December 2010 Issue

Branching Out

Thank you, new and
renewing members


Armour & Armour Environmental Marketing
Wolf Tree
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.


Pinnacle Arborist Supplies


ABC Professional Tree Service
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
Davey Tree


ABC Tree Service
Bartlett Tree Expert Company
Cortese Tree Specialist
Follis Tree Preservation
Haller's Landscape and Lawncare
KAJA Farms
Knoxville Utility Board
Reds Tree Service
Tennessee Environmental Council
Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative


City of Lakeland
City of Morristown
City of Clarksville
City of Cleveland
City of Crossville
City of Harrogate
City of Johnson City
City of Lakeland
City of Pulaski
Gerald Coorts Memorial Arboretum
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee
Walter State Community College

West Tennessee

Jan Castillo
Follis Tree Preservation
Bruce Webster


Evans Baird
Nan Beesley
Laura Benneyworth
John Bohonis
Frederick Bowyer
Jan Castillo
Chris Charland
Mike Cleere
Travis Close
David Cole
Becky Dan
Jimmy Ferrell
Pamela Glaser
Liz Hannah
Karla Kean
Stephan Kivett

Heather Langford
Craig Lenocker
Dottie Mann
Larry Mizell
Nancy Murphy
Marty Shaw
Tom Simpson
Randall Smith
Steve Springer
Edward Wansing
Bruce Webster
Charles Wilburn
Trey Watson
Bruce Webster
Guy Zimmerman


American Society of Landscape Architects
City of Jackson
Nashville Tree Foundation

End of the Year

Alys Venable
Atticus Trust

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In honor of Jennifer Smith, Nashville, by Cheryl and State Forester Steve Scott
In memory of Jennie Chappell, by Tennessee Department of Transportation, Environmental Division
In memory of Dorothy W. Wade, Harrison, by Sandy Gribble and Jackie Bowen

2010 awards winners are Chris Clark, TUFC's Jennifer Smith, Ron Fugatt, Kevin and Katie Guenther, Nick Bridgeman, Jan Castillo, Emily Adams Keplinger, Todd Morgan, Christy Williams, Bart Borden, Karla Kean, Dan Hartman and Carrie Nivens.

Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence

Conference Sponsors

Armour & Armour Environmental Marketing
U.S. Forest Service
Wolf Tree
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.
City of Chattanooga
Pinnacle Arborist Supplies
ABC Professional Tree Service
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
City of Pulaski
Davey Tree
Trade Show
Airitech Tools
Concrete Paving Association of Tennessee
Division of Forestry
Hale and Hines Nursery
Hunter Trees
Moon's Tree Farm
National Tree Preservation
Pinnacle Arborist Supplies
Wolf Tree

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council presented the 2010 Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence at the 19th annual statewide conference held in Chattanooga October 28–29. The conference theme was "Sustainable Sites and Natural Resources: The Urban Forestry Approach" and was attended by almost 150 people from across the state.

The Awards of Excellence are cosponsored by TUFC and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Eight individuals and organizations were recognized for their outstanding leadership, education efforts and activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee.

The 2010 award categories and winners are:

Builder/Developer: Lawrence Brothers LLC and Design Resource, Nashville (joint winners)
Government Employee: Nick Bridgeman, City of Lakeland
Private Professional: Parke Brown, The Parke Company, Nashville
Citizen Activist: Jan Castillo, Master Gardener, Memphis
Tree Board: Cleveland Shade Tree Board
Green Industry: Newport Utilities
Media: Emily Adams Keplinger, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
TUFC President's Award: Chris Clark, Clark and Associates, Nashville
See past recipients

Absher wins Tree Climbing Championship

2010 tree climb officials and winners are staging chair Wes Hopper; Masters Challenge winners Aquilino Amador, Jeff Cochran, and Chris Coates; state champion BJ Absher; and chair Scott Winningham.

Congratulations, BJ Absher of ABC Tree in Chattanooga for winning the 2010 Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship!

Second and third place went to Aquilino Amador of Davey Tree in Nashville and to Jeff Cochran, a Nashville independent arborist contractor. Also making it to the Master's Challenge was Chris Coates of Maryland. Participants came from several states.

This exciting statewide competition promoting tree care professionalism and safety practices was held in East Lake Park in Chattanooga. Participants compete for the state title and an automatic berth in the International Society of Arboriculture, Southern tree climbing competition in the spring. The winner of the Southern competition will proceed to the International competition in late summer.

Our appreciation go to event chair Scott Winningham of Arbor Medics in Cookeville, staging chair Wes Hopper of Urban Forestry in Memphis, and host of judges who come from across the state and country to provide the contest judging and oversee the safety measures.

State foresters pick successful urban trees

Successful street trees

• Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.)
• Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
• Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
• Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
• Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
• Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis 'Yoshino')
• Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
•Willow oak (Quercus phellos)
• American elm (Ulmus americana)

Read the article, courtesy of Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association

UT Extension Area Specialist Hubert P. Conlon and Bill Klingeman of the UT Department of Plant Sciences surveyed 16 Tennessee foresters about urban tree species. The survey asked about preferred deciduous and evergreen trees for urban streets and large land areas as well as undesirable species. The study was published in the spring 2010 edition of Tennessee Greentimes, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association.


January 19–20
2011 Middle Tennessee Landscape Management Short-Course, Pesticide, ISA and TNLA Points, Williamson County Ag Expo, Franklin, 931-762-5506

January 27–29
Tennessee Horticulture Expo, Presented by TFMA, TFGA, TFVA, TFWA & TVOS
Nashville Airport Marriott INFO

February 19–22
2011 North American Tree Conference and Trade Show, ISA Southern and Utility Arborist Association, Savannah, GA, 888-339-8733 INFO

Tennessee adds 3 Tree Line utilities

Tennessee leads the nation in Tree Line USA utilities after adding three in 2010.

State qualifiers are:

Appalachian Electric Cooperative
Bristol TN Essential Services
Cleveland Utilities
Clinton Utilities Board
Cookeville Dept. of Electricity
Duck River Electric Membership Corp.
Dyersburg Electric System
Gibson Electric Membership Corp.
Johnson City Power Board
Knoxville Utilities Board
*Milan Public Utilities
Morristown Utility System
Nashville Electric Service
*Sevier County Electric Service
*Tullahoma Utility Board
*New utility for 2010

New standards were introduced for 2010. Utilities must:

• Implement six areas of quality tree care
• Perform annual worker training for all tree trimmers
• Have a community tree planting program and utilize urban forestry material in their public education efforts
• Demonstrate an effort to provide tree-based energy conservation education to the public
• Sponsor or participate in a local Arbor Day ceremony

Johnson City Power Board was featured in the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA 2010 Annual Report for helping support the local tree planting efforts of both Johnson City and Jonesborough and for developing a model demonstration area at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.

Municipal forestry internship for 2011

The Society of Municipal Arborists in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is launching a paid internship program for junior and senior college students interested in a career in Municipal Arboriculture. Application deadline is January 14. MORE INFO