State Arbor Day

State Arbor Day

Nov. 3, 2017 — GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Texans from across the state gathered today in Grand Prairie, Texas to celebrate the State Arbor Day and all the benefits trees provide to people and communities.

Festivities were held at Grand Central and featured an Arbor Day ceremony, educational activities, tree plantings and free tree adoptions. Participants included guest speaker Dan Lambe of the Arbor Day Foundation based in Nebraska City, Nebraska, 1,000 students from Grand Prairie ISD and the eclectic folk/rock band Trout Fishing in America.

Today’s celebration was themed Tree-Epic and was held at Epic Waters, the premier city health, wellness, recreation waterpark in the United States. Exhibiting an appreciation for the city’s urban forest, the park’s construction crews relocated more than 150 existing trees when developing the site, planted 250 new trees and plan to plant more in the future.

“Grand Prairie has larger-than-life commitment to urban forestry,” said Susan Henson, arborist with the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. “And we are honored to host the state Arbor Day celebration in such an epic way.”

Today’s celebration of trees also highlighted the importance of restoring the urban forest when communities are affected by natural disasters. In Texas, the most recent would be Hurricane Harvey.

According to Lambe, it will take everyone working together to restore community tree canopies affected by the hurricane. The Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program launched a campaign to help Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico restore urban forest canopies damaged and lost due to the recent hurricanes.

“The people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have suffered great personal and physical loss,” said Lambe. “By replanting, we strive to bring healing and hope to the people and the communities in which they live. Over time, these trees will restore the canopy and beauty to these cities.”

Learn how you can help by visiting arborday.org/hurricanes.

Texans unable to attend today’s Arbor Day event can still celebrate trees in their own communities.

Texas A&M Forest Service is making it easy for anyone, anywhere to participate in Arbor Day. We’ve provided tips online to help communities anywhere create a memorable Arbor Day, as well as educational activities for schools, groups and families to get outdoors and learn more about trees.

Please visit http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/arborday/ for ideas on how to host an Arbor Day ceremony. Here you can also find instructions on how to properly plant a tree and activities about the benefits of trees, tree parts and how to identify a tree by its leaves or structure – plus so much more.

About Arbor Day

J. Sterling Morton established the first Arbor Day in the United States more than 140 years ago. Now, it is observed throughout the nation, and in Texas we have been observing this holiday for 128 years. The official Texas State Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November.

Contacts:

Susan Henson, Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department, 817-521-1308, shenson@GPTX.org

Courtney Blevins, Texas A&M Forest Service, 817-879-3974, cblevins@tfs.tamu.edu

Texas A&M Forest Service Communications, 979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu

Fort Worth Celebrates Arbor Day

Fort Worth Celebrates Arbor Day

By Wes Culwell

Fort Worth Arbor Day was held on Friday, November 3, 2017 near the amphitheater at the entrance to the Lotus Marsh Boardwalk.  This was the first time that the Arbor Day celebration had been held at the FWNC&R.  It was a cloudy, cool morning, a relief from the previous days’ 90 degree temperatures.

City of Fort Worth Arbor Day

Fort Worth City councilman, Dennis Shingleton, read the Arbor Day Proclamation.  Melinda Adams, City Forester, presided over the ceremony.  Rachel McGregor of the Texas A&M Forest Service presented the City of Fort Worth the Tree City USA  Award and also the Growth  Award.  Fort Worth has received the Tree City USA designation for 39 consecutive years, more than any other city in Texas !  Fort Worth  has received the Growth Award for 17 consecutive years and is only one of eleven communities in Texas to receive the award. Qualifications for the Tree City Award requires a city to have a city forester, an arbor day and proclamation, and spend about $2 per capita on tree programs.  The Growth Award goes further requiring education and training programs, brochure publications and other tree awareness programs.

Rob Denkhaus, FWNC&R Manager, talked about the incredible diversity of tree species, soils and tree habitat at the Nature Center. He also discussed the important balance between trees and prairie lands at the Nature Center. Rob Also presented Melinda Adams a wooden bowl turned from a fallen tree at the Nature Center. The bowl had an interesting chain saw cut on the bowls side made by one of Melinda’s tree workers. Melinda is retiring and the presentation was to honor here many years helping Fort Worth become a great tree city. One of Melinda’s accomplishments is the creation of the Fort Worth Heritage Tree Program. Fort Worth leads Texas cities in the recognition of local historic trees. The program began in 2009 and now boasts a current list of over 70 designations which includes nearly 90 trees.

Five Heritage Tree designations were made this year and the Lake Worth area and the FWNC&R led the way. The Nature Center received its third program designation. A group of native Chinquapin Oaks, several quite large, located near the entrance of the Lotus Marsh Boardwalk became the newest designation. This added to the previous Ancient Post Oak Forest and the Regional Champion Green Ash recognitions.

The nomination of the Lotus Marsh Boardwalk Chinquapin Oaks was based on them being a significant tree species and the only native trees of their species in Fort Worth. Also, the historic Meandering Road, which passes by the boardwalk entrance and leads to the Eagle Mountain Lake dam area, exposed these trees around 1910. The CCC made road improvements in the 1930’s and the and the boardwalk was constructed in 1974, Current improvements and the plans for the boardwalk were also included.

Other Lake Worth trees recognized were the Mosque Point Live Oak, the Lake Worth Sailing Club Post Oak and the Casino Beach Ballroom Cottonwoods(2 ea.). The Royal Flying Corps Live Oak at Greenwood Cemetery was also designated.

 

 

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wes Culwell, Master Arborist, historic tree researcher, and FONC board member submitted most of the nominations. He received an ink pen made from the Chinquapin Oak at the boardwalk parking lot. In October, he received the Mary Loile Michie Arboreal Excellence Award from the Fort Worth Garden Center and the City of Fort Worth’s Forestry Department.

Citizen Foresters Plant Trees at Lake Grapevine

Citizen Foresters Plant Trees at Lake Grapevine

Citizen Foresters help with tree planting - Meadowmere Park

Citizen Foresters Melissa Carr (Denton), Karen Rice (Grapevine), and Bill Sargeant (Fort Worth) at the Meadowmere Tree Planting

On Saturday, November 12, 2017, three Citizen Foresters joined 27 other volunteers to plant 15 trees (sycamore, red oak, pecan, and dogwood) at the entrance area of Meadowmere Park, on Lake Grapevine.  This Grapevine Arbor Day event was hosted by Keep Grapevine Beautiful, a City of Grapevine agency.  High school and college students, along with parents, formed most of the participants. The weather on this cool and misty fall day was perfect for tree planting.

Volunteers use pickaxes to finish digging the last tree hole at Meadowmere Park.

Volunteers compete to finish digging the last tree hole.

The event culminated in the digging of a hole for planting the last tree: a sycamore. It was a friendly competition between girls and guys: the guys swinging a pick axe and girls handling shovels, both sweating it out to complete a two-foot-deep hole in the hard-caked soil (or perhaps it was rock?). By the time it was completed, both sides agreed it could not have been done without the team effort.

North Texas Giving Day 2017

North Texas Giving Day 2017

Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council is proud to be a part of North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event for people in North Texas to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the 16 county region around DFW. In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $156 million into the North Texas community. In 2016, more than 142,000 gifts totaling $37 million benefited 2,518 nonprofits.

From now until September 14, we want to spread news of this amazing event. We encourage everyone to brag about the great programs CTUFC provides our communities. We encourage all our members to donate and share our event information. If able to donate, know that a donation of $25 is able to receive additional funding. Here’s the really exciting part: Every gift made through North Texas Giving Day.org on September 14th helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000!

Our logo is a strong young post oak sprouting from an acorn surrounded and nurtured by the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council.  It represents the great things that can grow from humble beginnings when given the proper support.  Your contribution goes a long way in supporting that growth.

Our current objectives are: * Continue providing up to date, science based information to tree care professionals at an affordable annual conference * Support volunteer education and outreach through the Citizen Forester program * Fund the Mayfest Tree giveaway and * Develop community tree planting projects through partnership with local organizations * Expand our capabilities by hiring our first employee; a part time Executive Director.
With past donations, CTUFC.org, has got a face lift allowing us to  continue to nurture urban forestry programs and an awareness of our natural resources.  The museum quality eco-history traveling exhibit, “The Cross Timbers a Natural Wonder”, has spread even farther across communities, reaching visitors in schools, libraries and city halls.  The exhibit fosters an appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the Cross Timbers region.
CTUFC will once again be able to cultivate sound urban forestry practices by cohosting one of the least expensive yet highest quality workshops in the State, the North Central Texas Urban Forestry Workshop.  Local municipal foresters will grow stronger by attending workshops paid for by the Council.
College students of urban forestry at Stephen F. Austin State and Texas A&M will receive scholarships to diminish the burden of escalating education costs. All of this will be due to your support.  Your contribution will help us spread the roots of sound urban forestry throughout our 17 county region.  We appreciate your involvement and have hopes that you are able to glean all the benefits of a healthy urban forest for many years to come.  Thanks to your contribution, we can make it happen.

 

Or go to https://northtexasgivingday.org/ and search Cross Timbers Urban Forest Council.
Crosstimbers Annual Meeting

Crosstimbers Annual Meeting

Loyd Park, Grand Prairie

September 22, 2017

11 AM

 

Make plans to join us for our annual membership meeting.  Everyone is invited to have lunch, review the year that was and vote on a new Executive Committee.   After the business meeting, you can enjoy the hiking trails, rent a kayak or canoe, or make an evening of it by reserving a cabin or campsite.  Loyd Park is located on the western shore of Joe Pool Lake in south Grand Prairie. Admission if free just say you are with Cross Timbers, everyone will meet in Loyd Lodge.  Click on the map for more information about Loyd Park.

Let us know you are coming by registering on Eventbrite

North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day

Please Support Us!

Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council

To promote programs in the region to increase interest in urban and community forestry

Our current objectives are: • Continue providing up to date, science based information to tree care professionals at an affordable annual conference • Support volunteer education and outreach through the Citizen Forester program • Fund the Mayfest Tree giveaway and • Develop community tree planting projects through partnership with local organizations • Expand our capabilities by hiring our first employee; a part time Executive Director.
2018 Tree Conference

2018 Tree Conference

Just Announced 

2018 Urban Forestry Conference

February 1, 2018

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX. 76011

 The Crosstimbers Urban Forestry Council and Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council are teaming up with North Texas Nursery Growers for the 2018 conference.  This collaboration will allow attendees to continue to have the top notch class that everyone is accustomed to and access to North Texas Nursery Growers trade show.  More information coming soon.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer: The Ash Nightmare

By Rachel Murray

Many US cities are preparing for an Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis (EAB) invasion. The EAB is native to northern Asia, but was discovered in Michigan and Ontario in 2002. The adult EAB has a bright outer metallic green color, with copper colored abdominal. It is roughly half an inch long, and only one eighth of inch wide. The EAB larva is milky white with bell shaped segments. Since it is discovery it has spread to over 25 states and most of eastern Canada. The invasion continues to move west. Already 70 million ash trees have been infected and there is a chance of losing a large percentage ash trees in North America. East Texas has already been affected by the EAB. There is a chance that EABs will travel to the DWF metroplex.

You can easily identify if your tree has been infected or not. When an EAB larva bores in to an ash tree, they create a winding S shape path, called galleries. These galleries become visible when the bark begins to split. If your tree is infected, callous tissue will start to form causing the bark to become weak. Another thing to look out for is D shape holes. After they become an adult, the EAB exits the tree and create the hole. You can recognize if your tree has been infected by checking for the S shaped galleries and D shape holes. A citizen can also observe if the tree has been infected by watching for  epicormic shoots.  Epicormic shoots are small shoots that grow from previously dormant branches. If you can identify these factors on your tree, it is likely it has been infected and needs to be treated.

There is multiple ways for you to prevent the invasion of EAB. Most time if an ash tree gets infected it will die in 2-3 years. At this time it would be helpful for you to remove your tree and replace it with another species.  As a citizen you can also spray/inject pesticides for your ash tree. You will have to do this annually, but most the time is will protect your trees from the EAB. To reduce the spread of EAB larvae, do not bring any firewood or ash wood into the area. Even after a tree is cut down the EAB larva can survive and continue to infect the area. Also when you do store firewood, be sure to always keep it away from existing trees, in case of any other pests.

Being observant of signs and knowing the prevention’s can help us stay protected from the emerald Ash Borer.

Picture credits:

Arbor Day Foundation

Emeraldashborer.info

Its A Trees Life

Its A Trees Life

IT’S  A  TREE’S  LIFE!!

by Cheryl Bourne Netto – copyright  © June 2017

Have you ever given thought

To the benefits that are brought

By those majestic living statues that are trees?

We may take them for granted

Not knowing how they were planted,

Decorating outdoor space with such grace.

Summer landscapes would be boring

Without these giants with limbs soaring

Displaying a palette of magnificent hues.

Some stand like honor guards

On either side of great, long yards

Leading to grand estates and stately mansions.

A welcome haven for our feathered friends

Many a bough and branch surely lends

A cosy roosting place at the end of day.

Leafy crowns reach out to the sky

As if to touch clouds passing by

While oxygenating the air for our well-being.

Mahogany, teak, cedar, oak, maple and pine

Are some types of trees that we may find

Are used for crafting beautiful furniture pieces.

For Christmas trees the fir is preferred

And by children even perhaps revered

When sparkling with fairy lights and colored balls.

Graceful palms tower protectively over a tropical scene,

Evergreens persevere through the winter in green

Wispy willows weep until the autumn, it seems.

Paper, firewood, planks and housing material too

Are some other uses trees are put to,

Not least of all providing necessary shelter and shade.

There are so many useful purposes that trees serve

And for that much appreciation they deserve.

They are a natural resource which redounds to our benefit.

Providing food and employment while preventing soil erosion,

Shielding ultra-violet rays and cutting down noise pollution,

Without this vital natural resource what would we do?

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