Barton Springs Trees – The Next Steps

As you have probably read, the city is planning on only cutting down three trees out of the original 28 planned, with 2 more that need further investigation.  The remaining number will be pruned, soil treated and other improvements, including removal of planters, retaining walls, fencing off some of the treated trees to keep the soil uncompacted.  The city has some funds (a little less than $200,000) to do some of the work, and we – the Austin Parks Foundation – are teaming up with TreeFolks, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, the Hill Country Conversancy and hopefully others – to work with the city to raise funds for more work and bring volunteers to help with work.  We heard yesterday that the Stillwater Foundation has granted us $50,000 for tree work at Barton Springs and in other parks to help older trees with soil improvements, specialized pruning, cabling and more.  We are pleased to have over $152,000 to add to the city’s funds, but we need more donations and we hope that you’ll contribute.  You can donate online or call us at 512.477.1566

Photo from the Austin History Center

Photo from the Austin History Center