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  Texas Tree Trails Kick-Off with Don Henley

"It is difficult to preserve what the public doesn’t know exists."
Don Henley

May 4, 2004

Press release By SARAH BJORNSON

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On Tuesday, May 4, Mr. Don Henley, Honorary Chair of Texas Tree Trails (a new organization), launched the group’s effort to find, locate, recognize, measure, photograph and gather data on all significant trees in or near the DFW area. After comments from Mr. Henley and other Texas Tree Trails experts at 2pm, those in attendance toured some of the Dallas Arboretum’s North Texas and State Champion trees. Others enjoyed the incredibly beautiful Texas spring afternoon and sipped cold lemonade while discussing environmental issues with local and regional experts.

Don Henley Greets GuestsIt is difficult to preserve what the public doesn’t know exists,” Henley said. Mr. Henley is an advocate for environmental issues and his support will help raise awareness of significant trees in North Texas. The creation of Texas Tree Trails marks the first time that citizen action groups, local plant experts and a state agency have come together in a program to recognize significant trees.

Guests enjoy refreshments at the TTT celebration

Mission
The Texas Tree Trails program was created to showcase the importance of botanical, historical, and cultural treasures by using a virtual tour and other publications. An adoption program will be instituted to ensure the current and future health in addition to the structural integrity of these significant trees. Once the program is fully developed, the project will expand its boundaries by encouraging participation from all cities within the state.

 

State Champ Yaupon HollyArboretum’s Champion Trees
There are 3 State Champion trees and 30 North Texas Champion trees at the Dallas Arboretum, including a Chalk Maple and a Yaupon Holly (at left). “We are thrilled to be a part of the Texas Tree Trails program,” said Dave Forehand, the Arboretum’s Vice President of the Gardens. “In addition to facilitating data collection for the project, the Arboretum is developing a map of our State and North Texas Champion trees so that the hundreds of thousands of guests visiting the Arboretum each year will be increasingly aware of how important these natural monuments are to our community.”Captured audience as each speaker discusses the importance of our regional trees

History
The Texas Tree Trails program was conceived and developed by active members of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition (DHTC). DHTC began raising money and laying the groundwork for the project in 2001. A grassroots effort was developed to present treasured trees in North Texas to public and civic leaders in a way that demonstrates the trees’ vulnerability, worth, and value as ecological and eco-tourism infrastructure in our community. The Trinity TFS men speak with the local environmental expertBlacklands Urban Forestry Council joined forces with DHTC by providing additional volunteers with taxonomy, forestry, and horticultural expertise. The Texas Forest Service became involved and added dimensions of distinction and recognition to the project, as a result of their stewardship of the Big Tree Registry program as well as supporting the combined groups with a Texas Forest Service grant.

Additional information about Texas Tree Trails and its member organizations can be obtained by visiting www.texastreetrails.org or by calling Sarah Bjornson at 972-877-1140. If unavailable contact Matt Grubisich, Dallas Area Regional Forester Texas Forest Service, at 214-953-1190. Visit www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214-327-4901 for information about the Dallas Arboretum.

Sara Bjornson, Teas Tree Trails, TBUFC, CTUFC, Arborilogical Services Doug Pierson, Texas Tree Trails, TBUFC, NHNCT, Pierson Publishing Matt Grubisich, Texas Tree Trails, TBUFC, TFS
Sarah Bjornson, TBUFC Doug Pierson, TBUFC Matt Grubisich, TFS
Some of the Speakers at the Event
 

 

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