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

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 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.


Susan Henson, Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department, 817-521-1308,

Courtney Blevins, Texas A&M Forest Service, 817-879-3974,

Texas A&M Forest Service Communications, 979-458-6606,

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.

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.

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.