The Dallas City Council recenrlt adopted the city's first urban forest master plan, with 14 recommendations for a unified approach to build a resilient and equitable urban forest. They include ensuring city regulations support tree canopy preservation and growth, maximizing investment in urban forest programs and management, and creating a city storm response and recovery plan. Improved air quality and reduced temperatures are among the most sought-after benefits. The plan, created by the nonprofit Texas Trees Foundation notes that Dallas is already the nation's ninth-most-populous city and is poised for further development. That development threatens to remove tree cover from Dallas' southern neighborhoods, which could create new heat island effects that affect a significant number of economically and medically vulnerable residents, the authors wrote.
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