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Fort Worth named a Tree City USA — for the 40th consecutive year

Posted Nov. 8, 2019

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Celebrating Fort Worth's long-running tenure as a Tree City USA are Courtney Blevins of the Texas Forestry Service; Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project; 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 received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 19th year, highlighting 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 and 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. The Forestry Section includes 20 employees.

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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