Arbor Day: Planting for our future


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

–Chinese proverb

Luminant mines have, on average, planted 1.4 million trees every year since 1995, including these on reclaimed land at the Oak Hill Mine near Tyler.

Luminant mines have, on average, planted 1.4 million trees every year since 1995, including these on reclaimed land at the Oak Hill Mine near Henderson.

At EFH, our roots run deep when it comes to planting trees, from reclamation efforts at Luminant to community programs at TXU Energy to initiatives across the organization.

Since 1974, Luminant, our power generation business, has reclaimed more than 75,000 acres to pasture, forests, wildlife habitat and water resources between 1971 and 2013, including 2,300 acres in 2013, and planted nearly 35 million trees on reclaimed mined land, including more than 1.5 million trees in 2013. In fact, Luminant annually plants more trees on reclaimed land than any other mine operator in the United States, according to the Federal Office of Surface Mining, with about 60 percent of the acres reclaimed each year being reforested.

Although recognized by the American Tree Farm System as a certified Tree Farm since 1996, Luminant’s reclaimed forestlands now meet new Tree Farm certification requirements, including stricter international standards of sustainable forest management. With a combined 30,714 acres now certified as Tree Farm, Luminant joins an elite group of woodland owners who are committed to sustainably managing their renewable forests resources while protecting environmental, economic and social benefits.

Luminant continually improves the quality of its reforestation efforts through research, field trials and application of improved techniques in the reclamation process. With the development of reliable seedling sources, tree-planting techniques and forestry maintenance practices, quality reforestation has increased significantly on Luminant mined lands.

But it’s not just mined sites that get new trees. Since 2002, TXU Energy has partnered with Texas Trees Foundation to sponsor the nation’s largest nonprofit urban tree farm, with the capacity to produce more than 7,000 trees per planting season. Public properties across the state have been revitalized with more than 190,000 trees. The cities of Odessa and Coppell recently received hundreds of trees for local beautification projects.

Our people get involved, too, logging thousands of volunteer hours to plant trees in our communities, including, most recently, dozens of trees in the City of Henderson’s Lake Forest Park, more than 150 around White Rock Lake in Dallas and 200 trees to replace those affected by drought in Houston’s Herman Brown Park.

“What we do today is an investment for tomorrow,” says Janette Monear, president and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation. “We are planting trees for our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren. When you bring people together, they are investing in their community to have a long and positive effect on the environment and enhance the quality of life for generations to come.”

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