December 2021 Introduction The TxDOT Tribal Histories Project involves creating a set of geographic historical narratives of tribal presence in Texas through collaboration with participating Tribes. Taking a statewide approach, these histories will serve as resources to inform future statewide transportation planning, project development, tribal consultation activities, and public engagement by TxDOT. The following research …Read More
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Trees Work Hard in Our Environment!
Dallas area neighborhoods with mature trees can be up to 11 degrees cooler than new neighborhoods without trees. And, a one-degree rise in temperature equals a two percent increase in peak electricity consumption. Trees filter dust and toxic pollutants from the atmosphere and capture a wide range of smog-producing compounds such as ozone and carbon monoxide. One acre of trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide per year to offset emissions made by a car on a 26,000-mile road trip.”
What’s more, large trees remove 60-70 times more pollution than small trees. Sadly, only two percent of the Dallas tree population exceeds 24″ in diameter, which is difficult to hear. Consider this; a single, fully grown sycamore tree can transform 26 pounds of carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen in a year’s time.
Trees intercept rainwater, aiding soil absorption for gradual release into streams, all while preventing flooding, filtering toxins, and extending water availability into dry months when it is most needed! And, we all know that our city and rural forests are home to a wealth of wildlife that depends on trees for survival.
Almost every city in our country has recorded a drop in the number of trees because of development, pollution, disease, and neglect. Become an advocate for trees in your neighborhood — Our children deserve our best efforts to ensure a beautiful and healthy Dallas for generations to come.
The Texas Tree Advocacy Workbook
The Texas Tree Advocacy Workbook is a valuable tool for groups of like-minded individuals who want to preserve and protect our Earth’s natural assets for future generations to enjoy. Since 1995, the coalition has worked with grassroots organizations, city and county leaders/officials, public and private entities, and other institutions to preserve trees and urban forests …Read More
Tree-Killing Insect Confirmed in Dallas County
Published May 19, 2022 by Texas A&M Forest Service FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tree-killing insect confirmed in Dallas County COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The presence of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed this week in Dallas County. Dallas County will be added to the list of Texas jurisdictions under quarantine by the Texas Department …Read More
Tree Pruning: Art or Science
Published April 2, 2002 By Kevin Bassett Tree pruning is the most important aspect of tree care in the urban environment. Proper tree pruning eliminates deadwood, removes branches that conflict with other branches, and removes limbs that interfere with utility lines and homes. Pruning is also necessary to maintain proper clearances over sidewalks, streets, and …Read More
Why We Should Care About Trees
As published in Insight by North Central Texas Council of Governments September 2009 in the Regional Voices section. InSight Regional Voices – The Regional Voices column offers leaders from throughout the North Central Texas region an opportunity to share their views on the environment and development-related topics of interest to North Texans. To be considered …Read More
Invasive Beetles On Way to Dallas: Emerald Ash Borers Could Be Latest Threat to Trinity Forest
Dallas-Area Environmentalists Warn Invasive Beetle Could Be Latest Threat to Trinity Forest A dreaded beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer, has been found in North Texas, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s detected in Dallas, according to experts. By David Tarrant / January 14, 2021 For decades, Steve Houser could be counted on …Read More
Emerald Ash Borer in Denton
Published May 18, 2020 By DR. MIKE MERCHANT When Denton urban forester Haywood Morgan moved to Texas from Milwaukee, Wisconsin six years ago he thought he was leaving the devastating emerald ash borer behind. Instead the ash borer found him again. Morgan became reacquainted with EAB this month during a trip to look at some …Read More
Growth Conflicts: The Great Trinity Forest Dallas, Texas
Public-Private Commitments to Forest Recovery A Case Study by Callahan Seltzer Ecological Urbanism, Fall 2014Professor Anne Whiston SpirnMassachusetts Institute of Technology CASE STUDY OUTLINEABSTRACTINTRODUCTIONDALLAS: Where Four Landscapes MeetGROWTH PATTERNS: The Trinity Forest in Eras of Canalization, Suburbanization, and DegradationREMEDIATION: The Trinity River Audubon Center Analysis: Successes and ChallengesRECOVERY: The Trinity River Forest Management Plan Analysis: …Read More
Trees That Speak: Marked Trees That Revealed Resources to Nomadic Comanche Still Stand
BY JIMMY W. ARTERBERRY / SEPTEMBER 2018 The following article was written for Texas Co-op Power, an online community for members of Texas electric cooperatives. The use of trees to identify a location has always been important in the traditional life of the Comanche. In days of old, our ancestors would mark a tree, or …Read More
Neighborhood Forest Overlay Unanimously Approved by Dallas City Council
April, 2019 – TXHTC is happy to announce a GREAT addition to the tree and landscape ordinance for the City of Dallas. By using a Neighborhood Forest Overlay (NFO), homeowners will be able to preserve and protect large, older trees in their neighborhood. This is a pro-active measure we can take to protect our trees …Read More