Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) hosted the 5th annual Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway event on Dallas Arbor Day, Saturday, November 4. Over 2600 trees were distributed at six locations citywide.
The Branch Out Dallas tree giveaway program was launched in the fall of 2018, and because of the growing demand and participation, it is now part of Dallas Arbor Day annual celebration.
Trees benefit the urban environment by reducing stormwater runoff to drainage systems, cooling temperatures, improving air quality and mitigating the heat island effect.
"This program supports city initiatives," said Karen Woodard, Forestry Manager, Dallas Water Utilities. "We appreciate our residents and volunteers who understand the value of planting more trees."
Residents selected a 5-gallon tree from varieties that included bur oak, sycamore, American elm, Mexican plum, Shumard oak and lacebark elm. These trees are hardy and suited for the Texas region.
Branch Out Dallas is held annually. The program is led by DWU staff and is supported by volunteers and civic groups who help plan the event and distribute the trees to residents.