Protecting the Past to Enrich the
One day in 1980, Bobby Scott took a walk in the
woods and discovered the past - Spring Creek Forest. The pristine
bottomland forest in the floodplain of Spring Creek was a haven of
towering trees and unusual wildflowers on the edge of a dynamic North
Garland community. Early settlers, who cut most of the timber around
streambeds a century ago, left Spring Creek untouched. Mr. Scott knew
that it was unique; and when he showed it to city officials in 1982,
they agreed. With the help of Dallas County and the State of Texas,
Garland began its efforts to protect the relic forest of
Chinquapin, Bur, and Shumard oaks. Many of these trees, 100-300 years old, soared to
heights of 100 feet on trunks four feet thick.
Scientists found that not only was the
forest type unique, but so were the wildflowers. The delicate Solomon's
seal, not previously known to occur in the Dallas area, flourished in
the forest. A large population of trout lily grew abundantly there.
Visitors today continue to express awe at the forest's natural
treasures. Gary Powell (formerly with the Texas Department of Water Resources)
some of the rare plants in the forest that have never been
screened could prove to contain biochemicals for
lifesaving medicines. John White of The Nature Conservatory believes,
"It is very unlikely that any other forest like the one along Spring
Creek exists in the nation." Over 650 species of plants & animals have
been observed. This does not include dragonflies, spiders, mites,
beetles, ants and a host of other organisms. Scientists,
conservationists, and nature buffs alike agree this place must be
preserved as a biological museum to be used for study and enjoyment. The
Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest has been established to
ensure that it is.
The Society's goals are simple:
• To promote the preservation and protection of Spring Creek
Forest as a cultural and natural resource treasure.
• To facilitate scientific and educational pursuits by the public.
The Society's responsibilities are more complex:
• To maintain nature trails, an interpretive center, and parking lot.
• To plan activities, such as school ecology classes, ecological and
plant research, and nature interpretation.
• To provide guided tours.
• To guard against vandalism in the forest.
Meeting these goals and responsibilities is possible, but not without
help from concerned citizens. Because of the faltering economy, state
and local funds to support the preservation project have dwindled
dramatically. For these reasons, the Society needs people like you who
know that protecting precious natural resources such as Spring Creek
Forest is not a luxury, but a necessity.
To receive more information on Preservation Society membership and
Spring Creek Forest, call 972-205-2750. To become a member, print, fill
out, and mail this form. With your help, the Preservation Society for
Spring Creek Forest can continue protecting the past to enrich the
"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water
exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or
a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple
life." John Burroughs