Forestry

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Texas A&M Forest Service urban foresters based at The Dallas Center provide communities with critical information on increasing and conserving urban and suburban tree populations across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Trees play a vital role in North Texas communities, providing environmental, economic, social, and health benefits. Among other important roles, trees can:

  • Increase property values
  • Serve as sight, noise, and wind screens
  • Clean the air
  • Provide oxygen
  • Control temperatures indoors and out
  • Reduce utility bills
  • Help conserve water resources
  • Prevent water pollution
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Control flooding
  • Provide habitat and food for wildlife
  • Provide recreational areas for humans
  • Much more

Our community forestry mission involves overarching consultation in the selection, planting and long-term care of valuable trees and forested areas of our cities, neighborhoods and communities. Urban foresters bring together influential public and private parties to develop multi-faceted solutions to local tree problems.

Across the state, the Texas A&M Forest Service identifies and trains local leaders to help increase public awareness of the value of urban trees, raise the skill levels of local tree workers, and set quality-standards for tree planting and care. Urban forestry efforts work holistically to guide communities toward sustainable management of important local forests, which must be managed to sustain community livability and quality of life.

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North Texas Urban Foresters

Mike Sills

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Regional Urban Forester, Dallas
Texas A&M Forest Service
msills@tfs.tamu.edu
972.952.9242

Courtney Blevins

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Regional Urban Forester, Fort Worth
Texas A&M Forest Service
cblevins@tfs.tamu.edu
817.531.3119

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