By Julie Thibodeaux. Photos by Karl Thibodeaux


Ecofest Arlington couldn’t have planned better weather on Saturday. The mild sunny day drew a record crowd of about 18,000, according to Heather Dowell, organizer for the fest. 

• Hummingbirds will be migrating through Texas throughout this month.

By Julie Thibodeaux

• More than 100 charities participating in the fundraising event support environmental and animal welfare.

By Julie Thibodeaux 

By Julie Thibodeaux. Photos by Phillip Shinoda.   Aug. 29, 2013

Local environmental advocates celebrated at a downtown watering hole Wednesday night after the Dallas City Council finally put an end to a request by Trinity East Energy to drill on public parkland. 

Photos by Phillip Shinoda.

Environmentalists are riding a wave of optimism this week after the Dallas City Plan Commission confirmed it has included a 1,500-foot setback in the new gas drilling ordinance being drafted by the city. 

• Tree advocate James Urban is the keynote speaker at the Texas Trees Conference to be held at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Friday, Aug. 23. 

By Julie Thibodeaux

By Julie Thibodeaux

A coalition of supporters is lobbying to keep a little bit of country in the city. Merriwood Ranch is a horse riding facility and summer camp in Garland that’s been in operation since 1956. The 28-acre property was put up for sale this year by heirs after the owner and founder of Merriwood died last year. A developer has purchased the property and wants to build about 40 homes on the land. 

By Rita Cook     

“I believe that you are all here in this room today because you have a similar (nature) experience whether it’s from your childhood or one from a more recent time that made you feel truly connected to the natural world around you.”

By Julie Thibodeaux

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