The Texas Urban Forestry Council has embarked upon a new era in encouraging conservation, expansion and protection of our urban forests in Texas, by initiating projects and programs that can be replicated at the local level throughout the state.

New Projects

Tree Campus USA
Five universities have qualified and twelve universities are actively working on qualifying for the award; including Rice University, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Sul Ross, SMU, Lone Star, UT-El Paso, El Centro, Southwestern and West TX A&M.  

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Tree Planting Competition
Our tree competition was held in Houston this year and more than 1,700 trees were planted by the competitors.  The Houston Area Urban Forestry Council hosted the competition, which was organized and coordinated by Mickey Merritt. Each team had to plant 100 five-gallon trees.  The winning time in the professional division was less than twenty minutes -- the winning team was Bio- Landscape and Maintenance. The winning Amateur team was Florida University and the winning Youth Division team was Aldine ISD’s MacArthur Douglas H.S. 

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Texas Urban Forestry Council License Plates
The TUFC is the receiving organization of funds generated by the state license plates denoting Urban Forestry.  We have received more than $30,000 since this program was initiated.

 

Great Texas Tree Trail
This project has grown to include a schools-educational program, which integrates the real world with the virtual world and technology with nature.  We have submitted grant requests to a major state corporation and a large foundation.  Also, the Texas Forest Service has received a Federal grant to provide support for this project.  We believe the educational program can provide the “missing link” between urban kids and nature.  Robert Farlow is our state coordinator.

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The Texas Grove
Is a project in conjunction with the other states in Region Eight of the U.S. Forest Service, to develop a social networking web site that allows l state organizations to “personalize” a regionally-shared  web site to its members’ needs. You may access “The Grove” at
www.AmericanGrove.org

Once on the site, click on “The Grove” at the tool bar and then select “The Texas Grove.”

 

Contact the Texas Urban Forestry Council at 832-331-6469 or email at  ntm1@rice.edu

Neville Mann, President
Texas Urban Forestry Council