Monday, September 21, 2020

Learn Why Trees are Good For Your Health

Everyone loves the beauty of trees lining the streets and neighborhoods of the City of Southlake, but did you know that trees are also good for your health?

They are. In addition to the much-needed shade they provide during hot Texas summers, trees also protect against air and water pollution, reduce stress, and encourage people to get more physical activity. The greener a community is, the healthier and happier its residents are!

The City of Southlake’s annual Street Tree Program is dedicated to keeping Southlake green, beautiful and healthy all year long. Through this program, Southlake residents are able to purchase a tree for half price, and the City will cover the remaining cost. The following four varieties of trees are available through the program: Chinese Pistache, Lacebark Elm, Live Oak and Shumard Oak. Trees will be planted in designated locations in late winter/early spring. View the 2018 Street Tree Program Brochure for more information.

There are limited quantities of trees available, so be sure to order yours now! (Limit one tree per household) Orders can be placed online at www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com, in person at the Community Services Department located at 1400 Main St., Suite 210, or by mail. Trees can be purchased October 1– December 31.

To learn more about the City’s Street Tree Program and other Keep Southlake Beautiful initiatives, visit our website or call (817) 748-8019.

Restoring Southlake’s Natural Beauty

The City of Southlake is partnering with TxDot and participating in the Green Ribbon Project to beautify the highways and restore some of Southlake’s natural beauty.

Approximately 400 trees are being added along Highway 114 between Dove Road and Carroll Avenue in addition to drip irrigation which will be installed at each tree to help establish the plant material. The Green Ribbon Project which started around April 11th should be completed by the end of July (depending on rain delays).

The program was created by a special committee and group of consultants, with input from the public in order to provide a plan representing all members of the Southlake community. The primary goal is to establish a higher level of visual appeal along the roads through landscape and architectural improvements but also to promote and enhance highway safety and maintain traffic flow.

For more information about the Green Ribbon Project please contact The Southlake Parks Department at (817) 748-8019 or www.cityofsouthlake.com.

Put Green in Your Routine with the Street Tree Program

Through the annual Street Tree Program, Southlake residents are able to purchase a tree for half price, and the City will cover the remaining costs.
The following four (4) varieties of trees are available through the program: Chinese Pistache, Lacebark Elm, Live Oak and Shumard Oak. Trees will be planted in designated locations in late winter/early spring. View the 2015 Street Tree Program Brochure for more information.

Only one tree per Southlake household can be purchased. There are limited quantities of trees available, so be sure to order yours now! Orders can be placed online at www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com, in person at the Community Services Department located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210 or by mail. Order forms are available online or at the Community Services offices.  Trees can be purchased October 1st – December 31st.

To find out more about the City’s Street Tree Program and other Keep Southlake Beautiful initiatives, visit our website at www.CityofSouthlake.com/KSB or call (817) 748-8019.

City Holds Ribbon-Cutting for TXU Energy Donation of 35 Trees

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

The City recognized TXU Energy for their generous donation of 35 trees that were planted in Bob Jones Park with a ribbon-cutting held on May 1, 2014. Mayor John Terrell, Southlake City Council Members, and TXU Energy representatives were present for the event.

The trees were delivered by the Texas Tree Foundation on April 4, 2012 to the park. The tree species that were planted include: Shumard Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, Bur Oaks, and Cedar Elms.

“It is a goal in Southlake to provide attractive and unique spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy in our community,” says Mayor John Terrell. “These trees will not only add to the aesthetic of the park, but also encourage sustainability and environmentalism. Southlake residents and visitors will continue to benefit from these generous contributions for years to come. ”

This donation from TXU Energy is part of their Committed to Community Growth Program. Since the program’s inception in 2002, TXU Energy has planted more than 190,000 trees across Texas.

“We are pleased to see the Committed to Community Growth Program succeed in Southlake,” says Lacy Sperry, Community Relations Manager for TXU Energy. “We appreciate the long-standing relationship we have with Southlake and hope this donation has a lasting impact on the City.”

On April 30th the Southlake 2030: Sustainability Master Plan committee held its first meeting regarding sustainability. For Southlake, sustainability means enhancing the City’s current and future status as a desirable, attractive, safe, healthy and fiscally‐sound community.

The specific term “sustainability” was first brought to the forefront and identified as a key goal during development of the Vision, Goals and Objectives of the Southlake 2030 Plan in 2009.  As a result, the development of this document, the City’s first Sustainability Plan, began in 2013 and was adopted in 2014.

For more information about the Southlake 2030 Plan, visit Southlake2030.com.

Johnson Welcomes New Trees

On October 25, Johnson Elementary School and PTO held a tree dedication ceremony to commemorate the arrival of two live oak trees. The trees were awarded through a grant sponsored by the Bob Jones Nature Center and the Alliance for Community Trees – People’s Garden Grant.  Teachers, parents and students attended the ceremony as well as officials from the city of Southlake, Southlake City Council Members, CISD Administration, CISD School Board, Bob Jones Nature Center and the Texas Forestry Service.

The two live oak trees were planted in the back of the school in the garden area and kindergarten courtyard. Our JES PTO Tree Poem winner, Sophie Platt, 2nd grade student in Mrs. Moss’ class, read her winning poem as part of the celebration.  An Arbor Day proclamation and the Tree City USA Designation for the City of Southlake was also highlighted during the event.  Receiving and planting these trees was a great way to show our support, not only for the beautification and improvement of our campus and the Southlake community, but also demonstrated the importance and the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Click here for more information about the event.

Tree-mendous Grant for Carroll ISD Campuses

Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake

Jack D. Johnson, Old Union and Rockenbaugh Elementary schools will be given trees to plant as part of a nationwide network of Gardens supported by the USDA People’s Garden Initiative. The Bob Jones Nature Center announced Thursday, May 17 that they received a $2,460 grant from a national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees.

Johnson Elementary School

The selected schools house kindergarten through fourth grade. With this hands-on experience, students will recognize the basic needs for plant growth and environmental factors that affect plant growth.

Rockenbaugh Elementary School

This year, the Alliance for Community Trees launched the “People’s Garden Plant Program” initiative.  The program aims to explore and deepen the connection between trees and urban agriculture. ACTrees has provided funding to 30 communities in 21 states to plant trees in community gardens that produce shade or produce fruit and nuts.

Old Union Elementary School

ACTrees Executive Director Carrie Gallagher says trees are a very important component to healthy people as well as healthy communities.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to the Bob Jones Nature Center and the three schools to demonstrate locally that trees are in integral part of sustainable community agriculture,” said Gallagher.

Each school will receive trees to plant that add a shade component to their gardens. The planting event is planned for October 2012.