On February 19, 2010, at the 16th annual North Central Texas Urban Forestry Conference, the City of Arlington Forestry and Beautification was awarded the Bronze Leaf Award for Outstanding Municipal Project of the Year for 2009. The award was in recognition of the Urban Forest Effects Model (UFORE) that was completed. UFORE refers to a computer model that calculates the structure, environmental effects and values of urban forests. Once the study is completed, it will show that environmental benefits associated with the urban forest, such as carbon removal and air quality improvement, have a value to society. Benefits include air quality improvement, fewer emissions, carbon removal and lower energy use and costs among others. Each year at the North Central Texas Urban Forestry Workshop, Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council awards the Bronze Leaf to those who have made outstanding contributions to Urban Forestry. Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council is comprised of members from various backgrounds. All are drawn to the organization because of a love of our local native trees and the role they play in our urban environment. Members seek to educate the public on the value of the unique Cross Timbers ecosystem. CTUFC has many programs in place to help promote urban forestry. The organization is dynamic and creative and is continually developing new programs for the public.