April 2011 Issue

Branching Out
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TUFC conference is Sept. 29–30 in Nashville

Save the date for TUFC's 20th annual conference, set for September 28–29 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

The Tree Climbing Championship will also be at Ellington on October 1.

Watch for more information at TUFC.com and the conference website, urbanforestryconference.org.

Cleveland hosts state Arbor Day

The City of Cleveland, home of TUFC's tree board of the year, hosted the state Arbor Day celebration March 4.

State urban forester Bruce Webster presented Cleveland with its 19th Tree City USA designation as well as a Treeline USA and a Tree Campus USA award. Cleveland is the only city in the state to achieve all three Arbor Day Foundation awards.

Trees Nashville honors Bruce Webster

State urban forester Bruce Webster received the second annual Alice Ann Barge Award for Urban Forest Excellence at Nashville's Arbor Day March 25.

The award honors Barge for her tireless support of the urban forest.

Webster was honored for his 38 years as a forester, including the past 25 with the state of Tennessee. "Bruce has been the go-to guy for grants, shepherding thousands of dollars to communities across the state for tree projects," said Trees Nashville president Chris Armour. "He's a member of the Metro Tree Advisory Committee, and sits on the Trees Nashville advisory board. And he's one of the founders of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year," he said.

Trees Nashville is one of TUFC's two local chapters.

Gallery of shame

Aaron Noblet, an ISA-certified arboritst with Aaron's Tree Specialists, has posted a gallery of topped trees here.

"This weeping cheery really has something to weep about," Aaron said.

Call for urban forestry award nominations

Here's your chance to recognize the people and groups who make urban forestry possible in Tennessee.

Nominations for TUFC's Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence are due May 31.

TUFC presents awards for outstanding leadership, education efforts, or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee.

Categories include the Private Professional, Media, Builder/Developer, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, Green Industry, and Tree Board awards. Nomination form


April 29

National Arbor Day

May 31

TUFC Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence nominations due

Sept. 29–30

TUFC's 20th annual conference, Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville

Oct. 1

Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship, Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville