Planting Trees During A Drought

Because the long-term mortality rate for newly planted urban trees can be as high as 50 percent, Nentwich doubled the number and rounded it up to 1 million.

“We can’t emphasize enough how important trees are to the quality of life in an urban area,” Nentwich says.

“In a South Texas summer, trees can reduce ambient temperatures by 12 degrees. They reduce energy costs, reduce storm-water runoff, fight soil erosion, filter the air, produce oxygen, and reduce pollution.”

And they add beauty to the community, a benefit that cannot be measured.

“We still have a long way to go, but we’re making strides,” Nentwich asserts. “We’re off to a good start, and using the lessons we’ve learned along the way, we will strive to reach our goal.”

Kelly Irvin is the public-relations manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department in Texas. Reach her at

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