Centuries-Old Tree Dedicated at Arlington Preserve
Published October 29, 2019 By A.G. DOMKE
A 200-year-old oak tree in Arlington was recently recognized as a historic tree thanks to an intrepid tree lover.
Wes Culwell, a Fort Worth arborist, discovered the old post oak at Southwest Nature Preserve in 2015.
He was preparing to give a presentation on historic trees at a Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve meeting, when he asked to be shown around the nature area. Located just south of I-20 on Bowman Springs Road in southwest Arlington, the park has been kept as a wildscape. No soccer fields, just a few picnic tables dot the perimeter of the parking lot, surrounded by rapidly expanding urban sprawl.
The preserve almost became a housing development back in 2004. But the Arlington Parks and Recreation officials and City Council member Sheri Capehart along with residents lobbied to keep it a wildlife refuge. They envisioned a smaller version of River Legacy Park, the 1,300-acre jewel of the Arlington Parks system, located in north Arlington.
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