of Lufkin is located in the heart of the Pineywoods of deep
East Texas a region known for its Pine and hardwood forests
and blessed with the richest botanical diversity in the
state of Texas. The citizens of Lufkin have a long history
of appreciating this legacy and placing importance on
preserving mature trees and planting new trees.
contrast, Lubbock is located on the South Plains, which is a
prairie of grass, blue skies and no native trees.
that imbalance in nature, the City of Lubbock and the City
of Lufkin launched the "Trees Across Texas" program in 2000.
The idea was to exchange trees between the two cities as a
measure of friendship and cooperation between two Tree City
USA communities in Texas.
concept was first broached when Lubbock City Councilman T.J.
Patterson began discussions with Lufkin City Council member
Don Boyd. After some discussion, the concept of a friendly,
cooperative exchange of trees began to form and has now
become "Trees Across Texas."
Initially, a tree representing Lufkin was planted during
Lubbock's annual Arbor Day celebration in April of 2000.
Arbor Day celebration was February 7,2001. A Live Oak was
planted at Jones Park in honor of the City of Lubbock.
Council member, Don Boyd gave the history of “Trees Across
Texas” and Nancy Chancellor gave the history of Lufkin
becoming a Tree City USA.
Proclamations recognizing the "Trees Across Texas" program
have been exchanged between Lubbock Mayor Windy Sitton and
Lufkin Mayor Louis Bronaugh.
future years, other Tree City USA communities will be
approached for a tree exchange with Lubbock.