Group finds 800-year-old cypress
This group traveled deep into the swamps of the Hatchie River Bottom northeast of Stanton recently to measure and document perhaps the largest living thing in the state.
The giant bald cypress is estimated to be 800 years old. The circumference of the trunk, measured at chest-high above the ground, is 42 feet 10 inches. It stands 130 feet 6 inches tall, and the widest limb spread is 63 feet.
Flanking the monster tree are Ray Powell, Brownsville; Barrow Taylor, Division of Forestry; David Smith, Somerville; Paul Yarbro, Dyersburg; and Buddy Evans, Brownsville.
TUFC completes planting project
TUFC member Jon Nessle planted a nuttall oak, three redbuds, and 40 iris bulbs at the Welcome Center in Chattanooga to complete the Council's participation in the TDOT Tennessee Groves project.
Tennessee tree board workshop is February 6
Fifteen cities have already signed up for TUFC's workshop for tree board members February 6 in Cookeville.
The workshop is for all Tree Board chairs plus one other representative from each Tree City USA in Tennessee. Tentative topics will be urban forestry planning, Tree Board and Government 101, the role of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and its programs, and federal government perspectives, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.
This workshop is covered by a grant from the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Program and will provide lodging, meals, and handout material.
The Council is having the workshop one day prior to its annual retreat so that workshop participants can stay over to help the Council plan its annual activities. Register
Persian ironwood is SMA
Urban Tree of the Year
Society of Municipal Arborists have named the Persian ironwood tree 2014 Urban Tree of the Year. Parrotia persica is native to northern Iran, and it has been planted widely in cities across Europe and North America for many years. Fall color is spectacular, often with leaves of multiple colors on the tree at the same time: orange, purple, yellow and green. This tree has proven to be incredibly resilient to drought stress and pests. More
Monthly webinars teach tree board basics
Free webinars February 4 through April 1 help tree boards function more efficiently and effectively.
The webinar series offers insights into the political process, how to communicate your message, forest management opportunities, and engaging volunteers.
The series is useful to newly established boards as well as established boards seeking ideas for how to move forward or gain new energy and focus. Register
Gypsy moths trapped in seven counties
A total of 14 gypsy moths were trapped by 7,335 traps across the state. The majority of moths were caught in high-risk areas. More
Fruit trees at risk from deep freeze
UT small fruit/tree fruit specialist David Lockwood says buds and woody tissue of many fruit crops in Tennessee may have suffered significant cold injury as a result of the severe freeze events January 5–7.
Some damage may show up fairly soon but it may be necessary to wait several weeks or more before we can have an accurate picture of things, he says. More
Center for Excellence offers tree education
TUFC’s first Center of Excellence, Memphis Botanic Garden, reported a busy fourth quarter of tree activities. Highlights include:
- “Totally Trees” classes conducted for 62 students.
- “Woodland Wonders” classes conducted for 179 students.
- 1,721 K-5 graders attended “Old Fashioned Harvest Festival.”
- “Fall Colors” classes conducted for 99 preschoolers.
- Session for tree team and UFA volunteers on how to measure champion trees led by certified arborist Jim Volgas.
- “Terrific Trees” conducted as in-school outreach programs to 47 pre-schoolers.
- “Totally Trees” classes conducted for 85 students.
- “Tennessee Treasures” class for 47 students.
- “Woodland Wonders” class for 75 students. Full report