How Can Trees Help Dallas?

 Other Benefits

  • Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
  • Trees can attract wildlife to an area and help bring a biodiversity of animals to our community.
  • Areas planted with many trees and plants have proven useful in phytoremediation or bioremediation, which is the removal of toxic materials from soil.
  • Trees can become living witnesses to our history and evidence of our cultures. Without a cultural history, people are rootless. Preserving historical trees offers lingering evidence to remind people of what they once were, who they are, what they are and where they are. It feeds our sense of history and purpose. As an example, the trees in Dealy Plaza that witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy. There are over 100,000 people that visit the site each year as a result. The trees in the plaza are considered historic due to the significant event that they witnessed.
  • Trees are a source of food for humans. Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are only a few of the foods we get from trees. On a large scale, food-producing trees require less fertilizer and keep the soil healthier than any other crop.
  • Trees can screen objectionable views, offer privacy, reduce glare and light reflection, offer a sound barrier, and help guide wind direction and speed.
  • Trees add beauty to our city by creating a background, framing a view, complementing architecture, and bringing natural elements into urban surroundings.
  • Trees provide unlimited climbing challenges and fun physical activities like using tree swings and playing in tree houses.
  • Bioremediation: the use of biological agents, such as bacteria or plants, to remove or neutralize contaminants in polluted soil or water.