Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

Volunteers at White Rock Lake Park helped plant 50 trees earlier this month.

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The community event that was held on Nov.4 was made possible by three organizations: Texas Trees Foundation, who focuses on “the greening of North Central Texas; Energy Transfer, a Fortune 43 corporation who is headquartered in Dallas and Dallas Park and Recreation.

The tree planting is a part of a collaboration called “Branching Out” that has been running for five years and aims to helps make communities healthier by planting trees at Dallas parks. The program began in 2018 and works to reforest Dallas’ urban canopy. As White Rock Lake Park is considered one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system, planting trees there will help filter the air by removing pollution and improving the city’s overall air quality levels. They also help increase our waters quality, according to a press release by Texas Trees Foundation.

Of 50 trees, 13 different species were planted: American Elm, American Sycamore, Bald Cypress, Bur Oak, Carolina Cherry Laurel, Cedar Elm, Chinquapin Oak, Common Persimmon, Eves Necklace, Mexican Buckeye, Pecan, Southern Magnolia and Texas Red Oak.