Great Trinity Forest
The Great Trinity Forest is lauded as the largest urban forest in the country and yet extreme damage has occurred with lack of proper environmental permits and oversight: 300 year old trees have been cut down, ponds drained, a huge pit dug for golf course soil use...etc. Would you support protecting the future use of the Great Trinity Forest by applying for an NPS National Natural Landmark status?
Lynn McBee - Did not respond.
Jason Villalba - Did not respond.
Scott Griggs - Yes, I support protecting the future of the Great Trinity Forest by applying for National Natural Landmark status. I have a commitment to our trees. When the Oak Cliff streetcar was built, I had City and TIF funds used to move and protect trees that were over 50 years old. When Beckley and Commerce was designed, I had the great old pecan tree saved and the road designed around the tree. More recently, I opposed Methodist Hospital rezoning effort to place a new fitness center in the middle of an established pecan grove.
Mike Ablon - Did not respond.
Miguel Solis - Yes, but I would like more information on the issue as I am able to receive it.
Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.
Regina Montoya - I’d like to learn a bit more of the National Natural Landmark status. I have talked with many people at our meet and greets about the Trinity. One of my biggest factors in weighing the future of this project is the impact on the local communities. While we want to create something that Dallas as a city can be proud of, we also want to balance that with the needs of the neighborhood most impacted. Let’s ensure we have recreation centers and parks that can be accessed not just by visitors, by neighborhood residents. It’s a problem in many parts of our city where local children who just want to play soccer, aren’t allowed to do that in some of our allotted green spaces. As we think of the future of the Trinity, let’s always keep in mind the local impact.
Eric Johnson - Did not respond.
Albert Black - Yes.
Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - Yes.
Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.
Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.
Chad West - Definitely – I love this idea!
Adam Medrano - Absolutely. That’s a really good idea.
Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.
Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.
Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.
Denise Benavides - Did not respond.
Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.
Charletta Rogers Compton - Yes, I would. I believe that everything in nature serves a useful purpose that protects us all from irreversible harm in healthful living. Maintaining an environmental balance is critical to our survival as humans.
Britannica Scott - Absolutely, there are millions of dollars that state and federal governments offices offer to local governments to preserve their environment. Also, there are local and national nonprofits who are engaged in preservations of forests and reducing pollution due to the lack of recycling, regulations, and other factors.
I would also create stronger ordinances that would prevent developers from disturbing protected forest and illegally polluting our lakes and ponds. To further preserve our forest, I would use certain funds to help clean and improve our park areas.
Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.
Carolyn King Arnold - I would need more research on this process before taking a position. I definitely want to take steps to protect the Great Trinity Forest for the sake of our citizens today and for future generations.
Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.
Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.
Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.
Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.
Jaime Resendez - A significant portion of The Great Trinity Forest is located in District 5. With thoughtful investment, the forest could become a fun, safe environment that would attract to our community new residents and visitors who value the environment and nature. I would consider applying for NPS National Natural Landmark status if it would protect and allow careful use of this great natural asset.
Ruth Torres - Yes, I would support measures to protect Great Trinity Forest including landmark status.
Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.
Omar Narvaez - What a fantastic idea, yes.
Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.
Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.
Adam Bazaldua - I support applying for NPS National Natural Landmark status 100%. I will work hard to help put these protections in place and maintain the forest at all costs. The Great Trinity Forest is a habitat for birds that don’t live anywhere else and a buffer for our low air quality. I will be the biggest champion for all environmental issues and will keep the line of communication open with organizations such as the DGA to help give a platform to the goals and messages that are important.
Kevin Felder - Yes. We must protect our forest and the trees that inhabit them. Creating a National Natural Landmark status for the trees in the Great Trinity Forest is a smart idea.
Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.
Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.
Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.
Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.
Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.
Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.
Tennell Atkins - Yes, I will support seeking Natural Landmark status for the Great Trinity Forest, much of which is in District 8.
Erik Wilson - Yes, I would.
Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.
Erin Moore - Yes. The NNL status is not a guarantee of protection but it does give extra consideration to preservation of the unique characteristics of an area. I would also support environmental impact studies on any future projects such as trails and require an environmental oversight committee for the project.
Sarah Lamb - Natural Landmark status is certainly worth exploring. The unique history and topography of the Trinity River has left us with an opportunity to preserve a swath of truly “wild” green space in closer proximity to our city than any other urban area I know of in the country. And the reality is that, despite some of the half-baked ideas that have come out of our government of late, commercial development of the Trinity (especially for a toll road!) doesn’t make much sense. So I’m in favor of protecting it as a park space, with the sort of minimal development (low-impact paths and trails, a few carefully planned access points, etc.) of the sort that we typically have in state and national parks to allow the public to enjoy it. If Natural Landmark status is the best way to get there, I’m for it. And reaching beyond the Trinity Forest, we need to prioritize and protect our city’s public green spaces, prairie lands, lakes, and urban forest from damage and commercialization.
Paula Blackmon - I support protecting The Great Trinity Forest in all aspects because it is the largest urban forest in the country. At this time, I am not fully versed on the process to apply nor the effects for the NPS National Natural Landmark so unable to comment at this time.
Sirrano Keith Baldeo - I would be in support of such an application. This also sounds like something I would like to personally look into.
D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes. Not only would Dallas be more beautiful with this natural resource restored, but the economic viability of Dallas as a desirable place to live depends on improving our green space and urban recreation and walkability. The Great Trinity Forest is vital to the identity Dallas could have and I support its renewal and protection. This opportunity will also create space for environmental scientists and urban forestry experts to either stay in Dallas when they would have otherwise had to move their expertise elsewhere, or it will attract expertise that is not currently here.
Adam McGough - Did not respond.
Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.
Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.
Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - Having visited the Great Trinity Forest numerous times, I want to see measures taken to protect this wonderful asset. An NPS National Natural Landmark status would be great, but since it might take time to cut through what can be a lengthy process, I want a more immediate measure – such as a city protective order. I worked on the re-write of Article X (Dallas Landscape and Tree Ordinance) and am acutely aware of the dangers to the Trinity Forest. Immediate action is needed now.
Cara Mendelsohn - Yes.
Daniel Powell - Yes, I would support applying for the NPS National Natural Landmark status for the Great Trinity Forest. However, obtaining that designation does not impose any land-use restrictions on the area. Participation in the NNL program is voluntary and the status could simply be lost if changes to the area destroy the aspects of the land that caused it to win the designation in the first place. Therefore, I would diligently monitor any plans for the area to make sure that we preserve the natural habitat to the greatest extent possible.
Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.
Laura Miller - Did not respond.
Philip T. Kingston - Absolutely. That’s the best idea I have heard.
David Blewett - We stumbled into the Forest avoiding destruction. Now it is a resource we need to protect. I would support Landmark status.
Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving ! Others talk it. I live it.