SCA & Southwest Airlines Kick Off Trinity River Conservation Corps

75 Volunteers & 15 Organizations Unite to Restore the Dallas Riverfront

On June 4th, SCA joined Southwest Airlines and 13 other partner organizations for the Inaugural Corporate Day of Service on the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas.

Southwest employees have been active in restoring the Trinity River Corridor for the past two years, working with the City of Dallas to support the ongoing process of eradicating invasives in the flood plain and seeding new native species that will grow and spread. Now, thanks to a three-year grant from Southwest to fund a Trinity River Conservation Corps, volunteers will be coming together for regular events throughout the year to conserve the Trinity River Corridor and Great Trinity Forest. And many other partners will be participating as well.

The Inaugural Corporate Day of Service got the partnership initiative off to a great start, with 75 participants hailing from Brinker International, Earth Day Texas, Ernst & Young LLP, Halff Associates, Hensel Phelps, JCPenney, Land Design, Mattress Firm, Mozzarella Company, Special Counsel, Third Coast Bank, and the Trinity Trust. Guided by SCA project leaders, volunteers carted out debris snagged in tree roots along the river, and pulled out masses of giant ragweed to make room for native species. Volunteers then planted native grasses and flowers —  wine cup, dewberry, and pink evening primrose — adding to the golden carpet of black-eyed susan and indian blanket already in bloom across the Dallas flood plain.

At lunchtime, with 1.5 tons of debris and invasives removed and 100 natives planted, volunteers came together to see which team had found the most unusual item during the morning of service. The competition entries included shopping carts, tires, golf balls, historic trail signs, and even tiny mollusk fossils found along the riverbank. (The winner? A gigantic teddy bear rescued from the floodwaters.) With this much enthusiasm for the restoration of the Trinity River Corridor, Southwest and SCA hope that many of the corporate volunteers who participated in this kick-off event will be back to do more work on the river throughout the season.