Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee

Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee The Urban Forest Advisory Committee was established in 2005 by the Dallas City Council to advise the Mayor and City Council on tree related issues.
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The Urban Forest Advisory Committee (UFAC) was established in 2005 by the Dallas City Council to advise the Mayor and City Council on local and regional tree related issues. The Committee assists the city to develop good management practices so they may conserve the city’s trees and forests. It also educates citizens on trees and organizes tree plantings. UFAC is comprised of citizens and Dallas City officials whose goal is to restore a tree-lined Dallas.

Operating as usual

Be on the lookout for this trailer missing since the afternoon of April 23.
04/23/2020

Be on the lookout for this trailer missing since the afternoon of April 23.

ALERT: GWD 25 Foot Box Trailer is missing!

Our staff arrived at Groundwork office today to find that our GWD 25 Foot Box trailer is missing. To an Environmental Youth based non-profit, it's a very valuable piece of equipment. It allows our staff to haul necessary equipment to community events, in order to do volunteer based clean-ups.

If you see this 25 Foot Box trailer around Dallas - Ft. Worth area, please contact us or your local police department.

04/22/2020
City of Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction

City of Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction

It's the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It's also the 30th anniversary of the City Council resolution to establish a city-wide tree conservation ordinance. The actual Article X tree ordinance was established in 1994 to protect these essential parts of our community in the process of city growth. Touch the earth by giving a tree a hug today.

10/25/2019
City of Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction

City of Dallas Sustainable Development and Construction

The year has been incredibly difficult for many people in Dallas who have watched their magnificent and noble trees severely damaged or destroyed by intense storms. We have also learned from these events how trees that are sound and healthy may fare better than others which have been neglected or forgotten over time.

There are resources available to you that can help guide you in how to manage your trees before, during, and after these short term events. A part of learning to be a good tree steward means having the right resources and knowledge at your reach. We would like to share a few web sites which can start you on the right course.

The ISA Trees Are Good website has a list of brochures to get you started. Begin with 'Safe Response to Tree-Related Storm Damage.'
http://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/treeownerinformation

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office has a good source of information which can help you in each phase of storm preparation and remediation with the Tree Care Kit.
https://agrilife.org/treecarekit/

If you really want to get into the science of how the trees perform in high blasts of wind, check out the study by Dr. Kim Coder of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.
https://www.warnell.uga.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Trees%20%26%20Storm%20Wind%20Loads%20pub_14-7.pdf

If your tree was damaged and you wonder if you can save it, we urge you to speak with an arborist consultant and let them evaluate the extent of damages. There are excellent tree service professionals in our community ready to help.

DeepRoot has posted a case study on the Pacific Plaza project in downtown Dallas.  Their vaulted Silva Cell system provi...
10/21/2019

DeepRoot has posted a case study on the Pacific Plaza project in downtown Dallas. Their vaulted Silva Cell system provided for the project "the best compromise of cost efficiency and meeting the tree health needs." Read on.

The Pacific Plaza project in Dallas has proved that Silva Cells can be a cost effective, easier to install, and better performing alternate to structural soil. 36 new trees in the park! https://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/silva-cells-at-pacific-plaza-dallas-texas-case-study

The City of Dallas is offering trees for Dallas citizens to be placed on your home sites. Register beginning on Septembe...
08/23/2019

The City of Dallas is offering trees for Dallas citizens to be placed on your home sites. Register beginning on September 1 for a tree to be picked up on November 2.

Dallas Citizen Forester classes are just around the corner.  Register today to join the next class to become Citizen For...
08/23/2019

Dallas Citizen Forester classes are just around the corner. Register today to join the next class to become Citizen Foresters.

This Dallas Trees blog post from chief arborist Phil Erwin has been updated.  It contains useful information for prepari...
06/13/2019
Soil Resource Plan (aka Drawing A Line In The Caliche}

This Dallas Trees blog post from chief arborist Phil Erwin has been updated. It contains useful information for preparing a soil resource plan to be provided in conjunction with landscape plans or a tree protection plan. More information on Urban Soils is available in the online Landscape and Tree Manual at the Building Inspection website.

One of the new requirements in the 2018 Article X amendments placed on new developments is the provision for a soil resource plan. This pl...

Can These Trees Be Saved?
06/10/2019
Can These Trees Be Saved?

Can These Trees Be Saved?

Featured eBook: Tree Care Kit A storm can leave trees looking like there is no tomorrow. Major limbs may be broken or damaged, foliage can be shredded or stripped, or the bark may be torn or gouged. But what at first glance may look like mortal wounds are not necessarily fatal to a tree. Trees h

The Landscape and Tree Manual is now available online at dallascityhall.com.  You can find it under the Quick Links at t...
06/06/2019

The Landscape and Tree Manual is now available online at dallascityhall.com.

You can find it under the Quick Links at the Sustainable Development and Construction web page.

In case you haven't found it, we would like to introduce you to the new Landscape and Tree Manual for the City of Dallas. This exclusively all-online text is available at our Building Inspection pages, or you can reach it through the Quick Links at the SDC main page.

https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/buildinginspection/Pages/landscape-and-tree-manual.aspx

https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

The manual is over 300 pages of material placed in multiple separate sections and attachments, and full of helpful information for homeowners, commercial property owners and managers, landscape professionals, and developers. You can learn about the new Neighborhood Forest Overlay in Section 10, find helpful landscape checklists for different landscape codes, and discover how to nominate a Historic tree for preservation.

The manual was drafted by professional landscape architects and foresters to provide useful regional information about local trees, soils, and other aspects of our community forest and is a supplement to support the Article X ordinances and to be informative to the people living and working in Dallas.

Watch for additional educational posts here from your friendly city arborists.

04/19/2019
dallascityhall.com

The Neighborhood Forest Overlay update is now added to the NEW Landscape and Tree Manual online at dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment.
You can also find the new Homeowner's Guide to the Landscape and Tree Manual to help find information in the manual.

You can now access the City of Dallas Landscape and Tree Manual online.
03/21/2019
landscape and tree manual

You can now access the City of Dallas Landscape and Tree Manual online.

Section 2       2.0:  Landscaping and Soil Requirements      2.2:  Landscape Plan Submission and Compliance      2.3:  Mandatory Landscape Requirements      2.4:  Landscape Design Options

11/19/2018

To the friends of the Dallas Reforestation Program,

Due to technical matters related to our Master Agreement and purchasing procedures outside of my control, my office in Sustainable Development and Construction will not be processing additional separate tree orders until further notice. Some projects will be significantly delayed due to this unforeseen issue. I will continue to seek remedies which can put me back into purchasing trees as early as possible.

Meanwhile, I will be working with the Parks and Public Works departments to continue to Fund tree planting projects which are under their direction. We did manage to provide trees to the Winnetka Heights and Oak Park Estates neighborhoods this weekend. But I now have to begin a long pause.

If you have a planting program in the works, please contact me and I will endeavor to try to find a way to move forward or we can work out a reschedule for the tree planting.

Thank you for your support.

Phil Erwin,
Chief Arborist
City of Dallas

Update.
11/02/2018
ISA Texas

Update.

New post added at ISA Texas Chapter - Quick Update on Possible Emerald Ash Borer in Tarrant County

Branch Out Dallas provides a new opportunity for Dallas citizens to obtain a tree for their yard.  Check out the registr...
11/01/2018
Branch Out Dallas

Branch Out Dallas provides a new opportunity for Dallas citizens to obtain a tree for their yard. Check out the registration page at GreenDallas.net.

  Branch Out Dallas is a City program to reduce air pollution, cool neighborhoods and combat Climate Change through planting trees. This neighborhood program will provide you with a …

Casey Trees
08/25/2018
Casey Trees

Casey Trees

Montreal is showing other Canadian cities how urban forestry is done 👏 👏

The 2018 Program documents and application forms are now online.  For further information, you can contact the city arbo...
08/02/2018
2018 - 2019 Dallas Reforestation Program Update

The 2018 Program documents and application forms are now online. For further information, you can contact the city arborist office.

The 2018/2019 Dallas Reforestation Program packet is now online at the Dallas Arborist website. For the most part, not much has cha...

While we keep watchful, it's a good time to learn the details about detecting and identifying the EAB. http://www.emeral...
07/30/2018
ISA Texas

While we keep watchful, it's a good time to learn the details about detecting and identifying the EAB. http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

"This week Texas Wildlife biologist, Sam Kieschnick, was reviewing pictures posted on iNaturalist, when a beetle from Tarrant County caught his eye. Submitted last summer by 10-year-old naturalist, Sam Hunt, the picture appears to show an emerald ash borer found in Tarrant County, just north of the Fort Worth Nature Center. Links to the picture were also viewed by biology student from University of Wisconsin, Alex Harman, and then by beetle expert, Dr. Henry Hespenheide, who both concluded it was likely EAB.

Unfortunately the beetle was not preserved for positive ID, so the Texas Forest Service will attempt to verify the presence of the beetle in Tarrant County. If confirmed, this will be the deepest find yet of the beetle in Texas, and one of the farthest west occurrences of EAB. It will also signal a need for any valuable ash trees within 15 miles of the sighting to be proactively treated, according to standard control recommendations."

New post added at ISA Texas Chapter - Emerald Ash Borer Texas Update

The clean 'easy to read' version of the Article X landscape and urban forest conservation ordinance is now up for readin...
07/30/2018
DallasTrees

The clean 'easy to read' version of the Article X landscape and urban forest conservation ordinance is now up for reading on the Building Inspection site under Landscaping. No strikethroughs, underlines, and less confusion.

This website was not created by, or for, the City of Dallas or the city's arborist office. The information provided is for educational purposes only. In other words, go to the official source if you need assurance of regulation. I hope you find this site useful. - The Management

07/23/2018
citysecretary.dallascityhall.com

The Article X ordinance (edited format) is posted at the City Secretary's office. Additional information can be found at the dallascityhall.com website under Building Inspection/Landscaping. Contact the city arborist for specific questions.

The chief arborist discusses updates to the new landscape code.
07/22/2018
Article X Update: July 22, 2018

The chief arborist discusses updates to the new landscape code.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 We are several weeks into the implementation of the new ordinance, and I must say I'm already seeing the potenti...

The chief arborist discusses the Purpose statement in Article X.
07/19/2018
The Purpose Statement

The chief arborist discusses the Purpose statement in Article X.

The three divisions of the ordinance are balanced to help build a sustainable Dallas. When it comes to the purpose of a landscape and ...

A chief arborist's update on Article X in full implementation on July 2!
07/01/2018
F Y I

A chief arborist's update on Article X in full implementation on July 2!

....and so on, and so on .... Article X: Landscape and Urban Forest Conservation June 27, 2018 On Wednesday June 27, the Dallas City...

You can review the last version of the Article X ordinance before final publication. The ordinance goes into effect on M...
07/01/2018
DallasTrees

You can review the last version of the Article X ordinance before final publication. The ordinance goes into effect on Monday, July 2.

This website was not created by, or for, the City of Dallas or the city's arborist office. The information provided is for educational purposes only. In other words, go to the official source if you need assurance of regulation. I hope you find this site useful. - The Management

Casey Trees
06/04/2018
Casey Trees

Casey Trees

An easy equation - Trees + Density = Livability
The Urbanist

Society of Municipal Arborists
03/21/2018

Society of Municipal Arborists

Happy International Day of Forests. Our members are making cities and towns better all around the globe.

Sustainable SITES Initiative
03/08/2018
Sustainable SITES Initiative

Sustainable SITES Initiative

"There is a growing argument that landscape should drive the layout of the buildings rather than the other way around[...]"

Casey Trees
03/07/2018
Casey Trees

Casey Trees

How to easily make cities more vibrant? That's what U.S. Forest Service, American Forests, and National Association of Regional Councils was looking to answer when they created the user friendly and visually stunning Vibrant Cities Lab to help city managers, policymakers and advocates build thriving urban forest programs from the ground up.

(Plus it's pretty and user friendly too 👍)

Casey Trees
01/18/2018
Casey Trees

Casey Trees

Replacing concrete pavements with wetlands, green rooftops and rain gardens means stormwater is absorbed back into the land, making water work for the city instead of against it

DeepRoot
10/25/2017
DeepRoot

DeepRoot

When an urban site is developed, existing mature trees are often removed to facilitate construction. After the building is up, “replacement” trees are often planted, depending on local ordinances. Will these trees actually make up for what is lost? Certainly not at first. Studies show that trees can take 26 to 40 years to become net carbon reducers. Is it possible to predict the benefits of those replacement trees once those initial decades have passed?

http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/running-to-stand-still-predicting-benefits-for-replacement-tree-plantings

ISA Texas
08/24/2017
ISA Texas

ISA Texas

New post added at ISA Texas Chapter - Tree Inventories Second Edition BMP now available

Climate Central
07/03/2017
Climate Central

Climate Central

How much green space do you need to sprinkle in amongst the buildings and parking lots in order to make the temperature of the city as a whole more comfortable? And where does that green space need to be?

(via Anthropocene magazine)

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