Texas A&M Forest Service celebrates 100 years of service with 100 trees to 100 communities

Staff Writer

One-hundred communities across Texas are receiving a special delivery of 100 trees in honor of Texas A&M Forest Service’s centennial year, capping off a full year of celebrating the agency’s commitment to conserve and protect Texas’ trees and forests.
Aiming to help communities expand their urban tree canopy, 10,000 seedlings were grown at the TFS-operated West Texas Nursery specifically for “100 Trees for 100 Communities.” Sign up was first open to Texas’ Tree City USA communities, then expanded to other cities and towns.
“What better way to celebrate our centennial than to honor 100 Texas communities that have demonstrated their commitment to conserving and protecting their urban and community forests?” Tom Boggus, State forester and director of Texas A&M Forest Service said. “It is the perfect picture of this year’s celebration of our agency’s history by planting young trees today that clearly point to our commitment to the future!”
Following some tough years of weather, especially this year’s flooding that occurred in much of the state, many communities are in great need of trees.
“This has been a way to assist communities in their recovery efforts, and it provides an opportunity to connect with some of our smaller communities. We don’t often have trees to give away and it’s very nice to be able to offer trees across the state,” Gretchen Riley, partnership coordinator at Texas A&M Forest Service said.
Each community may decide how to use their trees. With Texas’ Arbor Day the first Friday in November many communities are tying the trees into Arbor Day celebrations, others intend to plant in public places within the community.
The statewide Arbor Day celebration is Nov. 6 in College Station at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum where TFS’s “History in the Making” exhibit is on display.