Feb 7 2024

NCTCOG: Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Improvement Plan Public Meetings - DFW (Jan-Feb)

Jan 16 2024 - 6:00pm to Feb 15 2024 - 5:00pm

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is developing the Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Improvement Plan with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality over the next five years. 

Public comment meetings regarding the air quality improvement plan will be held on Jan. 16 in Rockwall and Arlington, Jan. 18 in Fort Worth, Jan. 29 in Cleburne and Feb. 15 in Arlington. A virtual session will be held on Jan. 24. The public can also comment in an online survey.

Keep Texas Beautiful: Beautify Texas Awards - Nominations Open (Feb. 5-March 22)

Feb 5 2024 - 8:00am to Mar 22 2024 - 5:00pm

The Beautify Texas Awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect Texas’ environment. These awards honor extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations, and specific projects and programs. They are organized into two main categories, Individual Awards and Organizational Awards.

Arlington Conservation Council: Native Trees as Wildlife Habitat - Zoom

Feb 7 2024 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Speaker: Hester Schwarzer

Trees provide habitat for many species of animals, plants, and microorganisms. Whether used for shelter or food, for courtship, nesting, or hunting platforms, trees are wildlife magnets: their flowers, fruits, leaves, buds, and woody parts are enjoyed by many different species of animals.

After a childhood in the East Texas bottomlands, Hester married and moved to Colorado for 30 years, where she earned a college degree from UCCS with a double major in education and environmental science. While raising her own family, she taught elementary school at the USAF Academy for 8 years before returning to Texas in the early '80s.

Back home, Hester resumed her teaching and naturalist careers with renewed fervor and began volunteering one day per month at the Fort Worth Nature Center, where she expanded her knowledge of the local ecology and honed her skills as a presenter of natural history programs.

Inevitably, one day Hester ran into a kindred soul, Molly Hollar, who immediately recruited her to help in the Arlington wildscape that now bears her name, and thus began a lifelong friendship and an extensive catalog of volunteer activities with multiple organizations for Hester.