Program at SWNP: Tree Walk with Jeremy Priest

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Rd
Kennedale, TX 76060

During 2018, the Friends of SWNP are offering about half of our programs at the Preserve, with the intent of showing off different aspects of this unique area.  As our second of these on-site programs, we will be walking the trails, looking at trees – identifying the variety of trees at the Preserve with a focus on historic trees.

Jeremy Priest, the City Forester for Arlington, took core and cookie samples from the large post oak “Big Daddy” at the NE corner of the preserve In December. He estimated the tree at a minimum 160 years old just based on his experience with post oaks in Arlington. The samples have been sent for analysis to an arborist in Wylie, working with the Texas Historic Tree Coalition.

Jeremy also cut a cookie from a branch from one of the stunted blackjack oaks on the bluff. After examining the rings, he said the slow growth indicated an age of about 120 years old – even though the trunk diameter was not nearly as large as the big post oaks elsewhere.