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Fort Worth named a Tree City USA — again

Posted Nov. 6, 2018

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Celebrating Fort Worth's long-running tenure as a Tree City USA are Rachel McGregor, staff forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service; Park Board members Ann Stetson, LaShanda Davis, Jeffrey Davis; Richard Zavala, Park & Recreation Department director; Jim Doherty, Park Board chair; Dan Villegas, Matt Dufrene, Walter Dansby; and city forester Rustin Stephens.

Fort Worth was again named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Fort Worth is the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas, a designation the city first received in 1978.

Fort Worth achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forest budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Fort Worth also received the Tree City USA Growth Award, which highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.

Fort Worth has promoted sound urban forestry practices since 1873, when the city charter declared it illegal to hitch a horse to a tree. The city hired its first arborist in the 1920s.

The Forestry Section of the Park & Recreation Department plays an important role in continuing Fort Worth’s green legacy. Forestry plants and maintains trees, as well as gives residents the skills they need to care for the city’s urban forest.

Forestry crews also ensure the safety of residents by removing hazardous limbs and trees on city property, and by responding after storms to clear debris and other hazards from city streets.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

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