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Fort Worth named a Tree City USA — again

Posted April 5, 2017

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Trinity Park, with its redbuds and oak trees, is a popular site for weddings and family outings.

Fort Worth was named a 2016 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.

The city also received a 2016 Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

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.

“Trees provide multiple benefits to our community when they’re properly planted maintained,” said city forester Melinda Adams. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”

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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