The Alamo River Walk and all five of San Antonio missions will soon be connected by an 8-mile recreational trail managed by the Alamo Area Council of Governments. However, many areas along the trail were denuded of trees by river channeling and by record breaking floods in October 1998. This project incorporated a linear canopy of native trees and shrubs along the trail. The tree canopy will offer significant shade from the intense Texas sun, enhance the beauty of the area and create an important path for bird migration through the city. The ultimate goal of this project is to implement the principles of cooler and greener cities by making the area more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Many organizations participated in this project, including San Antonio Trees, City Public Service, Tesoro Petroleum Corporation, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Forest Service, Bexar County Master Gardeners, National Parks Service, City of San Antonio, Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority and State of Texas.
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