SAVE THE DATE! 2015 Urban Forestry Conference is October 1-2 in Memphis
TUFC names 2015 board members
TUFC board members and Division of Forestry staff are, back row, Shawn Posey, Lydia Wiggins, Tom Simpson, president Scott Johnson, Mason Young, David Cook, Patrick Haller, Jimmy Ferrell, Josiah Lockard, Brian Rucker, and Joe Giansante, and, front row, Dalia Abbas, Jill Smith, Marti Foster, Amy Dismukes, Katie Stevenson, and vice president De'Etra Young.
Scott Johnson of Davey Tree is president and De'Etra Young of Tennessee State University is vice president of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council for 2015.
David Joe Giansante of Quality Tree Surgery is secretary, and Patrick Haller of Haller's Landscaping is treasurer. New board members are Clarksville city forester Kathrine Stevenson and Williamson County extension agent Amy Dismukes. Returning board members are Chris Armour, Karen Davenport, Marti Foster, and Lydia Wiggins. Dalia Abbas, David Cook, and Mason T. Young have one-year appointments to the board.
Sweetwater, Oak Ridge have new arboreta
Heritage Center in Oak Ridge and Engleman Park in Sweetwarter are TUFC's newest Level 1 arboreta.
An extension of the CROET Greenways Foundation's development of a natural greenway, the Heritage Center arboretum includes many mature trees as well as younger trees planted as part of the overall development of nature and wildlife areas. It is open to the public for self‑guided tours at no charge. The Sweetwater arboretum is a collection of many local trees. It was made possible by the collaborative efforts of past and present members of the Sweetwater Tree Board and the City of Sweetwater.
TUFC introduces forestry scholarship
TUFC's new scholarship program provides $1,000 over two semesters to a college student studying urban forestry. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident attending a Tennessee college or university, a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and enrolled in a forestry program with an urban forestry concentration.
The scholarship honors Bruce Webster, the long-time Division of Forestry employee, one of the founders of TUFC. Application is due June 5.
‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees
- Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
- Introduction by TUFC co-founder Gene Hyde
- More than 150 images including 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees
- Fascinating facts about notable tree species
- Legends and tales of landmark and historic trees
- East, Middle, West Tennessee sections
- Proceeds to benefit TUFC programs for healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee