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.

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 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,, 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.


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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

Its A Trees Life

Its A Trees 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?


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.