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ur Mission is to find and catalog each of these treasures in order to preserve their integrity for future generations - before they all disappear.

Texas Forest Service

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Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council

Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council


The Texas Tree Trails organization is a cooperative effort of the Texas Forest Service, the Texas Historic Tree Coalition, the Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council and the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, among others.


Mission Statement

  • To develop and institute an "Adopt-a-Tree" program as an integral part of the Tree Trail Program, and as a means to keep significant trees in existence and healthy as long as possible.

  • To ensure that future tree health and structural integrity issues are adequately addressed on significant trees, which are "adopted" by others.

  • To find, attract, and work with others who are willing to "adopt" the monetary, physical or managerial responsibilities associated with the program operation.


  1. Encourages the care and maintenance of trees that would otherwise not receive any care.

  2. If the owner of a significant tree appreciates and protects it, but cannot afford to maintain the tree, the "Adopt-a-Tree" program can offer ongoing maintenance. This creates a win-win situation for both parties and the public.

  3. Utilizes some of the area’s top tree companies and individuals, to maintain some of the best trees in town.

  4. Offers a way for any interested party to donate to their favorite tree, sometimes in honor of another group, person or event.

  5. Offers a comfort level that adequate maintenance will be provided by a group that cares and is knowledgeable on the subject.

  6. Can offer several levels of adoption with each tree (or group of trees) having one or many different sponsors. Plaques can be installed on some trees to express appreciation for the sponsors.

  7. Sponsors will take pride in at least the following:

    • Seeing their dollars at work on a favorite tree in their own neighborhood.

    • Knowing they are contributors to the preservation of history, a significant amount of tree knowledge and some of our most important trees.

    • By being sponsors, they express an appreciation and understanding relating to the benefits of trees to our society and teach this to others.

    • Leaving a gift of tree care and maintenance for our most treasured natural assets. By doing so they have truly left a legacy.

  8. The Adopt-a-Tree program complements the Texas Tree Trail project and therefore, shares many of the same benefits noted in the Tree Trail Benefits section.

  9. For a similar program, see the Adopt-a-Median page on the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee Web Site.


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