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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Argyle Receives 2019 Tree City USA Award

Tree Rainbow Charles Baxter

For the first time, the Town of Argyle has been recognized as a Tree City USA community.

Tree City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. The program began in 1976, and his since designated more than 3,400 communities across the nation.

Each year, the program recognizes communities that meet four fundamental standards of urban forestry management:

  • A tree board or department;
  • A tree care ordinance;
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita;
  • An Arbor Day proclamation and observance

In 2019, the Town of Argyle worked with Texas Trees Foundation to complete an Urban Forest Ecosystem Assessment and Tree Canopy Analysis. The study revealed structural and functional characteristics and values of the town’s urban trees and will be used to inform tree planning and management.

Some key findings from the study included:

  • Argyle’s 627,500 trees have a structural value of $484 million
  • Argyle has an estimated 86 trees/acre
  • Argyle’s tree canopy cover is 31.3 %
  • 627,500 trees provide 10.55 thousand tons of Oxygen per year to Argyle
  • Argyle’s most common tree species are Post Oak, Cedar Elm, and Black locust.

Monday, Argyle Town Council approved the first series of amendments to the town’s Tree Preservation Ordinance in an effort to continue the preservation and expansion of Argyle’s tree canopy.

The full report can be read here.

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