Since 1999, the City of Lubbock has been involved in the Tree City USA program. This program recognizes cities that are dedicated to planting and maintaining trees in our urban communities. With this in mind, the City of Lubbock created the Trees Across Texas program.
Each year, the City of Lubbock has a symbolic tree exchange with another Tree City USA member in Texas. Each city plants a tree indigenous to the habitat of the partner city. The first Texas city to participate with Lubbock was the City of Lufkin.
A lighted image of the first tree planted in Lubbock in the Trees Across Texas program on Arbor Day 2000 was dedicated at the Lubbock International Airport Terminal on Monday.
Councilman T. J. Patterson and Dr. A.E. Quest, Jr., who played an important role in the Trees Across Texas program, participated in the dedication.
Dr. Quest and his late wife, Audrey, have been long-time supporters of Lubbock's parks, and they established the A. E. (Gene) Quest Memorial Grove, a grove of over eighty trees, located at the Buddy Holly Recreation Area off of North University on Canyon Lakes Drive. As part of the dedication, Dr. Gerald Dolter, Texas Tech University School of Music, will sing a song entitled, "Oh Lord, Look What Thou Hath Done," composed by the late Dr. Houston Bright, Texas A&M School of Music, with words written by Dr. Quest.