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Fort Worth celebrates Arbor Day

Posted Nov. 8, 2017

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Raising the flag to celebrate Fort Worth's latest Tree City USA designation are Rachel McGreagor, Texas A&M Forest Service; Robert Denkhuas, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge manager; Councilmember Dennis Shingleton; Richard Zavala, director of the Park & Recreation Department; and Melinda Adams, city forester.

The City of Fort Worth declared the start of tree planting season at an Arbor Day ceremony Nov. 3 at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Free tree seedlings donated by Bartlett Tree Service were offered to guests, as well as native plants donated by the nature center.

Fort Worth received its 38th Tree City USA award and 17th Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Fort Worth is the longest-running and oldest Tree City USA in Texas.

Arbor Day, the tree planting holiday, originated in 1872 as a proposal by J. Sterling Morton to the State Board of Agriculture of Nebraska. By 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. The holiday spread to other states and was celebrated by Fort Worth as early as 1905 when Teddy Roosevelt, the first president to visit Fort Worth, planted a tree for Arbor Day at the Carnegie Library grounds.

While most of the nation celebrates Arbor Day in April, Texas observes the day in the fall, which is most often a better time to establish trees.

Tree City USA is an award designated by the Arbor Day Foundation to cities that meet four standards: a tree ordinance to care for public trees; a forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita; an Arbor Day observance; and a proclamation to observe the day. There are 84 communities in Texas that have earned a Tree City USA award.

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