Increase tree canopy in both private and public realm to complete implementation of recommendations from the Urban Forest Masterplan.
The City will implement the actions within the Dallas Urban Forest Master Plan, which aims to unite urban forestry efforts and strategize on ways to mitigate urban heat island effect. The ‘Dallas Urban Heat Island Management Study (2017)’ study recommends that approximately 250,000 trees be planted across the city to achieve significant cooling and health benefits. The benefits of greening strategies can be as high as 15°F of cooling in some areas on hot summer days.
The City will actively manage the long-term health of Dallas’ urban forest by removing invasive species’, establishing protocols for assessing canopy loss, debris management, replanting and monitoring, and prioritizing tree planting after storms and droughts (in areas that suffer canopy cover loss).
Vulnerable neighborhoods suffering most from the heat island effect and streets without sidewalk trees will be prioritized for tree planting as well as high pedestrian corridors to improve walkability and pedestrian comfort.