Denton Tree Initiative
The Denton Tree Initiative is a campaign from Keep Denton Beautiful and the City of Denton designed to increase Denton's tree canopy by offering free trees, forestry education, and tree planting incentives to Denton residents, businesses, neighborhoods, and schools. check out why this initiative is so important to our city, and find out how you can get involved!
Canopy Cover in Denton
According to American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, the recommended average tree cover for areas east of the Mississippi River is 25-30%.
Denton's 2016 "State of the Urban Forest" study revealed that our city is right on target to meet this standard, with an average of 30% tree canopy cover. However, the study – which used state-of-the-art methods to learn about the structure and benefits of Denton's urban forest – also revealed that 46% of Denton's canopy cover is located on undeveloped land, putting our urban forest at risk as the city grows.
To keep Denton's tree population healthy and thriving, it's imperative that we start planting the next generation of trees NOW to preserve our city's character and quality of life for future residents.
How many trees has Denton planted since the Tree Initiative started in 2015? Check out our interactive map, and learn more about our efforts to track each tree planted through the Denton Tree Initiative!
Looking for data on Denton’s trees? Check out the City of Denton’s Open Data Portal to view the complete State of the Denton Urban Forest Report (2016), or download datasets from the study to run your own analyses.
Why Trees are Important
A healthy tree canopy cover has been shown to reduce energy needs, reverse the heat island effect, and improve quality of life. Trees also serve as "green infrastructure" for a community, providing quantifiable benefits in stormwater management, economic development, air quality, and community health and safety.
Read more about why trees are so important!
Participate in the Denton Tree Initiative!
The Denton Tree Initiative is comprised of six programs that help individuals, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and schools take an active role in reaching the goal of 12,000 new trees in Denton. Programs run during the ideal growing season for North Texas, from September through May. Click below to learn how these unique programs can help you increase your tree knowledge, and plant more trees in Denton!
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
$50 registration fee
100 free trees for tree-needy neighborhoods