Many things make up Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department, from our 70-plus miles of hike-and-bike trails to the numerous health and fitness programs offered at our recreation centers. Every element of our department plays an integral part in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens we serve.
But it can be easy to overlook one of the most important players of our department—our trees.
Being a City of Excellence means being a good steward of our natural resources, and the preservation of trees and green spaces is everyone’s responsibility. These simple creatures are more than just beautiful—they have a tremendous positive impact on our community, such as:
Improving air quality
Increasing property values
Providing shade for our homes, parks, trails and streets (thereby reducing AC and heating bills)
Reducing the greenhouse effect
Serving as a home to wildlife
Helping to manage storm water run-off
Improving our physical and mental well-being
Plano is home to roughly 1.7 million trees. This “urban forest” can be found everywhere—in open spaces, parks, rights-of-way, at city facilities and on private residential and commercial properties. To help ensure a bright future for Plano’s tree population, our Urban Forestry Division is working on the city’s first urban forest master plan. This plan will be used to create goals and priorities for the next 25 years to take the city’s urban forestry program to the next level.
But we cannot do it without the input of our citizens, said Angela Kralik, urban forester for the City of Plano.
“It’s really important that our citizens participate in the process. I know that trees mean a lot to them. I hear it from them all the time,” she said. “This survey is their chance to provide us their words of appreciation, care or even concern about Plano’s trees that will be memorialized in the urban forest master plan can be used to justify the need for urban forestry and tree care in Plano.”
“It’s not enough to know that we are doing the right thing,” Kralik added. “We need to hear from our citizens about what is important to them and then, anything is possible. Then, we can achieve a beautiful, healthy and sustainable urban environment for everyone.”
Now that these trees, as well as our forestry program itself, have matured, the time is right to create a master plan for one of Plano’s most valuable natural resources. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this quick 6-question survey and be a part of Plano’s first urban forest master plan. The survey can be found here
and can be filled out until Feb. 24.