Tree Plan and Cedar Infestation
Lakeway, TX, USA: Parks & Trails
Trees are considered by almost all to be a major component of parks, particularly nature themed parks such as Lakeway City Park. As with almost all of the Texas Hill Country, Ashe Juniper, a.k.a. Cedar, heavily infested this park when the property was first purchased by the City of Lakeway. Cedars aggressively compete for the limited rainfall and scarce moisture resources in the Texas Hill Country and are a known detriment to other native tree species and native grasses. While cedars are an essential component of the native Hill Country landscape; the remaining native trees species and native grasses in the City Park were suffering from the heavy cedar infestation.
To improve the long term health of the non-cedar native species in City Park, the Parks and Recreation Commission commissioned a study and Treeplan to improve the diversity of native species in City Park. The adopted Tree Plan and its references can be reviewed by clicking on the links below.
Thanks to the vision of the Parks and Recreation Department in implementing the Treeplan and the countless volunteers who contributions thousands of hours in voluntary labor, cedars infestation in City Park has been mitigated. The non-cedar native tree population is now healthy and thriving providing invaluable shade in the hot summer months. The native grasses in City Park are also diverse and robust. The volunteers also assisted with erosion control through construction of silt-rock fences, and restoration of the native landscape. Erosion control is critical in topsoil retention for healthy wildflowers. In the Wildflower Meadow there are vibrant wildflowers and a year-a-round diversity of different species.