Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council offers interactive programs throughout the year.  The core of all programs is to further our mission and goals.


Promote programs in the region to increase interest in Urban & Community Forestry.

  • Promote a sustainable urban forest in our region
  • Provide educational opportunities for local arborists, Citizen Foresters and the public
  • Support municipal forestry programs

Citizen Forester

The Citizen Forester program presents a wonderful opportunity for individuals to become skilled at planting, pruning, and maintaining trees in an urban environment. It also provides interested persons with the chance to get involved with local city and county agencies and help their community take care of its public trees. The program has been active for 10 years and has graduated over 150 volunteers to dedicate their time to their communities.

Interested in becoming a Citizen Forester?

North Central Texas Urban Forestry Conference

A compelling conference covering – THE EVOLUTION OF:

  • Pruning Practices
  • Tree Climbing
  • Insect/Disease Management
  • Irrigation
  • Saws
  • Urban Forestry
  • and more!

Learn More about the 2017 Conference


CTUFC collaborates with Bartlett Tree Experts and the City of Fort Worth to provide 2,000+ FREE trees to visitors at the annual Mayfest event. The tree seedlings provided are native to the Cross Timbers eco-region & are drought-tolerant.




The Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council awards a scholarship to students at Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University. The award is a $1000 scholarship to aid promising students interested in careers in urban forestry:

  • The $1000 must be given to one student and not broken into smaller scholarships.
  • The faculty at each university will recommend the scholarship recipient to the appropriate academic unit scholarship committee.
  • The promising student should have a 3.0 GPA (4 point scale) or higher and be in good standing with the university. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.
  • The student receiving the scholarship must be majoring in urban forestry.
  • Preference will be given to junior and senior level students from DFW area or who intend on working in DFW area, though all undergraduate students are eligible. Preference will also be given to those students who are not receiving other urban forestry scholarships.

The Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council is awards these scholarships each spring semester. Click here to find out more information.

Traveling Display

Rentable Traveling DisplayThe exhibit briefly explains the natural and cultural history of the Cross Timbers region.  It covers wildlife, flora, human history and geology.  The exhibit is accompanied by free professionally-produced brochures that explain the Cross Timbers region in greater detail.  The information is based on the book “The Cast Iron Forest” by Richard Francaviglia.

“A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers cover large portions of southeastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and north central Texas.  Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers were considered a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened up the region to farmers, ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways.

This landmark book describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and interprets the role that people have played in transforming the region.  Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region’s geography, geology, vegetation, and climate.  He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today’s ever-expanding cities and suburbs.  Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text.

Richard V. Francaviglia is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington.”

Eco Excursions

Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council offers several eco-excursions throughout the year.  We focus on outdoor activities such as biking, bird-watching, canoeing, hiking, backpacking and camping in the Cross Timbers region; usually staying in Texas.  Occasionally, trips may be planned into Oklahoma.  Check out our Eventbrite Calendar for upcoming eco-excursions.