Eco El Paso is proud to present our newest 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 trees across the city in the next 10 years! The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover”—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater El Paso, TX region.
Eco El Paso's Board of Directors, a team of volunteers, and donors want to plant trees on homeowners properties for free in order to restore the increase the tree cover in El Paso, reduce the heat island effect, and make our homes more comfortable to live in, especially during the hot summer months. Lower temperatures and shaded walking paths will encourage people to walk more, spend more time outside, and will reduce energy bills by reducing the time an AC unit or swamp cooler is needed to cool your home. Trees can shade your yard or home directly, which reduces heat radiation that continues at night on concrete, asphalt, rock yards, etc. Trees are nice to look at, increase curb appeal, and provide much needed shade in our hot-arid climate.
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. We can plant trees along roads in all residential areas as long as we get approval from the homeowner first. Homeowners need to know that they will be responsible for regular maintenance as the trees age. Homeowners are required to water the trees to keep them alive and take care of them year round in order to participate. We will start with Residential neighborhoods and slowly branch out. Can you recommend an underserved community in El Paso that would benefit from this program? We would like local neighborhood advocates to help guide us to what is best for their neighborhood since this is not a one size fits all program and we'll work with each community to find a solution that works best for them, not our agenda.
We want to work in every community in El Paso in the long run and 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, answer neighbor's questions, and ensure a smooth process in your community.
We will have a menu of trees to chose from and there will be availability limitations throughout the year based on seasonal changes. We will focus on native trees or trees that acclimate well to our hot-arid climate. This will ensure your trees will thrive in our harsh desert conditions and require less water than non-native trees not suited well for our region.
Commercial properties are a secondary effort. If you know any commercial property owners who want to participate, then we’ll add them to our list of locations for planting but they must also tend to the trees year round the same as residential participants. We will start with Residential neighborhoods and slowly branch out. Can you recommend an underserved community in El Paso that would benefit from this program.
We can’t plant trees on major roads such as Mesa Dr. for example. Those are owned by TXDoT, not the city, and if our program takes off, the City and Park and Rec department will setup a meeting with TXDoT in the future to discuss tree planting efforts on the roads they own.
We want to work with other nonprofits, local businesses, and citizens, to support this initiative to get more people involved to raise funds, volunteer their time and labor, and these will be tax deductible donations since we're a 501(c)3 nonprofit at Eco El Paso.
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.
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.