2017 Urban Forestry Conference

2017 Urban Forestry Conference


The Crosstimbers Urban Forestry Council and Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council would like to thank The Summit and the City of Grand Prairie for hosting our 2017 Urban Forestry Conference.

This was a great conference with almost 200 in attendance, 14 sponsors and 6 speakers.

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Thank you to all of our speakers

Elden LeBrun with Bartlett Tree Care, Guy LeBlanc with Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Dave Appel with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Darrell Downey with Engineered Watering Solutions, Matt Klippstein with Husqvarna and John Giedraitis with ISAT.

We would also like to thank all of our sponsors, who make this conference possible.




Arbor Vitae

Tree Care

Guy LeBlanc

Bronze Leaf Award Recipients

Bronze Leaf Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of our Bronze Leaf Award winners, Thank you for your tireless efforts enhancing and preserving the Urban Forest.

Micah Pace, Preservation Tree – State of the Denton Urban Forest project

Micah Pace, Preservation Tree Services Urban Forester, spent the summer of 2016 studying the area trees, their effects on the environment, and how they impact the community around Denton, Texas. Data was collected, analyzed, and  reported to include how we understand the urban forest’s structure, function, and associated value.   The study found Denton currently has 3.5 million trees that impact not only the aesthetic value of the area, but also the economic development, home & property values, and how residents live, work and play in Denton. Press Release: Dallas, TX – (1/9//2016)


The story of the renewed effort in Citizen Forestry and the change in the organization from David Coke:

We held a Quarterly Meeting at Henrietta’s Orchid back in the fall of 2015.  We were sitting in the shade eating lunch after the meeting and Wanda was asking Camillle about how Citizen Foresters were organized and what her role was.  Wanda had recently completed the training in Grapevine and was just trying to figure out how she’d get in her volunteer time and get the needed CEUs as well as who was responsible for what.  What she heard was that things weren’t well organized and she’d have to take the lead on her own volunteer time fulfillment.  Wanda then took the lead on identifying a group to work on improving the organization of the Citizen Foresters and improving the way we worked on enhancing the urban forest while making it easier to get in our volunteer hours.  It was her doggedness and refusal to accept the way things were that caused all that to happen.  She spent a lot of time getting Volgistics up and going, getting the committee together, the organization figured out, and getting people in the identified roles.

Lauren Barker, Keep Denton Beautiful – Multiple tree programs/projects

Currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. (KDB) has worked to established itself as one of Denton’s key resources for tree planting and community tree programs. Over the years, KDB has focused heavily on providing free tree planting resources, and educating the community about the importance of trees – not just for community beautification, but for improving Denton’s overall health and quality of life. KDB is one of the most “tree focused” Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates in the state. This is mostly due to Executive Director Lauren Barker who’s passion for trees and community forestry has lead KDB to be one of the states non-profit leaders in community forestry. Under Lauren direction KDB has accomplished the following in the past few years.

In the last 10 years alone, KDB community forestry programs have helped plant and distribute an estimated 31,000 trees throughout Denton. KDB’s longest-running tree programs, such as the Community Tree Giveaway – which gives away around 700 free trees per year to Denton residents – and the Denton Redbud Festival, Denton’s official Arbor Day celebration, demonstrate the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and growing the community’s urban forest. KDB is responsible for re-certifying Denton through the Tree City USA Program, currently in its 26th year, and the community has also received the Arbor Day Growth Award for nine consecutive years.

In 2015, KDB worked to expand its role as a leader in community forestry by partnering with the City of Denton to introduce the Denton Tree Initiative, an ambitious campaign that aims to dramatically increase tree planting and tree education in the city over a period of three years. The six programs and projects that comprise the Denton Tree Initiative use the same grass-roots, volunteer-driven program model that Keep Denton Beautiful has so successfully implemented over its 30 years in the Denton community. The programs provide free trees, tree education, tree planting incentives, and other resources in exchange for a commitment from community members to do one simple thing: plant and care for a tree at home, at school, or at their place of work. In the first year and a half of the Denton Tree Initiative (fall 2015 to present), 424 new trees have been planted; programs have provided free tree education for 526 participants; and nearly 300 rebates have been issued for residents and businesses planting qualified trees. These numbers are in addition to the more than 2,000 free trees and numerous education opportunities KDB offers annually.

Most recently KDB partnered with the city forestry dept and Preservation tree to conduct an extremely in-depth iTree Eco analysis of the urban forest resource in the city. This monumental document has recently been published as “The State of the Denton Urban Forest” and will soon be available on the KDB website


City of Grand Prairie – 2016 Arbor Day Ceremony

  • Grand Prairie was recognized as the second oldest Tree City USA in Texas, celebrating 33 years
  • Arbor Day 2016 was held at Kirby Creek Nature Center and there were 675 – 4th & 5th Grade students from Marshal and Austin Elementary Schools who attended and visited the 18 informational booths that were set up for a day of environmental learning.
  • There were educational booths from the Texas Forest Service, Corp of Engineers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Summit Garden Club, GPISD environmental students and many of the City of Grand Prairie Departments just to mention a few of the 18 booths.
  • The day started out with the Arbor Day Ceremony which included Mayor Jensen reading the proclamation and the Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Forester Courtney Blevins presenting the City with our Tree City USA designation. This year was our 33rd year as a Tree City and we are the second oldest Tree City USA in the state of Texas!
  • The ceremony was followed by the traditional planting of the Arbor Day Tree and then the fun began
  •  The children received environmental information, activities and trinkets at each of the 18 booths and they all went home with a        free Texas Red Oak tree seedling along with instructions on how to plant. The day ended with a very nice lunch provided by            GPISD. Everyone had a wonderful educational fun filled day that all will remember!
Big Tree Tour

Big Tree Tour

Our Tree Tour is Full

Tour of Famous Trees of North Texas

April 29, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fort Worth Heritage Trees and Big Champion Trees
Tour Guide Courtney Blevins, CF, CA -Wes Culwell, BCMA


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9:45 Sam Houston Campsite Oak, FToT, 1842.  Grapevine Springs Park in Coppell.  Here, Republic of Texas President Sam Houston negotiated with about a dozen Indian tribes and forged the first treaty between the Rep. of TX and the Indians.    Great tree and the flare looks like a huge garlic bulb.  Wonderful rolling hills park with multiple springs and rock work done by the WPA. ON SITE: Parkinson Diary of the event, Jesse Chisholm influence.

10:40 Parker Oaks, FToT, 1855.  Along Hwy10 just east of E820.  The trees overlook the Trinity River and located next to the Parker Family Cemetery.  The dogtrot house that sat here, the Isaac Parker Cabin, is the oldest structure in Tarrant County, about 1845, and is now located at Log Cabin Village.

ON SITE: Log Cabin Village book that has a photo showing our two trees off the front corner of the house.  Cynthia Ann Parker came here after her recapture.  Will tell her story when here.

11:20 Traders Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1849, Henry Clay Daggett and Archibald Franklin Leonard built a log cabin trading post, Fort Worth’s first, below this tree.  It was located 1 mile from the fort so they could do business with the military. Tarrant County’s first election (1850) was held below this tree and Birdville was chosen as the county seat and built a courthouse.

ON SITE:  How Fort Worth became the county seat.

12:50 Turners Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1866.  Texas Rangers Captain Charles Turner was one of the five men Sam Houston chose to determine the location of the new Fort, Fort Worth.  Capt. Turner was a founding father of Fort Worth and settled where Greenwood Cemetery is today.  He became the beef quartermaster in the Civil War and coordinated with local ranchers to provide beef for the soldiers.  He was asked to convert his gold into Confederate currency.  Instead, he hid his gold beneath this tree and used it for Ft. Worth reconstruction after the war.

2:00 Tannahill Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1854.  Two story rock dogtrot with walls 20” thick from stones gathered on the property, 1874. The home is still occupied.  Post Office.  County Judge during the Civil War.  First stagecoach stop west of FW and along the world’s longest stagecoach route in the world in the late 1870’s.  The canopy is much smaller than normal.  Appears a bad tornado broke off many of the major limbs many years ago.  Cavities were filled with mortar which resulted in huge swellings where the limbs once were.  Very interesting tree and the house isn’t too bad either.  ON SITE: Tree wounds with mortar, exterior house viewing.

2:45 State Champion Black Willow, FWHT, This tree became state champion a few years ago when the current champion(White Rock Lake) suffered severe storm damage and was removed.

3:10 Civilian Conservation Corps Post Oaks, FWHT’s, 1934-1937.  The “Tree Planters” planted over 3 billion trees.  They built 800 state parks in the US, 48 in Texas.  They developed four national forests in Texas: Davy Crockett, Angelina, Sam Houston and Sabine.  There are three trees, two with some incredible galls up and down the trunk.  Rock memorial with an overhead photo showing the camp layout.  The base of the water tower and the flagpole area can be seen onsite.

ON SITE: Memorial, Camp Layout, tree galls.

3:45 Charbonneau Live Oak at 199 and Azle Ave., no official designations. This tree enjoys more notoriety than any tree in the area.  Mr. William F. Charbonneau (1900-1965) was a very generous man and donated the land for all Lake Worth Schools and most of the churches.  He was a Harvard Law School graduate and raised Percheron horses, large draft type horses.

ON SITE: Viewing of this incredible tree

Return to the parking area by 4:15-4:30