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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 @ 7pm, ACC presents

Montana Williams giving an overview of Keep Arlington Beautiful & the City of Arlington volunteer program

Note due to a recent increase in omicron variants in Tarrant County, this is a Zoom only presentation.


Click Link to Join on Zoom:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89901820929

Montana Williams will give an overview of the Arlington Parks and Rec volunteer program, highlighting key volunteer opportunities, the application process and the department’s goals for volunteerism. He also will discuss the Keep Arlington Beautiful initiative, its past and plans for renewal.
Montana Williams is an administrative professional with 10-plus years’ experience in public horticulture. A Colorado State University graduate (bachelor’s in horticulture, MBA), he has spent the bulk of his career working for nonprofits and two municipalities, creating and maintaining natural spaces, and connecting his community with the plant world through volunteerism. He is most passionate about creating systems that mobilize human capital to better our world for people and wildlife. He works in the city's Administrative Services area.



Wednesday, June 1, 2022 @ 7 pm ACC presents Partnerships, Trees, and Water Quality:  Riparian Restoration on Wilson Creek by

David Cowan, North Texas Municipal Water District & Mac Martin, Texas A&M Forest Service

On Texas Arbor Day weekend, Nov. 6-7, over 120 volunteers gathered on the banks of Wilson Creek in McKinney to protect water quality and strengthen the environment. They planted over 1,600 flood-adapted native trees to reduce erosion and mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff into Lavon Lake, the primary water source for 2 million North Texans.
It was the kind of occasion that energizes environment-focused professionals like David Cowan and Mac Martin. With it as an example, they will share a hopeful tale of vision, sweat equity and public/private partnerships.
David is the watershed manager for the North Texas Municipal Water District. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (BS biology, MS aquatic science), David has 30 years' experience in watershed protection as a fisheries biologist, laboratory technician, and coordinator at the federal, regional, and local level. He currently leads source water and watershed protection efforts to safeguard the district's water supplies and aquatic resources. NTMWD is a regional wholesale provider of water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services for 2+ million residents across 10 counties spanning 2,200 square miles.
Mac is the partnership coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. He is passionate about connecting nontraditional partners to natural resources and helping them understand the overwhelming benefits trees and forests provide. A graduate of the University of Georgia (BS in forest resources), he focuses on flood mitigation, water quality, urban heat island reduction, and expanding Texas’ urban forest canopy.


Environmentalism in DFW: An update
by Lon Burnam, former state representative and Lifelong environmentalist

Former state Rep. Lon Burnam reached Tarrant County before he was 9 weeks old and, except for undergraduate school, has lived here ever since. He considers himself a lifelong environmentalist, helping organize his high school activities for the first Earth Day in 1970 and joining Zero Population Growth that same year.
He served in the Texas House of Representatives for 18 years and during that time was on the Environmental Regulation and Energy Resources Committee. He served on the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center board and is a founder of the Water District Accountability Project.
Most recently he spoke at two Arlington City Council meetings in support of the Liveable Arlington campaign to prevent more natural gas pumping near a child care facility. His primary focus is on dealing with toxics.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 7pm ACC Presents

Urban wildlife: How we can all just get along by Ray Rentschler, Field Operations Manager, Code Compliance, City of Arlington

ray2Presenter: Ray has been in the animal control field for over 20 years, and with numerous titles, including animal control officer, bite investigator, dangerous dog investigator and cruelty investigator. He has completed his Basic, Advanced, and Administrative Animal Control training and instructs animal law enforcement classes across the state.
He is a certified humane investigator through the University of Missouri-Columbia, certified in Chemical Capture through Safe Capture, and has specialized training in basic criminal investigation and intermediate crime scene investigation. He has had special training in wildlife rehabilitation basics and urban wildlife from Texas Parks and Wildlife. And he attended an alligator handling class.
Program Description:  Arlington Animal Services field operations manager Ray Rentschler will explore the types of urban wildlife in and around Arlington — coyotes, bobcats, skunks, alligators, feral hogs, snakes — and strategies for living with our wild neighbors. He also will discuss Arlington's new Wildlife Sustainability Program and how the city responds to wildlife issues.


ACC Presents Wednesday March 2, 2022 @ 7pm

Liveable Arlington:  Grassroots Environmental Campaigns by Ranjana Bhandari

Liveable Arlington executive director Ranjana Bhandari is a longtime Arlington resident who was a stay-at-home mother when natural gas drilling arrived in Arlington. She founded Liveable Arlington in January 2015 over concerns about the detrimental effects of pollution from gas drilling and its role in accelerating the climate crisis.

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Ranjana is on the board of Earthworks, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting communities from the adverse health impacts of energy development. She also serves as a member of Arlington’s Citizens' Environmental Committee. She holds a master's in economics from Brown University.
Her talk will highlight her group's efforts, including the recent 23-month-long campaign to stop the permitting of gas wells next to an East Arlington preschool that ended with a permit denial last month.


ACC Presents Wednesday February 2, 2022 @ 7pm

How Climate Change is Impacting DFW by Ted Ryan

Ted Ryan is a science operations officer in the Fort Worth-Dallas office of the National Weather Service, a division of NOAA. He will discuss the climate-driven trends in temperature and precipitation that will affect North Central Texas for the next decade, what to expect and how to prepare for it.Ted-Ryan
A lifelong Texas resident, Ted started his forecasting career in 1997 at the NWS in Corpus Christi, his hometown. He earned a B.S. degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University and in 2004 moved to the NWS Fort Worth-Dallas office. He is a self-described weather dork, garden geek and football fanatic.
Time: Feb 2, 2022 6:30 PM social & equipment testing. Presentation at 7pm Central Time (US and Canada)

To listen to Ted Ryan's talk, click the link below.



Zoom Annual Meeting, January 19, 2022 @ 7pm

Hear park presentations, accomplishments, and vote on ACC priorities & board members 

All interested are invited


ACC Presents Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Getting up to (High) Speed:  DFW Corridor Study

Ian Bryant, Chris Masters, Israel Crowe

6:30 PM social time and equipment check, 7 PM Presentation

Presentation Description:  The DFW High-Speed Transportation Connections Study commissioned by the North Central Texas Council of Governments is an ongoing evaluation of a 30-mile corridor between downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.  The study aims to identify potential routes and vehicles, determine locations for terminals and other stations, develop plans for operations and service, compile environmental documentation, and generate preliminary engineering drawings for public information.


For the November 3 ACC Zoom meeting, three principal consultants on the study will update what has been accomplished and what comes next.
Project manager Ian Bryant has extensive expertise in a variety of relevant fields, including long-range regional transit development, needs-assessment corridor studies, and land use, socioeconomic, and indirect impacts analysis.
Deputy project manager Chris Masters, P.E., has over 25 years’ experience delivering complex capital programs involving all aspects of transit program management, planning, design, and construction.
Lead engineer and design manager Israel Crowe, P.E., brings more than 20 years of experience in roadway and transit design to the analysis of high-speed transportation alternatives to connect Dallas and Fort Worth with each other and with other planned passenger systems in the state.


ACC Presents Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Janice Bezanson, Texas Conservation Alliance

Presentation1"Marvin Nichols:  Why Bad Projects Get Good Spin"

Marvin Nichols Reservoir would destroy 66,000 acres of prime bottomland wildlife habitat, force thousands of Texans to sell their family lands, and cost the people of the Dallas-Fort Worth area $4.4 billion in increased water rates.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is not in urgent need of additional water supply. If the region needs more water in future decades there are cheaper, less destructive ways to obtain water supply than building a huge new reservoir.

Janice Bezanson, Texas Conservation Alliance’s longtime executive director, now TCA’s senior policy director, has 40 years’ experience protecting rivers, forests, prairies, and other rich wildlife habitats. Janice has successfully campaigned for over 100,000 acres of state and federal wildlife areas that protect diverse habitats. She has organized opposition to damming pristine rivers, saving tens of thousands of aquatic and bottomland critters from being left homeless. Her input to state water planning has spanned several decades.

Janice has served on numerous boards and advisory boards and been honored with awards from the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Texas, Chevron, the Big Thicket Association, and the Sierra Club. She was featured in the Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum.


 ACC Presents Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Kailey Broussard, Star-Telegram reporter

"Environmental and Developmental Issues taken up by the Arlington City Council"

Louisiana native Kailey Broussard covers Arlington accountability issues for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. While pursuing her degree at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Arizona State University), she reported on Arizona’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., pedestrian fatalities in the Sun Belt, and Venezuelan refugees in Peru through a 2019 Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship. She holds an MMC from Arizona State and a BA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists regions 11 and 12, Southeast Journalism Conference, Arizona Press Club, and Broadcast Education Association.

For assistance accessing the meeting, contact Frank Keeney, (817) 706-9518, [email protected].


ACC Presents

Jim Schermbeck: "DFW Air Quality and More"

August 4, 2021. Social time and equipment set up 6:30PM

Presentation starts 7PM Make-Dallas-Greener-768x512

Jim Schermbeck.  Born and raised in Fort Worth, Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from Austin College and did post-graduate work at the University of North Texas and University of Texas at Arlington. From 1977 to 1988 he worked to stop the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant as a volunteer and professional organizer. He was Program Director of the Dallas office of the National Toxics Campaign from 1989 to 1994, where he assisted DFW residents in identifying two Superfund Sites, including the former RSR lead smelter in West Dallas. He’s been with Downwinders at Risk since 1994. He’s held the title of Director of Downwinders at Risk since 2007.


 Arlington Conservation Council Presentation

June 2, 2021 6:30 to 8PM

    Presenter: Susan Alvarez on

Dallas Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan: An Overview

Click the link below to view Susan's talk.  Passcode=.v3Y8L#=



On May 27, 2020, Dallas city leaders adopted the climate action plan to meet a commitment to the goals of the 2017 Paris Climate Agreement. Ms. Alvarez will provide a brief overview of the plan, the important roles that the community played in its development and implementation, and lessons learned.

Susan Alvarez, PE, CFM, is assistant director of the Dallas Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. She has a bachelor of science in civil engineering with a minor in geology from Rice University and postgraduate work in water resources. A Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and five other western states and a Certified Floodplain Manager and Master Naturalist in Texas, she brings over 40 years’ experience in civil and environmental planning, engineering and management for municipal, tribal, state and federal governments. She is currently focused on implementing Dallas' climate action plan, the Urban Forest Master Plan, the city’s participation in the City Business Climate Alliance and related efforts.


Arlington Conservation Council Presentation, May 5, 2021 6:30 to 8PM

Presenter: Kris Russell on  DFW’s Sustainability Journey

DESCRIPTION:  DFW has proven that sustainability is good for business and have established a successful track record of reducing emissions, lowering operating costs, and driving economic value, all of which led us to become the first North American airport (and largest in the world) to achieve Carbon Neutral Status.  DFW recognizes our vital role in protecting natural resources for our community now and into the future – Climate Action is one of the key pillars of our sustainability strategy intended to protect our air, land, and water.

KRIS RUSSELLdownload is the Sustainability Program Manager at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport responsible for the Sustainability, Climate Protection, and Zero Waste programs. He received a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. In addition to over 20 years of aviation industry experience with DFW Airport, his resume includes work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Science Policy and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Kris serves as a U.S. Airport representative on the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program Global Task Force along with roles as1Chair of the Airport Council International [North America] Environmental Affairs Committee International Affairs Working Group and expert panel chair in The National Academies Airport Cooperative Research Program in Washington D.C


Arlington Conservation Council Presentation April 7, 2021- 6:30 to 8PM

Presenter: Brandon Belcher, The Nature Conservatory, North Texas Preserves Manager

To watch a recording of Brandon's talk, click on this link or paste it in your browser. Passcode: [email protected]https://zoom.us/rec/share/v5NHqm4utSq6PI6pc4D1meBuQQXAeW2wKGgjd7apErUAx3fbNRR866gDGN-4H-xF.isgMLyZNVqMruAy-

Topic: 'Texas Blackland Prairie – Past, Present, Future'

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Brandon Belcher manages five North Texas preserves and more than a dozen conservation easements for The Nature Conservancy. His focus is protecting and maintaining grasslands, including remnant prairielands. Conservation of these rare and fragile ecosystems is accomplished through partnerships with private landowners, other nongovernmental organizations, and local cities and counties, as well as state and federal agencies. Brandon received a BS in wildlife and conservation science and an MS in biology - plant ecology from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he teaches as an adjunct instructor.


Arlington Conservation Council Presentation, March 3, 2021

Social time, equipment testing at 6:30 PM Meeting starts 7:00 PM

Presenter: Peter McKonepeter mckone

Topic- Environmental Restoration

Talk Description:  The purpose of this talk is to discuss the problems and solutions associated with riparian and upland restoration projects in Texas with a focus on North Central Texas.  We will explore management issues with soils, hydrology and vegetation one can experience on a project.  From working in wetlands to uplands – what can one expect when trying to establish a native riparian corridor or native prairie.

Speaker:  Peter McKone has more than 25 years of experience with broad expertise in natural resources. Has served in the capacity of practice/department/group manager, project manager,wildlife biologist,and environmental scientist on projects located throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, California, Utah, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Vermont. Certified as a Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. Expertise in stream and wetland restoration,wildlife biology,wetlands ecology and mitigation, agency coordination, and NEPA document preparation. Currently serves as a Research Associate with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University for wetland delineation and other habitat and environmental subjects

To watch a recording of the Zoom presentation by Peter, click on the URL below.  Passcode is: 4+.GpfcM  You can bypass the 1/2 hour social content before Peter's talk using the glide bar. 



Arlington Conservation Council Presentation, February 3, 2021

                            Presenter and topic: Luke Metzger Executive Director                                                  Environment Texas

                 The current Texas Legislative session and the environment                            

 Social time, equipment testing at 6:30 PM Meeting starts 7:00 PM

Note: This is a virtual meeting.


As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at four Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.


January 13, 2021

ACC Annual Meeting

Join us for the ACC Annual Meeting, from 7PM to approximately 8:30 PM

We will elect board members, review ACC 2020 events including reports on Parks activities, discuss upcoming events, and vote on 2021 priorities. This will be a virtual "pot luck" event. Provide your own food and drink, or eat before!  

Arlington Conservation Council Annual Meeting
Time: Jan 13, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time.



November 4, 2020 7PM to 8PM


Soil Health: The World Beneath Your Feet

To watch a YouTube recording of Randy's talk, click on https://youtu.be/JURSgU9sCGg

November 4, 2020 ACC general meeting, presenter Randy Johnson, is scheduled for participants to start joining socially at 6:30pm.  The ACC meeting will start at 7:00pm.
Participants do not have to pre-register for the November Zoom meeting.  From their email, or the link below, click the "Join Zoom Meeting" link, then click button "Join Meeting".
Topic: ACC Monthly Meeting
Time: Nov 4, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Arlington Conservation Council is hosting a virtual presentation by Randy Johnson (aka Organic Randy) on Wednesday, November 4 at 7PM.  Get to know what's happening in the world beneath your feet from soil expert, Randy Johnson.  We know a lot about what's above our feet but little about the fascinating world beneath our feet. Most folks don't realize that almost all that we see above ground, terrestrially, is made possible by soil biology. Soil health is vital to everything growing, whether it’s your flower bed, yard, garden, pasture or field.  Randy will discuss foundation organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, soil mites, fungi, earthworms, etc.
Randy Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.  His business, Randy Johnson Organics, offers native plants and seeds for sale as well as offering on-site environmental consultations. Randy was formerly the Horticulture Manager at the Dallas Zoo and the Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens.  He is a board member of Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead, Texas, and is the Garden Consultant for the Lake Highland Community Garden.  He has served as the President and Vice President of the Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. 


Join ACC on October 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by

 Haley Samsel, Star-Telegram Environment Reporter,

on the Arlington Environment, Past & Future

To watch a YouTube recording of Haley's talk, click on https://youtu.be/lXeApNA3zto

Register to attend this online Zoom presentation by clicking the URL below or copying it into your browser.


Those registering will receive an email with instructions on how to attend.  When attending, be prepared to be have your audio and video off to allow Zoom to operate efficiently.  Attendees will use the Zoom chat feature during the presentation to post questions which Haley will answer at the end of her presentation.   If you are not familiar with Zoom, plan to come into the Zoom presentation 10 to 15 minutes before 7pm so any issues can be addressed.  If this is your first Virtual Zoom Meeting or you are not familiar with the Zoom platform you can test your computer or smart phone at https://zoom.us/test   This link will let you download the Zoom App if you don't have it.  For assistance contact Frank Keeney, (817) 706-9518, [email protected] For more details, go to http://www.acctexas.org/meetings/


Haley Samsel covers the environmental consequences of economic growth for the Star-Telegram.  Haley began her journalistic career as an editor for The Eagle, American University's student newspaper, in her freshman year and served as editor-in-chief for 2018-2019.  During her time in D.C. she reported on Capitol Hill for The Texas Tribune and interned for NPR’s education desk, USA Today College, The Investigative Reporting Workshop, and The Washington Monthly.  Since graduation Haley has covered everything from cyber-security to home medical equipment as an associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Security Today magazines in Dallas. More recently, Haley contributed articles on youth issues to YR Media.  She grew up in Plano.


Wednesday,March 4, 2020

Charley Amos

The Importance of Being Outdoors

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013


 I’m a 2015 graduate of the Texas Master Naturalist Program.

I’ve been birding for almost 30 years and have always spent time in nature.

 I’m a two-time past president of Fort Worth Audubon Society, and I have led birding trips all over the state.  Despite birding trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Europe, and Canada, my favorite destination is Big Bend National Park.

 I volunteer at several local parks leading nature walks for both children and adults.  As a Master Naturalist, I also regularly volunteer at several local native plant pollinator gardens. I graduated from UTA with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but alas they are not in science.

 Wednesday, February 4, 2020

Dr. Ignacio Nunez

Erosdrion Mitigation and More

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013


  • Elected May 2019

Term expires May 2021

Represents the portion of the city bounded by Great Southwest Parkway and the city limits on the east, Pioneer Parkway on the south, Bowen Road on the west, and Division Street on the north. District 5 includes downtown Arlington, City Hall, the University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library and General Motors.

Ignacio began his adult life in Arlington in 1971 working at Six Flags and attending UT Arlington. After his medical education and residency, he began his career at Arlington Memorial Hospital in 1983 and was a partner with Family Healthcare Associates. He was the first member of his family to attend college and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Nunez delivered babies for close to 30 years and continued the practice of Gynecology until his retirement 2018.

He’s married to Lynda Nunez and they have three daughters, one son and nine grandchildren. Lynda has lived her entire life in Arlington. He and Lynda have established Scholarships in both the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts at UTA in honor of their mothers’ memories. He is a member of the UTA College of Science Advisory Board, a member of the Texas Health Resources Board Strategy Subcommittee, and formally served on the Planning and Zoning Commission of Arlington.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 10 AM till noon:

  ACC Annual Business Meeting and Potluck Brunch

The Montessori Academy, 3428 W Arkansas Lane, Arlington TX 76016

Click here for directions.




November 6, 2019

Wendy Pappas


Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Wendy Pappas
Urban Forest and Land Manager, City of Arlington
I have loved plants all my life. When I was a small child, when my parents were at work I 10703935_10152539371231492_8350059847531338534_nwould stay with my great grandparents. They had a huge over an acre vegetable garden along with tons of flower garden around their house. I work with my grandmother everyday in the garden and fell in love with plants.
When I got older and it was time to go to college I could not think of anything else I loved to do expect work with plants. Horticulture seemed to be the right field for me. I attended the University of Arkansas and received a B.S in landscape horticulture with a minor in landscape design. While I was at the University I had to chance to do my internship in Scotland. I worked at the Explorers garden in Pitlochery, Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. This was a live changing experience.
Once I finished college I went to work for The Country Club of Little Rock, as head Landscape Horticulturist. I worked there for many years.
I moved to Texas around 7 years ago. I started working for the City of Arlington in Golf but quickly decided that was not the place for me. The Urban Forest position came open and I got the job. I was Urban Forester for a few years when Urban Forest and Land Manger position came available. I got that job and here I am today.
I have a Texas pesticide licenses, Irrigators licenses, ISA certified Arborist with hazard tree certification, Past President of CTUFC, Superintendent of TCJJLS horticulture division and a Member of Arlington Nooners Toastmasters.
Personally, I have a beautiful daughter a wonderful husband, 3 dogs and a rabbit. I love to hike (like every weekend) and travel. I have a hiking, travel and garden blog, mywonderfulwalk.com….

October 2, 2019

 Dr. Victoria Farrar-MyersVictoria_Farrar_Myers

All things Arlington

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Victoria Farrar-Myers first moved to Arlington in 1998, and has been actively engaged in our city ever since. Dedicated to building communities, Victoria has held leadership positions in numerous volunteer organizations as well as served on the Planning & Zoning Commission and AISD's Financial Futures Committee.

Known as "Doc F-M' to her students, Victoria served as a Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington for 16 years, and is a Senior Fellow in the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. She received a Ph.D. from University at Albany, SUNY, a master's degree from University of Illinois, and a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College.

Victoria has been married to Jason since 1992, and they have one son. They are members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

September 4, 2019

Jeremy Priest, Arlington Forester

"Urban Forestry in Arlington, Texas"

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Jeremy Priest

Jeremy Priest is originally from Whitehouse, TX, which is just outside of Tyler in east Texas. He received his bachelors in Forest Range Management and a masters in Forestry both from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. For his masters degree he researched pine plantations growing on reclaimed minelands in east Texas and has published 3 peer reviewed journal articles. After he graduated in 2015, he worked for the federal government in Nevada for the Bureau of Land Management as a research associate and  worked on a lot of different projects over the 13 million acre region they managed. In 2016 he moved back to Texas and began working for the City of Arlington in August of 2016.


August 7, 2019

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013



Water 101 Plus, by Craig Cummings

Craig Cummings became Arlington Water Utilities Director in August 2018. With decades of experience in the water utilities industry, he had served as the assistant director of water treatment for Arlington since 2014. After a nationwide search, Cummings' extensive experience and record of innovation and operational improvements made him the clear choice to lead The American Dream City's award-winning Water Utilities Department.

"Water, they say, is life, and for nearly 40 years it has been my passion, my career and my life," Cummings said. "I have been blessed with a career of incredible challenges and experiences that have provided me a remarkable skill set readily able to meet the challenges of Arlington's water utility business."

No ACC meeting in July.  Join ACC members walking in the 4th of July Parade with ACC's beautiful float.  Next meeting is Wed, August 7, 2019.  

June 5, 2019 Friends of the Arlington Parks

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

The June 5, 2019 ACC Meeting is all about Friends of the Parks. The meeting is from 7-8 PM at the Fielder house,1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013.
       ACC's top 2019 priorities, as you may already know, is to connect, advocate, and enhance Friends of the Parks groups in Arlington.  For our first step with this priority, each Friends group will talk for approximately 7 minutes about their park, their projects, successes, issues, and future plans.  After all presentations, we will have a short question and answer session and discuss if future efforts are needed. The purpose of this meeting is to inform ACC members and friends about our parks and to discuss what coordinated steps could be taken to assist Friend's groups in future projects.  Invitees include representatives from the Blackland Prairie, Crystal Canyon, O. S. Grey, Randol Mill Park, River Legacy, Southwest Nature Preserve, and the Wildscape.
   Please join us for this fast paced and informative look into Arlington Parks and their Friends groups.

May 1, 2019:  Before Arlington: Indians, Militiamen, Pioneers and Traders by historian James Blackshear

Click below or paste the link into your browser to listen to the recorded talk.


Program:  Come and hear Southwestern historian James Bailey Blackshear speak about the historical significance of this region, including how the Indians lived here. Find out about the Battle of Village Creek and the first Texian land developers. The history of Texas is like a patchwork quilt, a collection of individual events, cultures and eras. The threads that weave this history together are its rivers. People always follow the rivers. The Wichita, Caddo and Cherokee Indians followed the Trinity River to this part of North Texas. They lived here in great numbers. Texian pioneers followed them, building the first Anglo settlements in the region. Within the Viridian development in Arlington sits what became known as Calloway Lake, one of the only natural lakes in North Texas. The historic Bird’s Fort was built next to the lake and was visited by founding fathers such as PresidentJames-blackshear Sam Houston.  After being retrieved from the Comanches, one of the most famous Texans who ever lived, Cynthia Ann Parker, lived in a nearby cabin.  Come hear about our celebrated, almost forgotten past.

Presenter:  Dr. James Bailey Blackshear teaches Texas and U.S. History at Collin College in Plano and the University of North Texas at Dallas. He has written two books on nineteenth century Southwestern history; Honor and Defiance: A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2013), and Fort Bascom: Soldiers, Comancheros and Indians in the Canadian River Valley (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). His articles have appeared in the New Mexico Historical Review and the Military History of the West. He has also published stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.


April 3, 2019: City by Nature: The North Texas Branch Waters Network by Kevin Sloan

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Program:  City by Nature will reveal the urbanism of the thirteen-county Metroplex that is Dallas-Fort Worth, whose expanding density has given rise to an astonishing set of challenges and unprecedented conditions — most notably, the appearance of wildlife within the city. Bald eagles, turkeys, fox, coyotes, bobcats and other species now thrive within the urban jurisdiction of DFW, typically along the natural corridors of the cities watershed network. The existence of wildlife within the city, along with the unsustainable and diffuse city pattern that enables it to exist, is laying the groundwork for new ideas and patterns to restructure the architectural landscape into a walkable synergy with nature.

Presenter:  Kevin Sloan is a city planner, landscape architect, writer and Professor of Practice in Architecture at UT Arlington’s CAPPA School of Architecture. His work at Kevin Sloan Studio has been nationally and internationally recognized, published, and exhibited. Through built works, articles and awards, Sloan has become an international voice and advocate for ReWILDING, an approach to environmental design that is sweeping the world. Award-winning built works that demonstrate ReWILDING are The Airfield Falls Conservation Park in Fort Worth, the biofiltering street at Dallas Urban Reserve and the spring-fed park and nature-driven urbanism at Vitruvian Park in North Dallas. He has been invited to speak internationally at conferences on ReWILDING in Dublin, Ireland and upcoming in Paris, France.

March 6, 2019: Citizen's Climate Lobby Update by Paula Luna

Note this meeting will be held at 7pm at the Fielder House, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Presenter:  Paula Luna, Co-leader of the Arlington Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby brings us up to date on the Lobby's local and nationwide activities. Paula learned about climate change from a job in the early 1990s when she tracked emissions from railcar manufacturing plants. Since the major drought of 2011, she has been alarmed at the effects and expected results from climate change, and the lack of action from the government. She joined Citizens Climate Lobby in 2015 to join a chorus of voices, also alarmed, and has volunteered with them ever since trying to bring attention to the topic and find support for their bill.

February 6, 2019: Trash It or Recycle It:  The Fort Worth Story by Joao Pimentel

Note this meeting will be held at 7PM at the Fielder House 1616 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013

Presenter: Joao Pimentel, Senior Planner with the Solid Waste Services Division of the City of Fort Worth Code Compliance Department.  "I was born and raised in Brazil. I have lived in the US since the end of 1994, and, prior to coming to this country, I lived in Europe for seven and a half years. I am married and have four children – the youngest of them in Heaven.  I hold degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Universidade de Brasilia, in Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, from the International Academy of Philosophy, in the Principality of Liechtenstein. I have 23 years of planning experience, and I am a certified planner. I have been with the City of Fort Worth since 2010, and was the project manager behind the development of the City’s new 2017-2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan – which we are now implementing. I currently manage the City’s Material Management Program and I head the Planning Section of the Solid Waste Division."

January 19, 2019, 10am-noon: Annual Pot Luck Meeting

ACC’s annual potluck meeting is Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10am-noon, at the Montessori School, 3428 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016.  Click here for directions.

November 7, 2018: Sustainable Building by Gary Gene Olp, FAIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow Environmental Architect

Note:  We will meet in the Excellence Room, third floor of the George V. Hawkes Central Library, 100 South Center St. in Arlington at 7pm.  There is street parking on Center and Main Streets and a parking garage just across the street from the main entrance off of Center (also accessible from Mesquite St.).

Program: To many architects, “sustainability” is a relatively new concept. Sustainability is in fact an approach that was employed by nearly all native peoples and ancient civilizations around the planet prior to the rapid changes forced upon us by the first industrial revolution.” So, what does it really mean to design sustainable architecture? Is this some new fad like destructivism or post-modernism? Do sustainable buildings look different than “ordinary” buildings? Are sustainable buildings more expensive or more difficult to construct?

Presenter: Gary Gene Olp, directs GGOArchitects, Corp., an acclaimed architectural studio in Dallas, Texas. BlubonnetsGGOArchitects was the first green practice in Dallas, focusing on green buildings that incorporate energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, non-toxic materials, advanced building science and enhanced indoor air quality. GGOA has since completed more than 375 projects including residential, commercial, institutional and museum work throughout the United States. Gary’s civic involvement in the City of Dallas reflects his commitment to a broader vision as a practicing professional. He has served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic boards, committees and task forces. Gary is most proud of his service with the Boy Scouts of America serving as Assistant Scout Master and High Adventure Coordinator for Troop 744 & 861. Both of his sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Gary and his studio continue to be recognized as a leading sustainability-focused firm and has been recognized with 7 major design awards, 3 NAHB Energy Value Housing awards, multiple green building awards and honors. GGOA designed the first LEED Platinum certified home in the State of Texas; Heather’s Home which was featured in Oprah Magazine. Recent awards include Green Ribbon Award for a Public LEED Project, (USGBC NTX), Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE), Outstanding Individual and GreenSource DFW’s Sustainable Leadership Award. When he isn’t designing or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family on his organic urban farm, tending to their backyard bees, and chickens, and enjoying the antics of three rescue dogs.

October 3, 2018, DFW:  A cradle of turtle diversity and lair of lurking leviathans by Carl Franklin. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Note:  We will meet in the Excellence Room, third floor of the George V. Hawkes Central Library, 100 South Center St. in Arlington at 7pm.  There is street parking on Center and Main Streets and a parking garage just across the street from the main entrance off of Center (also accessible from Mesquite St.).

turtle-150x150Program:   Herpetologist and author Carl Franklin will share his extensive knowledge of Testudines with ACC members.  "Texas can boast a high turtle diversity with three species that naturally occur only here and nowhere else. In fact, Texas is home to almost half of the turtle diversity in the United States!  With [the state's] rapidly growing population, it is becoming more important now than ever to educate people young and old about these animals, their interesting behaviors, priceless value of their presence in the wild, and the challenges that threaten their very existence."  CJF in TexasTurtles.org

Program:   Carl J. Franklin, Biological Curator, Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, UTA

September 5, Tour of new Arlington Central Library

Note:  We will tour the George W. Hawkes Central Library, 100 South Center St. in Arlington at 7pm. We will gather just inside the main (south) entrance to tour this Silver LEED certified building. There is street parking on Center Street and a parking garage just across the street from the main entrance off of Center ( also accessible from Mesquite St.).

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-9,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YProgram:  For the September 5th 2018 meeting of ACC, we will tour the New George W, Hawkes Central Library. The tour will include an overview of the plaza, which has 50 trees, over 1500 native plants, and a rainwater riverbed feature. Inside, there is the sustainability shop that sells used books, eco friendly office supplies, tote bags, and water bottles which can be refilled in the Library. There is also a seed library that started with over 1000 packets of seeds that can be checked out. The 3rd floor hosts a butterfly garden, and a Sun Club Garden that has native plants, which are rainwater fed. The roof boasts a solar array which generates enough electricity to run 56- 3 bedroom homes.

Tour Guide:  Erin Halovanic, Library Services Manager came to APL after a brief stint at the Plano Public Library. Prior to her move to Texas in February 2017, she was the director of the Horsham Department of Library and Recreation Services in Horsham, PA, a suburb of Philly. Erin hails originally from KY and lived for many years in Cincinnati, OH before her move to Philly. Shehas been a librarian for more than 20 years and has worked in Public, Academic, Community College, and High School Libraries. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Library Science, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in School Library Media. Erin is married, has two teenagers, and currently lives in Plano.

August 1, Tour of the Renovations & New Exhibits at the River Legacy Living Science Center by Becky Nussbaum.  

Note:  The tour will be at the River Legacy Living Science Center, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7-8pm. The center is at 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76006.  Ample parking is available behind the building.  Use the entrance to the Center where Cooper Street dead ends into Green Oaks Blvd.

Tour Description: River Legacy Living Science Center houses interactive exhibits, native animals, and environmental education programs, including after school and home school nature science programs for kids.  The Center has recently undergone a major $2.5 million renovation of its educational displays and technology. Becky will show ACC members the NEW Discovery Room and how the new exhibits and technology enhances and supports kid’s education. For more details, see https://riverlegacy.org/river-legacy-living-science-center

Tour Guide: Becky Nussbaum is a long-time employee of the Center who is currently the Fund Development Coordinator of the River Legacy Foundation/River Legacy Living Science Center.

Below, see the interactive screens of the new River Legacy Discovery Room.


No meeting in July.  Join the ACC Gang with their 4th of July Arlington parade entry.  

June 6, 7-8pm:  Billions of Birds visit Texas: Migration in our state each year by Walter Berk, Master Birder

Program Description: Walter's "Billions of Birds visit Texas" talk will take birds us through this awesome annual ritual.

Presenter:  Walt Berk has been observing and counting birds since his retirement from the Army 30 years ago, with a focus on birding Texas for the last 20. A resident of Burleson, Walt is a graduate of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Home Study Course in Bird Biology and is a member of both the Dallas and Fort Worth Audubon societies. Walt took the first 10-month Master Birder class taught semi-annually by the Dallas Audubon Society and has taught senior enrichment classes in birding at Tarrant County College campuses in spring and fall for several years. He is also a popular speaker on bird ecology to civic and environmental groups and often leads bird identification field trips throughout the Metroplex. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

May 2, 7-8pm:  World of Bees by Ryan Giesecke

Ryan-Giesecke-150x150Program Description:  Ryan's "World of Bees" talk will walk us through his fascination with how bees function, explore our dependence on bee pollination, and detail the diversity of native bee species, as well as discussing ways to get started in urban beekeeping and how non-beekeepers can help our bee population.

Presenter:  Ryan maintains several beeyards in the Dallas area and runs Honey Bee Relocation Services, a small company specializing in live bee removal, taking bees out of problem spots and getting them back into productive situations.  Ryan is president of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, active in the Texas Master Beekeeper Program, and does a good deal of educational work pertaining to bees and beekeeping.

April 4, 7-8pm: iNaturalist wants you! by Annabelle Corboy

Program Description: On April 27 – 30, 65 cities in 17 countries around the world will participate in the third annual City Nature Challenge. Seven urban areas in Texas will be participating including last year’s champion, Dallas/Fort Worth.  Many local nature-centered organizations will be hosting events that will make it fun and easy to contribute to the D/FW team. The only requirement will be that you record your observations in iNaturalist. This evening’s program will provide an overview of iNaturalist, including what it is, who uses it, how to post observations, and how it can help you learn about the natural world. We will emphasize practical, step-by-step instructions for the Smartphone App as well as the iNaturalist.org website.

Presenter: Annabelle Corboy retired from Alcon Laboratories in 2013 after 39 years working in IT, R&D Applications. Since retirement, she has pursued her interests in nature and technology. Serving on the board for the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, she recruits speakers for the group’s monthly programs and helps maintain the group’s website and Facebook page. She has been an iNaturalist user since 2015. Though not an expert naturalist, Annabelle has become very familiar with how to use iNaturalist to appear to be one. She has developed a class for TCC NE Campus titled “Using Smartphone Apps to Explore Nature”, with an emphasis on iNaturalist.

March 7, 7-8pm:  Green features of the new Arlington Central Library and how its Sun Club's will promote Arlington’s sustainability by Yoko Matsumoto, Director of Libraries 

Presentation:   Imagine a library with a butterfly garden, an edible garden, a seed library, voltaic lighting, and more.  This is what our new library is offering Arlington citizens with the help of $400,000, from Green Mountain Energy (GME) Sun Club.  It’s the Sun Club’s largest grant ever!  Yoko will explain the green features of the library and its sustainable programs made possible by the GME Sun Club.  The mission of the Sun Club is to enhance the quality of life through long-term, sustainable solutions that focus on people and the planet.  Yoko’s presentation will have you ready to enjoy your new library when it opens June 16, 2018.

 Presenter:  Yoko Matsumoto is the Director of Libraries for the City of Arlin

gton. The Arlington Public Library (APL), located in Arlington, Texas, provides seven unique


neighborhood anchors that open the world of possibility to all who enter. Yoko began her career with APL in May of 2008 and was honored to be named director in March 2015.  Prior to joining APL, Yoko worked extensively in the field of education. She taught in grades ranging from kindergarten to high school – skipping the entire middle school stage. She has supported youth development through coaching soccer and volleyball at the high school and club levels. Yoko gained non-profit experience presenting educational programs to parents with children in inner city schools in Dallas. Between 199obamlokhfkmgahmg8-2000, Yoko served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the Island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde located in West Africa.

Yoko was born and raised in Oak Cliff. She graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas and arrived at The University of Texas at Arlington as a scholarship athlete in volleyball in 1992. She received a B.A. in History in 1996, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2006, and is currently working on a Master of Public Administration. She lives, works and plays in Arlington with her 11-year-old twins Asaya and Matisse and her husband Eric Matsumoto.

February 7, 7-8pm: What is the Texas Wildlife Association and how can you get involved by Sarah GrellaHeadshot_Grella

Program Description:  The Texas Wildlife Association is a nonprofit striving to connect Texans of all ages with the outdoors through meaningful and informative interactions. Attendees will gain an understanding of the many program avenues through which we achieve this goal. Local volunteer opportunities with the TWA L.A.N.D.S. Intensive and Trinity River Program will be discussed.

Presenter: Sarah Grella earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of North Texas (UNT) in December of 2010. Her studies were focused in biogeography, which were highlighted with the co-presented research on white-tailed deer at the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers conference in Austin.  Sarah continued her education, earning a master’s degree in biology, also from UNT, in December of 2014. Her graduate career was centered on northern bobwhite quail conservation and youth education. As the first of member of UNT Quail, she helped map north Texas bobwhite populations and contributed to UNT Quail’s youth and community outreach programs.

During this time, Sarah developed her professional goal to serve her community as an intermediary between research and public education. After graduation, as a Texas certified educator, Sarah taught high school biology in the Greater Fort Worth area. Although her desires for education were met through this avenue, her true passion for encouraging youth to learn outside was better aligned in her volunteer work with the Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) and Trinity River programs within the Texas Wildlife Association. It was through these volunteer efforts that in June of 2015 Sarah was presented her current opportunity within TWA.

Sarah is an education program specialist for Conservation Legacy’s L.A.N.D.S. Intensive team in North Texas, and currently reside in Fort Worth. She has the privilege of organizing and implementing around 30 field investigation days every school year. On the Trinity River and within the North Texas prairies, thousands of students explore their local ecosystems through these investigative events annually. The Texas Wildlife Association has allowed Sarah the opportunity to apply her passion for the outdoors professionally every day for the past two and a half years and even better, share and nurture that passion in the next generation of Texans.

Every day Sarah is guided by the belief that a person cannot truly love something they have never experienced firsthand. She is blessed with the mission of providing young Texans the opportunity to learn about and experience their prairies and rivers so that one day they can love and protect them fiercely.

Annual Pot Luck Meeting, January 13, 2018 10am-noon

ACC’s annual potluck meeting is Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am-noon, at the Montessori School, 3428 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016Click here for directions.

November 8, 2017,  7-9pm:  Arlington on the Move: A Transportation Forum

JB-LecturePresenter:  Moderator is Kevin Donovan.  Panel members and their topics are:

  • Kevin Feldt - NCTCOG - Brief history of where we are with regional transportation and how we got here, challenges of routes and modes, jurisdiction, funding, etc.
  • Jungus Jordan - Ft Worth's transportation status and plans for the future.
  • Drew Campbell - the Dallas/Dallas Co. situation.
  • Kathryn Wilemon - Arlington's status, task force recommendations, future?

Program Description:  Public officials and transportation experts will discuss where we are, how we got here, and what the future may hold.  The Fort Worth Transit Authority has developed a transportation plan for a Trinity Railway Express station in North Arlington at FM 157 and Highway 183, but how people would move from it into the city has not been decided. A citizens Transportation Advisory Committee has been studying options for a year and will present recommendations for hubs, corridors and circulators (http://www.arlington-tx.gov/tac/wp-content/uploads/sites/65/2016/10/August-03-2017-TAC-Recommendations.pdf). Although Arlington residents have rejected diesel-powered buses and light rail in the past, today's buses run on clean-burning compressed natural gas, a greener alternative. But Arlington’s mayor is taking it even further. He imagines an automated, electric shuttle connecting Texas Live! and its hotel, AT&T stadium, the new Rangers ballpark, downtown, shopping areas in the north and south, and UT Arlington. “We can't build roads fast enough to keep up with future demand,” says Mayor Williams.

October 4, 2017:  Regional and Local Water Conservation Initiatives for Long-Term Water Supply by Dustan Compton

Presenter:  Dustan Compton is the Regional Conservation Program Manager at the Tarrant Regional Water District Dustan Compton Photo

Program Description:  Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is a raw water supplier for all or parts of an 11 county area within North Texas.  TRWD operates a series of water supply lakes to support approximately 2.1 million water users.  Population is expected to double within the next 50 years and water supply planning includes conservation to meet the growing need.  Conservation is the long-term approach of using water more efficiently today so that it may be available for additional use tomorrow.  Various indoor/outdoor, advertising, education, partnership, customer, technology and innovative-supply programs are in place or in the planning stages.  This presentation will provide an update on water supply conditions and conservation initiatives.

September 6, 2017:  Food Too Good to Waste by Stephen Sturdivant

hierarchy simplePresenter: Stephen Sturdivant is an environmental engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office under the Sustainable Materials Management Program. This program seeks to use materials in the most productive way with an emphasis on using less and assure we have sufficient resources to meet today’s needs and those of the future. Stephen graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of North Texas and has over 10 years of experience in environmental protection.

Program Description: The term “food waste” is commonly used to describe food unfit for human consumption that is sent for disposal. Wasted food is a growing problem in our modern society and an untapped opportunity. EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting 21.6 percent of discarded municipal solid waste. This program will delve into the reasons why we should reduce food waste and ways we can make that happen.

August 2, 2017:  Grassroots Environmental Campaigns For A Liveable Arlington by Ranjana Bhandari

ranjanaPresenter: Ranjana Bhandari is a long time Arlington resident with a Master's in Economics from Brown University. She was an Economics Professor and then a stay at home mother when drilling arrived in Arlington. She founded Liveable Arlington in January 2015 because she had serious concerns about pollution from gas drilling and its detrimental effects upon our citizens. Ranjana is a member of the Core Advisory Board of the national organization, Halt The Harm, "a people-powered network connecting Leaders and Supporters in the movement to halt the harms of fracking, to solve problems, collaborate, share ideas and inspire each other to halt gas development's impact on our families, communities and environment."

Program Description: Ranjana will discuss some of her group's efforts in the last two years, including the recent Save Lake Arlington campaign against the Bluestone injection well, and look at local issues of concern that her group wants to work on in the future.

June 7, 2017:  Texas Bumble Bees: Natural History, Research, and Conservation by Jessica Beckham

Bumble-BeePresenter:  Dr. Jessica Beckham is a Texas bumble bee expert, and all-around "bug nerd." She has researched a variety of topics pertaining to native Texas bumble bees, including their use of urban green spaces, statewide species distributions, and species persistence across northeast Texas. She is currently evaluating the taxonomic status of the Sonoran bumble bee as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Texas.

Program Description: Bumble bees are important pollinators in both natural and agricultural systems. Unfortunately, they are declining worldwide; five of the twelve documented species found in Texas have experienced range reductions. This program will introduce you to the natural history of bumble bees, identification of common species in Texas, ongoing research at the University of North Texas, and ways that you can help to conserve these vital resources.

May 3, 2017: Challenges with Water Quality Monitoring and Implications for Endangered Species in Central and North Texas by Erik L. Orsak

Eric OrsakPresenter:  Erik L. Orsak, Branch of Restoration and Pre-listing. Division of Environmental Quality - Arlington Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Erik has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service for twenty years. He currently serves as a Branch Chief in the Arlington Office of the FWS. He holds a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry Minor, and a M.S. in Biology with Emphasis on Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. His areas of expertise include toxicology, water quality evaluations, and endangered species exposure to environmental contaminants.

April 5, 2017: Update on Arlington’s Parks and Open Spaces by APRD Director Lemuel Randolph

 Presenter: Lemuel Randolph, Director, Arlington Parks and Recreation

 Lemuel.Program Description:  Come get an update from our Parks Director and learn about his goals for the future.  Now in his third year with APRD, Lemuel Randolph came to Arlington in 2014 from the City of McKinney where he served as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.  With a total of 23 years of experience directing municipal parks and recreation departments, Randolph has also worked for the cities of Missouri City, Sugar Land and San Bernardino.

Mar 1, 2017:  Solid Waste Management in Arlington:  An Overview by Vince Hrabalpic2

Presenter:  Vince Hrabal, Municipal Services Manager, Republic Services Inc.  has been with Republic Services, Inc. for 38 years. 

Program Description:  Ever wonder what happens after the truck picks up your trash and recycle goodies twice a week?  Here's your chance to discover the complex business of solid waste management and to have a local expert answer all your questions.

Feb 1, 2017:  Texas’ environment in the Trump era: Outlook on federal and state policy by Luke Metzger

Luke-MetzgerPresenter:  Luke Metzger is the founding Director of Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-funded advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces. The San Antonio Current has called Mr. Metzger "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has played a key role in dozens of successful environmental campaigns, including winning permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend, getting Shell and ChevronPhillips to cut air pollution at two Texas refineries and chemical plants, and getting the Legislature to dramatically boost funding for water conservation and state parks. 

Program Description: Luke will speak on threats to the environment posed by the Trump administration and opportunities to help protect the environment locally.

Nov 2, 2016: Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Project: Keeping Arlington's Water Clean and Safe by Aaron Hoff

Presenter: Aaron Hoff is the Watershed Coordinator and Environmental Scientist for the Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Project of the Trinity River Authority.

hoff-1Aaron grew up in Windthorst, TX, just south of Wichita Falls. Worked for my family through high school, on a 200-cow dairy farm ran by my father and uncle. Grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and learning everything I could about the natural world in my neck of the woods. Growing up near the Red River, I didn’t know creeks ran clear until I took a trip to the Brazos in Jr. High – I just assumed all water that wasn’t in the ocean was brown. Mom and Dad accepted nothing from the best from me in school, and with their support and help, I was able to get into and graduate from Texas A&M University in 2007. I liked College Station so much that I stuck around and got my masters in Water Management and Hydrologic Sciences while working full-time for Texas Water Resources Institute on some of the earliest watershed protection plans (WPPs) in Texas. I then took the plunge and moved to Dallas where I began working for the EPA-Region 6 as I finished up my masters. With EPA, I worked primarily along the Louisiana Coast, on coastal restoration projects. From there, I worked in the private sector for a short time before moving to the Trinity River Authority of Texas to take advantage of the opportunity to oversee another WPP, this time for the Village Creek-Lake Arlington watershed. I live in Flower Mound, where I split the commute with my fiancé, who works in Plano. We have 2 rescue dogs of our own, and we currently foster 1 or 2 visiting dogs from a rescue group and the SPCA of Texas. When I’m not at work, you can usually find me in the garage, restoring old hand tools or building stuff out of old pallet wood.

Program Description:  Bring your questions and concerns about the water quality of Village Creek and Lake Arlington and what is being done to improve it.  Aaron's presentation will cover:

  1. What’s a watershed? – Aaron will describe the Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed boundaries, land use, tributaries, water treatment plants, and uses of water within a watershed (drinking, recreation, commercial, industrial, etc.).
  2. Pollutants – Aaron will review some expected sources of pollution and explain them in the context of stormwater runoff from a watershed standpoint.
  3. Data collection – Aaron will present the current data collection effort and the data from the past decade that got Village Creek on the 303(d) List of impaired water bodies in the first place, as well as the nutrient screening parameters that landed Lake Arlington on the “Concerns” list.
  4. Best Management Practices (BMPs) – Aaron will describe different methods of nonpoint source pollution management (avoid, control, treat) and how the WPP will use the data collected to begin recommending BMPs from a watershed stakeholder perspective.
  5. Project timeline – Aaron will present the steps of the ‘planning’ phase of the WPP, and how the steps will support the implementation phase of the project where the BMPs are actually put in place using match funding from federal dollars.

Oct 5, 2016:  5 Ways to Price (Pay for) Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Ricky Bradley

Presenter:  Ricky Bradley serves as Information Technology Director and Lerickybradleyad Developer of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s websites. This includes the design, build, and implementation of new web pages as well as maintenance of the existing web portfolio. Additionally, Ricky’s focus is on supporting volunteers who are creating the political will for a livable world.

Prior to joining CCE, Ricky served as Director of Quality Assurance and Communications for the world’s third largest bank. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communications before receiving a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from S.M.U. Sandwiched between degree programs, Ricky studied Information Technology at UNLV

Program Description: Reducing carbon emissions from power plants, cars, etc., has become a high priority for humans and is being hotly debated in the November elections. Carbon-emitting fuels are the main source of energy in the human economy; when we produce energy—heat or electricity—we tend to use fuels that are burned and which then emit carbon-based molecules into the atmosphere. We pay the retail price for access to this energy, but we don’t pay for the underlying chemistry, the distortionary impact of pollution costs, or the destabilization of our climate system—at least not at retail. If we break down the financing of the cost of doing business in carbon-emitting fuels, we get a list of 5 basic options we have for paying the cost of using carbon-emitting fuels.  Ricky's presentation will present these 5 basic pricing options and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option so we can make better decisions for DFW and the world.

Sep 7, 2016:  Bird Migration and what we can expect to discover here in North Texas by Charlie Amos

IMG_0020Presenter: Charley is a Cross Timbers Master Naturalist, who has been birding over 30 years and has attracted over 90 species of birds to his yard, which he describes as "constantly alive with action," from not only birds, but mammals, reptiles and insects, as well. Charley travels extensively; always tracking that infrequently seen bird in nature, while visiting other wildlife along the way. He just returned from an exhilarating adventure in Costa Rica, where he observed and photographed some of the most spectacular birds on the planet.

Charley is past president of the Fort Worth Audubon Society, and as a guide for hikes featuring bird spotting and identification, he's in demand statewide. He also volunteers at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington and Oliver Nature Park in Mansfield, where he leads nature walks for both children and adults. He has been a valued guide at Walk on the Wild Side at Veteran's Park, where school children are invited to come and commune with nature.

Growing up on a farm north of Ft. Worth, Charley's family grew their own food. Today, he plants natives organically in his own yard and works part-time as a naturalist at Wild Birds Unlimited in North Arlington. He has a degree in history and an MBA.

Program Description:  Charley will be giving a presentation on Bird Migration and what birds we can expect to discover here in North Texas this fall.

Aug 3, 2016: Living with Arlington’s Wildlife, by Ray Rentschler, Field Operations Administrator at Animal Services

OPresenter: Ray Rentschler has been in the animal control field for over 16 years and has worked in the positions of Animal Control Officer, Bite Investigator, Dangerous Dog Investigator, Cruelty Investigator and Field Supervisor.  Ray has completed his Basic, Advanced and Administrative Animal Control training and instructs Animal Law Enforcement classes across the state.  Ray is a certified humane investigator through the University of Missouri-Columbia, certified in Chemical Capture through Safe Capture and has specialized training in Basic Criminal Investigation and Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation.  Ray has had special training with wildlife including Wildlife Rehabilitation Basics, Urban Wildlife Training from Parks and Wildlife, as well as attended an alligator handling class.

Program Description:  This presentation will cover the types of urban wildlife within Arlington and some strategies on how to live with our wild neighbors.  Animals that will be discussed are Coyotes, Bobcats, Skunks, Alligators, Feral Hogs, Snakes and other common animals.  We will also cover the new City of Arlington urban wildlife web site and how the city responds to different wildlife issues and situations.

Jul 2016:  No meeting.  Join the ACC Float in the Arlington 4th of July Parade

Jun 1, 2016:  An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies by Omar Bocanegra

Ppic2resenter:  Omar Bocanegra is a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arlington, Texas Field Office.  He coordinates activities associated with the Endangered Species Act, such as listing actions, permits,consultations, and recovery of federally threatened or endangered species.  The Arlington Field Office serves 112 counties in Texas and is the lead office for the lesser prairie-chicken, endangered black-capped vireo, and endangered sharpnose and smalleye shiners.  Omar has worked for the Service for over 16 years on endangered species issues, as well as fish and aquatic insect studies.  He received both his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington.  His Master’s research focused on sexual selection in the desert firetail damselfly.

 May 4, 2016:  Teaming with Wildlife by Rachel Richter

OPresenter:  Rachel Richter is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the DFW area.  Rachel is an Arlington native and is always happy to have an opportunity to get outside and explore.  Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University.

Program Description:  Teaming with Wildlife is a national coalition of businesses and organizations committed to restoring and conserving our native wildlife.  The goal of Teaming with Wildlife is to find sustainable funding to support wildlife conservation and management efforts.  Recently, significant developments have created the potential to secure $1.3 billion annually to fund state-based conservation efforts.  Come and find out how you can help participate in one of the biggest “wins” in conservation history!

Apr 6, 2016:  Project Bluebird: Local efforts to increase bluebird numbers

TV-26May15 001-for-accMany cavity nesters in urban areas are declining, including some local species. Donna will review the problem bluebirds and other cavity nesters face and introduce us to several local groups aiding the nesting effort. Donna is responsible for establishing the Tierra Verde Bluebird Nestbox Trail at Arlington's premier golf course.
This presentation will cover many aspects of attracting bluebirds and setting up/maintaining nestboxes. It will include types of bluebirds, habitat, nestboxes, nesting, reproduction, predator threats, Cornell University’s Nestwatch program, and good sources of bluebird info.