Million Trees El Paso

Million Trees El Paso, our Tree Planting Program

Eco El Paso is proud to present our Tree Planting Program, Million Trees El Paso!

Million Trees El Paso is a program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for at least one million new native or drought tolerant trees across the city in the next 10 years, starting within underserved communities throughout the El Paso region and spreading across the county! The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover”—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater El Paso, TX region with a goal to reduce the heat island effect, while creating numerous environmental and aesthetic benefits.

Eco El Paso will raise the money through donations and grant writing to purchase the trees for this program from local nurseries and tree farms. We then work with the applicants of the program when we select their Zip Code for a tree planting event. Then we reach out to our Volunteers to help us plant trees and educate the homeowners on the benefits of trees and how to care for trees.  We are an all-volunteer nonprofit and appreciate your volunteer support and donations for this program to thrive for many years to come! 

So far we have planted trees in the following locations and zip codes:  79905, 79912, 79915, 79925, the Paso Del Norte Trails across El Paso, and partnering with the Parks Department in El Paso.

Sign up using our application at the bottom of this website!

Trees Planted


Complete the Tree Application at the bottom of this page!

This program will provide homeowners with free trees in order to increase the tree canopy in El Paso, reduce the heat island effect, and reduce heat. Lower temperatures and shaded walking paths will encourage people to walk more, spend more time outside, and will reduce energy bills by reducing cooling costs. Trees shade your yard or home, which reduces heat radiation that continues at night on concrete, asphalt, and rock yards. Trees are nice to look at, increase curb appeal, and provide much needed shade in our hot-arid climate.

Follow our Facebook Page for Million Trees El Paso and follow our Facebook Group for Million Trees El Paso, which is used as a discussion forum geared more toward conversations, questions/answers, meeting new people interested in our Tree efforts, ask questions freely, organize efforts, fund raise, etc.

Call before you dig! Call 311 and ask the city to come check before you dig.

Check out the documents below with more research

Native or Desert Friendly Trees - Examples

* Follow our friends at the West Texas Urban Forestry Council

  • Afghan Pine or Italian Stone Pine – Pinus eldarica
  • Arizona Cypress – Cupressus glabra
  • Alligator Juniper – Juniperus deppeana
  • Arizona White oak – Quercus arizonica
  • Desert Live Oak
  • Escarpment live oak – Quercus fusiformis
  • Deodar Cedar
  • Desert olive – Forestiera pubescens(neomexicana)
  • Fragrant ash Juniper – Juniperus species
  • Italian stone pine – Pinus pinea
  • Pinyon pine – Pinus edulis
  • Texas madrone – Arbutus xalapensis
  • Japanese pagoda – Styphnolobium japonicum
  • Littleleaf Walnut – Juglans microcarpa
  • Pecan – Carya illinoensis
  • Yaupon Holly – Ilex vomitoria
  • Texas mountain laurel – Dermatophyllum secundiflorum
  • Bigtooth maple – Acer grandidentatum
  • Burr Oak – Quercus macrocarpa
  • Chinkapin Oak – Quercus muehlenbergii
  • Chinese Pistache – Pistacia chinensis
  • Cottonwood – Populus deltoides ssp. wislizeni
  • Crepe myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica
  • Desert willow – Chilopsis linearis
  • Texas Honey mesquite – Prosopis glandulosa
  • Mexican buckeye – Ungnadia speciosa
  • Mexican redbud – Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
  • Screwbean mesquite, Tornillo – Prosopis pubescens
  • Texas red oak – Quercus buckelyi
  • London Plane
  • Mexican White Oak 
  • Desert Ironwood
  • Desert Museum palo verde – Parkinsonia x 'Desert Museum'
  • Flameleaf sumac – Rhus lanceolata
  • Golden Rain tree – Koelreuteria paniculata
  • Goldenball leadtree – Leuceana retusa
  • Texas persimmon – Diospyros texana
  • Honey locust – Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
  • Mexican plum – Prunus mexicana
  • Osage Orange – Maclura pomifera
  • Lacebark elm – Ulmus parvifolia
  • Vitex, Chaste Tree – Vitex agnus-castus
  • Western soapberry – Sapindus drummondii
  • Mexican Elder
  • Aleppo Pine
  • Leyland False Cypress
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Eucalyptus / Gum
  • Arizona Ash
  • Sycamore
  • Sweet acacia – Acacia farnesiana ‘smalli’

Contact Info

Program Overview

Below are a few details about the Million Trees EP program by Eco El Paso. Please use the application form at the bottom of this page to sign up and volunteer. Thanks for your support!


Our primary focus will be in Residential communities, especially those that are underserved, focused on native or drought tolerant trees that will thrive in our harsh desert region. Homeowners will be responsible for watering and caring for the trees year round especially during harsh summer month.

We are seeking Community Tree Advocates who live in each of these communities to serve as a point of contact to help coordinate meetings between your community and Eco El Paso. Tree Advocates will help us facilitate the program in their neighborhoods, organize neighbors, educate us on their wants and needs for their neighborhood, answer questions, and ensure a smooth process in your community. 

Collaboration & Partnerships

We want to work with other nonprofits, clubs, associations, local businesses, and citizens, to support this initiative to get more people involved to raise funds, volunteer their time to plant trees, and these will be tax deductible donations since we're a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Examples of our partners include:

Next Steps

Fill out the application form below and let us know why you would like to nominate your community for our next Million Trees El Paso planting efforts and why you would like to be a Community Tree Advocate for your neighborhood. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your neighborhood.

Why are trees important to our environment and El Paso?

Trees clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, secure the land from erosion, provide habitat to biodiversity, provide jobs, medicines, absorb carbon, and help reduce climate change and global warming.

  1. Air
  2. Water
  3. Land
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Social Impact
  6. Health
  7. Climate Change
  8. Shade / Reduce Heat Island Effect
  9. Curb Appeal
  10. Beauty (Spring/Fall Blooms)


Million Trees El Paso Program Application


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