Forestry Scholarship

Forestry Scholarship

Every year the Cross Timber’s Urban Forester Council helps student fulfill there forestry career dreams by giving scholarships.  We give out 2 scholarships in total for $1000 each.  Each scholarship recipient is required to complete an application that states need, forestry goals, and how they plan on helping the urban forest in Texas.

 

The following is a letter from one of our recipients.

May 3, 2017

Mr. Gareth Harrier
Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council
11376 Kline Dr.
Dallas, TX 75229

Dear Mr. Gareth Harrier,

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity, which has allowed me to focus on my course load without worrying about financial matters.

As I complete my education at Stephen F. Austin University, I am very thankful for receiving your thoughtful gift. Because of your scholarship, I will achieve my goal of a college degree in urban forestry.

Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.

Sincerely,

Laura Glenn

Senior – Urban Forestry

Texas Tree Legislation

Texas Tree Legislation

Article written by
Richard Alles, Forests/Trees Conservation Leader

Alamo Group of the Sierra Club

(210) 494-2088

alamosierraclub@gmail.com

www.alamosierraclub.org

 

Bills Would Reduce Tree Mitigation Requirements Across Texas

Two bills in the Texas Legislature would reduce tree mitigation standards for new development. SB 744 and its identical companion bill, HB 2052, would preempt mitigation standards in all 77 local tree ordinances across the state.

In a nutshell, the bills allow builders and developers to plant fewer trees or pay less mitigation fees than are currently required. The bills were written by the Texas Association of Builders (TAB).

Where are the bills today (on 4-13-17)?

SB 744 was passed unanimously by the Senate. HB 2052 is awaiting a public hearing in the House Committee on Urban Affairs. This hearing will likely occur April 18th or 25th.

Lack of opposition in the Senate results from an agreement among major cities, TX Municipal League and TAB. Cities agreed to drop opposition to the bills in exchange for TAB’s pledge not to move the tree clearcutting bills.

These “clearcutting” bills would allow developers to clearcut trees, even old heritage trees, and strip most of the authority cities currently have to regulate tree removal. For reference, the clearcutting bills are SB 782 & its companion HB 2535 by Bill Zedler (R-Arlington), SB 898, and SB 1082 by Konni Burton (R-Fort Worth).

Who can I contact?

There are two Representatives from the DFW area on the House committee:

Rep. Jeff Leach | email | Austin office phone: (512) 463-0544

Rep. Bill Zedler | email | Austin office phone: (512) 463-0374

You can contact your state Senator and Representative by entering your address at Who Represents Me?

What is tree mitigation?

Municipalities typically require tree mitigation to compensate for excessive and/or unnecessary tree removal from development sites. It can take many forms, but the most common are payment of fees into a tree planting fund or replanting of new, smaller trees.

Standards vary widely among municipalities. In San Antonio, mitigation is required when more than 65% of trees larger than 6” diameter are removed for a new residential subdivision. In addition, every heritage tree (larger than 24” trunk diameter) removed must be mitigated. Mitigation is not required for any trees removed for streets, easements or rights-of-way.

Citizen Forester Report

Citizen Forester Report

First Quarter 2017 CTUFC Newsletter
Citizen Forester Report
By David Coke

The Citizen Forester Liaison to the CTUFC Board resigned in January.  The Citizen Forester Leadership has presented to the Board a revisited the definition of that position and is working on finding a replacement.  We thank Camille Drinan for all of her contributions to the Citizen Forester program and to the CTUFC Board.  We wish her well in all of her future endeavors.

Patsy Miller has accepted the position of Arlington Citizen Forester Coordinator and is already working with the Arlington Forestry staff and others to bring more activities to the Arlington area.

The first quarter of 2017 was busy.  Eleven Citizen Foresters attended the CTUFC annual convention, eighteen attended the First Quarter Citizen Forester Meeting, and Denton’s Citizen Forester Training session has twenty two students.

Citizen Foresters aided by Fort Worth Botanic Garden volunteers, pruned The Grove and over the parking lot behind The Gardens Restaurant in January.  We also pruned trees on the south side of Lancaster west of the old Post Office in January.  The next time you are in the Botanic Gardens or in the south of downtown Fort Worth be sure to admire the work done at those locations.

Citizen Foresters also aided at the Arlington Tree Farm and at the Fort Worth Tree Farm.

The Citizen Foresters contributed a total of over 171 hours of volunteer time and continuing education time during the first quarter of 2017.

Local Celebrations

Local Celebrations

Local Events

TCC South East Campus Arbor Day Celebration

April 28,2017 10am-1pm

TCC celebrates Arbor Day and Tree Campus USA with a fun filled celebration which includes- 250 Free Trees, Education, Food Trucks, Music, Chalk the Walk contest, Ceramics Contest,Scholarships for Contest Winners, Cookies and Drinks.

May 4th-7th

Mayfest is the biggest party in Fort Worth! Four days of live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, pet adoptions, more than 60 Art and Gift Market vendors, free children’s activities, special attractions – the list goes on and on! Held on the first weekend in May on 33 glorious acres in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, Mayfest is one event you won’t want to miss!

Mayfest is produced by Mayfest, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization. The proceeds from each year’s festival are given back to the community in support of programs from three of Mayfest’s founding organizations – The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., Streams & Valleys, Inc., and The City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services. Mayfest, Inc. is proud to have given back more than $7.1 million to benefit the city of Fort Worth and it’s citizens. https://www.mayfest.org/

April 21 – 23 Fair Park Dallas, TX

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world. 

This three-day free event is held in April to celebrate progress, hope, and innovation and is the largest event in the world of its kind. Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions. Earth Day Texas creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning while encouraging attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world.   http://earthdaytx.org/#engage

WILDLIFE LEGISLATION

WILDLIFE LEGISLATION

LANDMARK WILDLIFE LEGISLATION

In July 2016, Congressman Don Young introduced HR 5650, entitled “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2016.”  The bill, which is the result of a three-year process by wildlife and industry representatives (the “Blue Ribbon Panel”), says that diverse fish and wildlife populations are vital to our nation’s infrastructure and economy.  It is in the interest of our country “to retain for present and future generations… a wide variety of fish and wildlife, to recover species of fish and wildlife…and to prevent fish and wildlife species from declining to the point of requiring Federal protection.”

The Blue Ribbon Panel represents the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and state fish and wildlife agencies.  The panel recommend funding solutions and Congressional policy options for delivering sustained conservation funding to help maintain a balance between natural resource diversity and natural resource-based enterprise.

HR 5650 was introduced as a “marker bill” designed to start conversations, begin planning, assemble partners in the Congress and in the nation, and create a placeholder for similar legislation to be introduced in the next session of Congress.   When the new session of Congress reconvenes, Mr. Young will reintroduce this legislation, and a member of the U.S. Senate will do the same.  After the reintroduction, expected in the spring of 2017, the legislature will have about 20-22 months to consider and vote on the bill.

What does the bill say?  There is a current fee that is paid by energy corporations that explore or produce energy (fossil fuels and renewables) on offshore and federally- owned land.  That fund generates about $12 billion annually, which goes into the general treasury.  HR 5650, if passed, would dedicate $1.3 billion from that revenue source towards sustaining our most imperiled species.  The money would be required to be spent on Species of Greatest Conservation Need and mandates that state fish and wildlife agencies are the appropriate stewards of those funds.  These agencies would work with the conservation community in their states to implement the Wildlife Action Plan.  In Texas, that plan is called the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP), and was developed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

But what can it be used for?  These funds can only be used to implement the Texas Conservation Action Plan, which provides a roadmap to recover more than 1,300 imperiled species in Texas.  It includes both imperiled species and sensitive habitats, and lists the major threats to each of these.  These funds, if passed, could also be used for education, outreach, technical guidance, land management, land acquisition, conservation easements, research, and wildlife-based recreation, as long as these activities benefit Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Organizations that would like to bring this message to their members can request newsletter articles and in-person presentations from the True to Texas Wildlife Coalition.  Contact Karly Robinson at K.Robinson@teamingtxwildlife.com.

from an article by Richard  Heilbrun, Certified Wildlife Biologist, TPWD, San Antonio, TX

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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.

For Conference Details Click here

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.

Engineered

Watering

Solutions

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

 

If you would like to be on the waiting list or need more information, Click Here
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