The City of Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department, under its Urban Forestry program, is replacing trees in medians across Plano over the next several months. This is due to the serious decline in health and safety to the trees in the medians and to provide a healthy urban forest for Plano residents.
The three locations are:
· Park Boulevard from Avenue P to Avenue R and Peachtree Lane to Shiloh Road
· Coit Road from Plano Parkway to President George Bush Turnpike
· Parker Road between Coit Road and Mission Ridge Road and Independence Parkway to Deep Valley Trail
Approximately 160 new trees will be planted in their place as well as irrigation, turf and mulch. Median trees experience the highest stress of any other trees due to reflective heat from the concrete and traffic pollution, not to mention being struck by cars from time to time. Declining trees also pose safety risk due to falling limbs the land in the roadway.
In an effort to keep Plano’s streets and motorists safe while always maintaining a healthy urban forest, the department will be selecting new sections of median each year for replacement, said Angela Kralik, Urban Forester for Plano Parks and Recreation. This is part of Plano’s long-range plan to provide a healthy, safe and sustainable urban forest for Plano.
“These trees were in the poorest health. They are the oldest trees in the medians in Plano,” Kralik said. “Trees planted in medians suffer the highest stress; therefore, they do not live as long as trees that reside in more natural environments.”
Trees are a common feature of many roadway medians for their ability to absorb carbon from the air. The carbon is filtered through the leaves and stored in the tree’s trunk. Plano Parks and Recreation is also testing new median designs that will help extend the life of these trees by stabilizing the soil and enhancing moisture retention with the wood chips.
Motorists can expect lane closures in these areas as the planting continues into the fall.
For more information about Plano’s Urban Forestry program, please visit www.planoparks.org.