallas residents have access to a park within ½ mile walk of their home. Additionally, the City of Dallas is second only to Phoenix, Arizona relative to the size of the urban heat island. In FY 20-21, five actions from this sector, with 17 milestones will be initiated. These actions include implementing an Urban Forest Master Plan, along with expansion of existing programs and efforts, as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Goal 6 actions and milestones will involve collaboration between Dallas Water Utilities, Sustainable Development & Construction, Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Urban Design, and Public Works.

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

COMPLETE

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Initiate comprehensive storm drainage system assessment activities to identify areas prone to current

    and future flood risk.

EG2:

Assess opportunities for blue-green infrastructure in the public realm to reduce flood risk.

EG3:

Increase tree canopy in both private and public realm to complete implementation of recommendations from the Urban Forest Master Plan.

Establish protocols for managing debris.

IN PROGRESS

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Complete engineering efforts for a pilot project at 8470-8506 Brittania Way for the construction of alternative “green” erosion control measures.

EG3:

Increase tree canopy in both private and public realm to complete implementation of recommendations from the Urban Forest Master Plan.

1. Adopt the Urban Forest Master Plan.

2. Establish protocols for assessing canopy loss.

3. Initiate program development protocols for replanting and monitoring, including after storms and

    droughts that result in loss.

EG9:

Support public and private partnerships using nature-based solutions to address public health challenges.

Work with the Nature Conservancy, Re-tree, and Texas Trees on Breathe Easy Dallas, post-tornado reclamation and Cool-Schools Programs.

EG2:

Assess opportunities for blue-green infrastructure in the public realm to reduce flood risk.

1. Update park operations and maintenance procedures to include ecofriendly and sustainable practices.

2. Train City parks maintenances staff on the updated sustainable practices.

EG5:

Update city park operations and maintenance procedures to include comprehensive ecofriendly and sustainable best management practices. 

EG4:

Continue ongoing programs to collaborate with community organizations to promote tree planting efforts, protection of trees and prairies, and drought tolerant landscapes.

1. Work with community-based organizations on land stewardship programs that educate residents and

    businesses and that plant and maintain trees in areas subject to heat island impacts.

2. Initiate ongoing effort to develop educational resources on best practices for maintaining mature trees.

3. Increase community outreach on tree knowledge and forest education.

4. Support partnerships and initiatives that protect and expand Blackland Prairies, as feasible.

5. Continue Branch Out Dallas, Branching Out Dallas, and Reforestation Program

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Begin implementation of actions in the Dallas Urban Forest Master Plan.

EG9:

Support public and private partnerships using nature-based solutions to address public health challenges.

1. Provide technical assistance with grant writing.

2. Provide informational resources on funding opportunities and financing options to nonprofits.

EG3:

Increase tree canopy in both private and public realm to complete implementation of recommendations from the Urban Forest Master Plan.

PENDING

Resources for Residents

1 Help combat urban heat and help the City increase its urban tree canopy by planting a free tree provided by Branch Out Dallas.

 

2 Want to learn more? Join the WaterWise Landscape Tour to visit community gardens and learn how your neighbors grow native plants, compost their food waste, grow pollinator gardens, and use stones to create cool landscapes among other things.

 

3 Use the TexasSmartScape tool to design and plant your own pollinator garden to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

 

4 Join the Citizen Forester program to help restore our urban forest. Learn about the benefits of trees and skills such as tree identification, planting and pruning. Upon graduation, citizen foresters can become the eyes, ears and hands for the City Arborists and support public safety.

Resources for Businesses

1 Volunteer your time with Texas Trees Foundation to plant trees and help keep your community cool.

 

2 Increase planting, green areas and trees on your property!