Recognizing the need, the founding Committee Chair worked to lobby city officials to hire a city forester, with the support of the Dallas Park & Recreation Department and a Texas Forest Service grant. In 2005, these efforts paid off with the hiring of the Dallas’ first city forester. Among many things, Dallas’ City Forester works with various city Departments preserving trees, managing new tree plantings, and training city staff on proper tree care and maintenance.
Dallas’ current City Forester is busy managing many aspects of Dallas’ urban forest including the following functions:
- Reviewing public landscaping and development plans to ensure proper tree protection.
- Facilitating the city’s various tree planting projects with Non-profit and Civic groups.
- Education and outreach to government, public and citizen groups.
- Oversees the implementation of the Great Trinity Forest Management Plan.
- Management of the Citizen Forester program.