WINDCREST, Texas - Ten incoming seniors from Roosevelt High School have spent the last couple of weeks of their summer break doing something that's never done before. They're cataloging trees.
The teens have spent a total of 1,200 hours (120 hours each) tagging trees in Windcrest and cataloging their value and condition. The information collected will be entered into a computer program which will help the City of Windcrest create a five-year master plan for its parks and green spaces
Jake Walsh, who is directing the project, says the trees in Windcrest are worth an estimated $5 million.
“Annually, they produce about $51,000 worth of benefits to the community -- from shade to air cleaning,” explained Walsh.
In all, the teens cataloged more than 1,800.
This is the first year of the project, but the plan is to make the event an annual thing.