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Tree the Town

12:00 AM CDT on Monday, April 19, 2010
samhodges@dallasnews.com

    What's billed as the biggest tree planting effort ever in North Texas got under way
    Sunday afternoon in cool, misty weather that had the tree huggers hugging
    themselves at times, trying to stay warm.
    Richardson's "Tree the Town" campaign plans to add 50,000 trees on public
    and private land in the city over the next few years, and Sunday's kickoff saw the
    first 100 planted by shovel-wielding volunteers.

    "It's important for the environment," said Lindsay Okonek, 11, who joined
    other Girl Scouts in guiding a young pond cypress into soggy black soil near the
    DART station by Richardson's Galatyn Plaza.  
    [Okonek is from SU164 T#8716!  Yay!  You go Girl!]

    The idea for a tree planting campaign in Richardson came to council member
    Amir Omar in June. He was jogging on a trail in the city, training for a marathon,
    and noticed he'd gone more than a mile without shade.

    New York and Los Angeles each have million-tree initiatives under way, and
    Omar convinced other city officials that Richardson should have its own,
    proportionally large effort.

    The alliterative name came from Andrew Laska, president of the Richardson
    Heights Home Owners Association. He'd heard some of his friend Omar's
    proposed titles, and figured he could do better.

    "I was sitting on the couch with my wife, and it just came to me," he said of Tree
    the Town.

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas donated trees for Sunday's opening
    ceremony. Corporations, small businesses, neighborhood associations, civic
    clubs and individuals are all asked to consider donating trees for planting.

    The Texas Trees Foundation is working with sponsors, selecting trees and
    handling watering for the first year.

    The city is relying on volunteers to do most of the planting on public land and has
    incurred no additional budgeted costs, Omar said. He added that some city
    departments have had stepped-up workloads because of the campaign.

    Richardson residents who plant trees on their property can register them with
    the city to be part of the Tree the Town.

    Omar said "community-building" is a big part of the effort. On Sunday, Boy
    Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, University of Texas at Dallas students and
    Junior League of Richardson members helped put trees in the ground.

    "I like to get messy," said Tucker Royal, 7, who was hard at work with other
    members of Richardson's Cub Scout Pack 727.

    Michael Massey, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, said
    people plant trees for beauty, shade and a range of environmental benefits.

    "They are very much a welcome part of our lives, and people have recognized
    that," he said. "We're having an overwhelming response of people wanting to
    participate."
Troop 3328
Troop 8716
Helping Hands
Girl Scouts assist Coca Cola with recycling
efforts at the State Fair of Texas 2010
(Non-GS groups
are not endorsed
by GSUSA,
GSNETX, SU164)