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Texas Community Forestry Award Winners

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Arborist of the Year

2014 Don Gardner

Don Gardner was selected for 2014 Arborist of the Year because of his long service to his clients, community and the state of Texas as a professional in the field of tree care. Gardner’s love for and commitment to trees is shown in his service to his clients, his time on the radio and through his ongoing support of local non-profit organizations. He is a consulting arborist with vast knowledge, excellent communication skills and a heart of gold.

2013 Booker Arradondo

2012 Guy LeBlanc

Guy LeBlanc
2011 Nevic Donnelly 

2010 Patrick Brewer

Patrick Brewer
2009 Courtney Blevins

2008 Larry Maginnis


James Tuttle


2006 Jim Rooni, Austin
2005 Russell Peters, Dallas
2004 David Appel, College Station
2003 Todd Watson, College Station
2002 Patrick Wentworth, Austin
2001 Steve Houser, Dallas
2000 Jerry Pulley, Austin
1999 Harold Pitchford, Professional of the Year
Patrick Wentworth, Arborist of the Year
1998 Gary Woods

Arboricultural Project of the Year


Arboricultural Project of the Year: City of Austin

The Tree Court Improvement Project at Barton Springs is a great example of arboriculture in action. Part of the major renovation of the springs included revitalizing the tree court by the main entrance, where the health of the heritage pecans growing there was a primary concern. A plan was put into action to care for the trees’ immediate needs during the renovation and secure their health long term. The plan included alleviating the existing soil compaction, enhancing the soil with compost, expanding planting areas and creating an elevated walkway that appears to be at ground level. The walkway was placed on piers to minimize disruption of the critical root zone of the trees and will minimize tree roots disturbing the walkway in the future.

2013 Ascarate Park Entrance Renovation

2012 Green Shade - Trees for Energy Savings Rebate

Green Shade
2011 Green Ribbon Project: Texas Department of Transportation, Houston Division

2010 University of Texas, Norman Hackerman Building Tree Relocation

UT Tree Award
2009 Republic Square Tree Preservation Project, TBG Partners

2008 Residential Street Tree Pruning Program, First Colony Community Association 

2007 The 5th Street Commons: The Preservation of “George,” the Historic Live Oak  

2006 Saving the Caswell Oak, Austin
2006 Old Settler's Park Tree Mitigation Project and Saving the Caswell Oak, Round Rock
2005 Ft. Davis Tree Observations and Recommendations
2004 Main Street Project, Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston
2003 I-45 Beautification Coalition, Conroe
2002 LCRA Operation Greenbelt, Marble Falls
2001 Sun Metro Transit Plaza, El Paso Texas
2000 Dealy Plaza TreeNewal, Dallas
Gold Leaf Awards
Landscape Projects

The Gold Leaf Award–Landscape Improvement: San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and their San Antonio River Improvement Project has proven to be more than an environmental restoration project. SARA has made significant contributions to reconnect the river and the community, increase ecological services, increase public use and maintain flood protection for local properties. This project is restoring a strong connection between people, water, wildlife and trees for years to come.

2013 Right Tree, Right Place

2012 Mandolin Gardens Park

Mandolin Gardens Park
2011 Threes for Trees, City of Dallas

2011 Super Grow XLV, Texas Tree Foundation

2010 Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, Urban Forest Recovery Project

GITC Award
2009 Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance, City of Round Rock PARD, Forestry Division

2009 Trees Across Sugarland, Keep Sugarland Beautiful   

2008 West Texas Tree Planting, Chapman Forestry Foundation

2007 The Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium Tree Relocation Project (co-award)

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2007 Southpark Meadows (co-award)

Arbor Day

Keep Denton Beautiful

Denton’s official Arbor Day event, The Denton Redbud Festival, is a community-involved celebration of trees. In 2014 over 3,500 people attended the 21st year of this festival and participated in activities for all ages. Local music and food capped off a day of children’s artwork displays, a TRASHion Runway show, educational workshops, and even a children’s story time that featured “I Can Name 50 Trees Today” from the Cat in the Hat series. The Denton Redbud Festival is hosted by Keep Denton Beautiful.


City of McAllen Arbor Day Challenge


City of Arlington EcoFest

Arlington Ecofest


Grand Prairie Arbor Day Activities 



VFW Park Arbor Day in Georgetown

VFW Arbor Day


Green Select Day in Amarillo



Special Achievement
Mike Walterscheidt

Mike Walterscheidt
2009 Ruthe Jackson 

2008 James B. Hull, 

2006 Mark Peterson
2004 Ed Barron, College Station
2001 Larry Schaapveld, Fort Worth
Professional of the Year
2007 Kathy Lord

2005 Matt Weaver