As part of the Treemendous Quanah program of the E. Eugene Johnson Memorial Foundation, we were excited to, once again, partner with the West Kessler Native Arbor Initiative of the West Kessler Neighborhood Association for the WKNAI Native Tree Seed Collection - 2023 event on Saturday Morning. We were joined by several representatives from the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF) and spent about two hours collecting tree seeds from the Stevens Park and West Kessler areas of Oak Cliff. East Dallas 4-H Club also participated in this year’s event with several volunteers who helped gather seeds while learning about significant native trees in the area and gaining a greater understanding of the work being done at LAERF. All seeds collected were provided to LAERF for growing new trees as part of their research programs supporting reforestation efforts.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who showed up to gather seeds, those who helped by collecting seeds in advance of the event, and to the representatives from LAERF for sharing their knowledge and expertise with all the participants.
The WKNAI is a project of the West Kessler Neighborhood Association that was created in consultation with and the mentorship of the academics at the University of North Texas and LAERF. In conjunction with WKNAI, the E. Eugene Johnson Memorial Foundation initiated the Treemendous Quanah program in 2020. Working with the WKNAI, the Foundation provides native tree seedlings from LAERF to Quanah public spaces.
Our purpose is to enhance and improve public spaces, including parks, cemeteries, and museums, in Quanah and Hardeman County, Texas, and improve the quality of life of residents through the use and enjoyment of those spaces.
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The E. Eugene Johnson Memorial Foundation is a Texas non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity (EIN 85-1255191).