Sunday, September 19, 2021

Keeping Southlake Green: A Look into Landscape Administration

When it comes to the care, planting, maintenance and protection of the tree population in Southlake, you can thank the City’s urban forester for keeping our city green and healthy.

For the last 24 years, the City of Southlake has maintained excellence in urban forestry management by continuing to manage and expand the presence of public trees in the Southlake community.

This effort is in part with the City’s tree preservation and landscape ordinances.

The purpose of a tree preservation and landscape ordinance is to further the preservation of mature trees and natural areas, protect trees during construction, control the removal of trees and facilitate site design and construction to the long-term viability of existing trees.

The landscape administrator/urban forester leads this initiative by working with architects, developers, builders, city departments and the public, to review plans and permits for compliance with the City’s landscape, tree preservation and earth disturbance regulations and construction-based activities, such as excavating, clearing and grading.

They also ensure that the trees are surveyed and preserved correctly based on their location, condition, species or historical significance.

To learn more about tree preservation, ordinances and permits, please visit the Tree Preservation page on the City’s website.  

Celebrating Arbor Day Proclamation with Tree City USA Award

The City of Southlake is celebrating Arbor Day during the month of November!  To commemorate the occasion, a proclamation was presented to the Planning and Development Services Department by Mayor Laura Hill at the November 19, 2019 City Council meeting.

During the proclamation, the city also received recertification as a designated 2019 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This award has been granted to the city for 22 consecutive years, recognizing its efforts in maintaining excellence in urban forestry management.

If you’re interested in learning more about Southlake’s efforts to maintain landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation, please visit our website or call the Planning and Development Services Department at 817-748-8621.

City of Southlake Receives 2018 Tree City USA Award!

City of Southlake takes home award for their efforts in maintaining excellence in urban forestry management 22 years in a row. The award was given by The Arbor Day Foundation, which recently recertified the City as a designated 2018 Tree City USA community.

Tree City USA is a program that’s been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. This program helps provide a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

To qualify for Tree City USA status, a community must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management:

  1. Maintaining a tree board or department;
  2. Establishing a community tree ordinance;
  3. Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry;
  4. Celebrating Arbor Day

“The City takes great pride in being recertified as a 2018 Tree City USA community,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This designation allows our department to proudly promote the value of public trees and upholding sustainable tree management.”

To learn more about Tree City USA, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. For more information about Southlake’s efforts in urban forestry management, please visit the Planning and Development Services website or give us a call at (817) 748-8621.

Council members Present Proclamation to Celebrate Arbor Day

The City’s executive leadership team helped Council members Chad Patton and Christopher Archer celebrate Arbor Day in November by planting trees and flowers to help enrich the local environment.

The proclamation, issued by Mayor Laura Hill reads…

in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting and nurturing of trees, and in 2017, we are celebrating the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day which is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and,

Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed in Nebraska with the planting of more than a million trees, which can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide a habitat for wildlife; and,

Whereas, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, and fuel for our fires. They also beautify our community and are a source of spiritual renewal; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, urge all residents to celebrate Arbor Day in November and to support efforts to plant trees, and to recognize all the ways trees enrich our lives and stabilize our environment.

 

Mayor Laura Hill Presents Arbor Day 2016 Proclamation

On November 3rd, 2016, Mayor Laura Hill presented a proclamation at Bob Jones Nature Center in recognition of Arbor Day in Southlake.

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting and nurturing of trees, and in 2016, we are celebrating the 144th anniversary of Arbor Day which is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and,

Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed in Nebraska with the planting of more than a million trees, which can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide a habitat for wildlife; and,

Whereas, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, and fuel for our fires.  They also beautify our community and are a source of spiritual renewal; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, urge all residents to celebrate Arbor Day in November and to support efforts to plant trees, and to recognize all the ways trees enrich our lives and stabilize our environment.

 

Seniors Plant Tree in Honor of Arbor Day

The City conducted an Arbor Day celebration at the Senior Center on Thursday, October 31 during their 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival. The event included the reading of a proclamation signed by the Mayor and presented by Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Muller. A Chinese Pistache tree was planted in honor of Arbor Day near the bench area south of the Senior Center building.

For more information about the Senior Activity Center’s Events And Programs,  visit CityofSouthlake.com.