Most of the trees in the Kings Highway neighborhood were planted when the houses were built, about 70 years ago. Age, ice storms and drought have taken their toll on them.
Neighborhood resident Jenni Stolarski says she asked herself: Who is going to plant the next generation of trees?
“When you start to ask yourself who is going to do something, that means you have to do it,” she says.
So Stolarski founded ReTree Oak Cliff, which aims to plant 4,000 trees in Oak Cliff by 2016. The first planting is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Kings Highway. Volunteers will plant 300 trees in an event that has taken 15 months to plan.
The trees are free to homeowners who request them, but they are not free. Stolarski expects Saturday’s planting to cost about $10,000.
The trees come from Texas Trees Foundation, which provides a forester who consults on planting. The foundation also transports the trees and digs the holes.
Stolarski says ReTree Oak Cliff is “cobbling together the money.” The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League granted $2,500. Go Oak Cliff is matching the money raised during a fundraiser tonight at Eno’s. Some neighbors are helping with writing other grants. Neighbors have made donations, and even Stolarski’s mom, who lives in San Antonio, wrote a check.
Stolarski says she is in discussions with other Oak Cliff neighborhood associations for the next ReTree planting. It’s up to each neighborhood to raise the money and volunteers.
“It takes people committed to helping,” she says.