Denton Tree Initiative
The Denton Tree Initiative is a citywide tree planting partnership between Keep Denton Beautiful and the City of Denton. The goal is to increase Denton’s tree canopy by 12,000 trees in 3 years by offering free trees, forestry education, and incentives in the form of rebates to Denton residents and businesses. Check out why this initiative is so important to our city, and find out how you can get involved!
Canopy Cover in Denton
In 2010, Denton city officials worked with faculty and students at the University of North Texas to determine a percentage of tree canopy cover for the entire City of Denton.
The study showed …
Increasing population and rapid development in Denton over the last 6 years means canopy cover is likely now lower than 19%. According to American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, the recommended average tree cover for Southern regions east of the Mississippi River is 25-30%.
It’s no secret that Denton residents value community well-being. That’s why we are committed to growing our tree canopy over the next several years. Through the Denton Tree Initiative, planting an additional 12,000 trees around neighborhoods and businesses is estimated to increase canopy coverage by about 1%.
Why Trees are Important
Generally speaking, a healthy tree canopy cover is known to reduce energy needs, reverse the heat island effect, and improve quality of life. But there are measurable benefits of trees as well: they serve as infrastructure by providing quantifiable per-tree benefits in stormwater management, economic development, air quality, and community health and safety.
The City of Denton plants trees in parks, but what can you do to help increase our canopy cover right now?
Participate in the Denton Tree Initiative!
The Denton Tree Initiative offers six programs that run at different times between September and May to help individuals, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and schools in Denton participate in reaching our goal of 12,000 trees by 2019. They are:
Free tree with 30 minute workshop
Free shade trees delivered & planted
$50 credit for qualifying trees
Free shade trees delivered, planted, & irrigated
Six-class forestry course
- All individuals
- $50 registration fee
100 free trees for tree-needy neighborhoods