The City of Plano is embarking on the natural reforestation of Plano’s creeks i.e. Riparian areas (bottomland hardwood forest) to reduce creek bank erosion, grow the tree canopy, reduce flooding, and filter harmful pollutants before they enter the watershed (the source of our drinking water).
What are Grow Zones?
Grow zones are located in flood plain areas on park property where trees naturally grow and flooding occurs. Mowing has been reduced in these areas to allow for the natural re-growth of the bottomland hardwood forest with trees native to Plano.
Grow Zones help us by:
• Reducing costs associated with purchasing trees and irrigation by allowing trees to naturally re-seed and grow
• Helping prevent stream bank erosion by reinforcing them with native trees (roots)
• Filtering storm water runoff before it reaches the creek, i.e. cleaning our drinking water
• Intercepting rainfall precipitation, which helps reduce flooding incidents
• Reducing the amount of mowing, thereby decreasing fuel expenditures and emissions
• Providing shade, which cools the air and water temperatures
• Providing fish and wildlife habitat
• Contributing to Plano’s tree canopy goal of 30% without planting a single tree
• Overland Trail
• Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt
• Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve (OPPNP)
• Bob Woodruff Park
• Los Rios Park
• Chisholm Trail – Spring Creek
• Russell Creek
• White Rock Creek Trail
*As the plant community returns, some areas may have taller and less manicured vegetation than others. It takes between 5-10 years to develop a diverse vegetation community. Thank you for your patience as we work to transition and grow our urban forest in Plano!