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KDB and Denton Win Awards at Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference

KDB staff members spent three days in Georgetown, TX attending the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference June 11-13. It’s a great time to meet with other affiliates in the state, and to be recognized for all the amazing things going on in Denton. KDB received recognition as a Gold Star Affiliate and as 2nd Place in our population category for the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards.

Keep Texas Beautiful also offers statewide awards that recognize the efforts of individuals, businesses, media outlets, government agencies, youth, educators and education organizations that make efforts to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. This year, Denton as a community received the most awards with FOUR in various categories.

  • Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award – Lancine Bentley, City of Denton Community Improvement Services Manager
  • Civic Organization Award – Denton County Master Gardeners Association
  • Government Award, population 50,000-149,000 – City of Denton Denia Recreation Center
  • Sadie Ray Graff Educators and Educational Institution Award – Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Ed Davis Litter Law Award winner, Lancine Bentley, with Julie Anderson, KDB Program Manager, and Suzanne Kho, KTB Exec. Director. Photo: Michael Amador
Civic Organization Award winner Denton County Master Gardeners Association.
From l to r: DCMGA Member Tracy Durmick, DCMGA Comm. Director Kathryn Wells, KTB Exec. Director Suzanne Kho, Texas A&M Denton County Agrilife Horticulture Agent Janet Laminack, and DCMGA Member Kathy Rainey. Photo: Michael Amador
Government Award winner Tracy Durmick, representing City of Denton – Denia Recreation Center, with Suzanne Kho, KTB Exec. Director. Photo: Michael Amador
Elaine Schad, Janet Laminack, Lancine Bentley, Tracy Durmick, Celia Spilotro and Julie Anderson.
Front: Kathryn Wells and Kathy Rainey. Photo: Michael Amador
Awards Luncheon, KTB Conference in Georgetown, TX.
KDB Program Manager, Julie Anderson, introducing award-winner Lancine Bentley for the Ed Davis Litter Law Award.
KDB and City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling staff having fun at the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference, Georgetown, TX June 11-13.















Throw Back Thursday: Tree Giveaway

Our annual Tree Giveaway is just around the corner – October 25th to be exact! Every year for the past 16 years, KDB has given away hundreds of trees to residents of the City of Denton.

We thought it might be fun to look back at past giveaways, and isn’t it convenient that our intern, Shannon, stumbled across some old photos?! Let’s throw back to the year 2005. Can you believe that was almost 10 years ago?

Lancine + Vicky McCombs 2005
Here we have our now Board President, Lancine, and longtime Urban Forestry volunteer, Vicki McCombs getting ready for the big day. If you’ve ever participated in KDB’s Community Tree Giveaway, you know we have to plan BIG!
Here we have a group of wonderful volunteers! With such a small staff (three full-timers + our awesome intern) we rely on volunteers to make sure programs like Tree Giveaway run smoothly!
Here we have some awesome KDB volunteers helping load a tree into participants’ cars.


















































If you haven’t registered for your FREE TREE this year, you still have time! Registration closes at 5:00pm, Friday, October 17th. Register here.

Have you ever received a tree from KDB or volunteered for our Tree Giveaway? Hashtag your pictures (from this year and years past) #MyKDBTree and we’ll share our favorite photos!