June 2011 Issue

Branching Out
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Sept. 29–30

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

Oct. 1

Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship, Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville

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Nick Bridgeman named
interim TUFC director

Nick Bridgeman, forester for the City of Lakeland, has been named interim director of TUFC.

Bridgeman is past president of the West Tennessee Chapter of the Council.

“Nick brings enthusiasm and experience to the position,” said TUFC president Zach French. “He is stepping up to help out the Council during a time of transition.”

September conference
focuses on urban trees
from the roots up

The 20th annual TUFC Conference takes a holistic look at trees from roots to crown as it convenes at Nashville’s Ellington Agricultural Center September 29-30.

The 13th annual Tennessee Tree Climb is October 1, also at Ellington. Cost is $120 before September 2. Register

Forestry Division loses staff member

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division is saddened by the loss of Clint Strohmeier, who died Friday, June 10.

Clint was the Forest Health, Insect and Disease Specialist for the Division. He lost his battle with a fairly rare blood disease that has effects similar to leukemia. While his bone marrow transplant was successful, other health complications set in.

Clint had given a couple presentations at recent Urban Forestry Conferences, updating us on problems that attack our trees and forests.

He will be missed. —Bruce Webster

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Blount County

The emerald ash borer has been spotted in Blount County near the Knox County line. The pest was found about 18 miles from a sighting last year at a truck stop along I-40 in Knox County. Another EAB was recently found in the same location.

The U.S. and Tennessee Departments of Agriculture are partnering on a survey and detection program. Its goal is to assess the extent of the insect’s infestation. More than 4,000 traps are being placed in trees in a 50-mile radius of the Knox County infestation. (See story below.)

King and Loudon counties are now under state and federal EAB quarantine, which restricts movement outside the area of hardwood firewood, ash seedlings, logs, and bark, and other regulated articles without a certification. More Info

Tree traps are sticky but harmless

The three-sided purple traps that look like box kites are placed in ash trees. “They pose no risk to humans, pets, or wildlife; however, the non-toxic glue can be extremely sticky,” said USDA acting state plant health director Ken Copley.

Sometimes the traps are blown out of the trees. To report a fallen trap that is down, call the national EAB hotline at 866/322-4512 or go here.

Gypsy moth from the Roane County infestation

Other pests spotted
across the state

Eight traps in four locations across the state showed no sign of southern pine beetle. Four counties — Chester, Marion, Rhea, and Wayne — reported clerids, a predator insect. An increase in ips in the south is thought to be boosting the clerid population, which in turn keeps the SPB levels low.

From the Interim Executive Director

Get active in your support of TUFC

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take a bit to introduce myself to you. Currently, I work as a Municipal Forester for the City of Lakeland just outside of Memphis, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Forestry, and have been asked to serve as Interim Executive Director for TUFC.

The success of the West Tennessee Chapter of TUFC played a major role in my hiring, but I can not and will not take responsibility for that success. Our members are the main basis for the Chapter’s success. It is my hope that in the short time I will work as your Interim Executive Director that your Executive Committee and I will be able to lay the groundwork for your new permanent Exec to be successful in their guidance of the Council.

We are already underway looking into possible grants, assessment of current Council programs, and further development of membership benefits. As part of this process I would like to ask our membership, friends, and partners of TUFC how we (the Executive Committee and I) can better serve you in your urban forestry endeavors. If you would like to contact me feel free to email me.

I’m sure most of us have heard the phrase that the world is run by those who show up and know just how true that is. In closing I would like to challenge our membership and friends to stay or become active with your TUFC. Let’s get going on our path to promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee by showing up.

Nick Bridgeman