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Posted on: August 15, 2022

[ARCHIVED] First Aid for Our Trees!

Person walks on a path surrounded by tall healthy trees

Known for its stunning greenbelts and tree preservation efforts, Allen’s landscape is adorned with large deciduous shade trees with expansive canopies. Don’t overlook the small deciduous trees, though; they often have ornamental value that goes beyond the shade offered by the tree canopy.

Providing valuable shade from the torrid summer heat, these trees can be vulnerable to pathogens and diseases. Mike Sills, Regional Urban Forester with the Texas Forest Service, will address such issues such as invasive beetles and oak wilt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Allen Public Library. Sponsored by Allen Public Library, Allen Parks and Recreation Department and the Allen Garden Club, admission to the event is free, and the program will be web-cast live on

Mike graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Forestry and obtained his International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist certification and private pilot license in 1997. During Covid, he received accreditation as a Certified Forester and Board-Certified Master Arborist from the Society of American Foresters and ISA, respectively.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Drive. Call 214.509.4911 for more information.

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