November 2011 Issue

Branching Out
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Promoting healthy
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Patrick Haller receives the President's Award from state forester Bruce Webster.

Six named Urban Forestry Award winners

TUFC recognized five individuals and a tree board for significant contributions to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee.

Awards were presented at a Friday luncheon at the 20th annual TUFC urban forestry conference.

Don Richardson of Memphis received the Citizen Activist award. The Government Employee award went to West Tennessee Regional Urban Forester Shawn Posey.

TUFC ambassador Jennifer Smith received the Private Professional award, and the Green Industry award went to Robert Mayer of Memphis.

Incoming TUFC president Patrick Haller received the President's Award, and the Metro Nashville Tree Advisory Committee was named Tree Board of the Year.

Seven elected to TUFC board

Seven members were named to the board of directors during the TUFC conference.

Elected to three-year terms were Betsy Porter, Patrick Haller, Derrick Lynch, John Nessle, and Tammy Buchanan. Lynch and Nessle are starting their second three-year term.

Marti Foster and Jon Kell fill vacant seats, Foster for two years and Kell for one.

Remaining board members are Zack French, Dwight Barnett, Kim Davis, Karen Davenport, Todd Snackenberg, Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, Lydia Wiggins-Azimi, Chris Armour, and Jimmy Ferrell.

Aquilino Cruz wins Tennessee Tree Climb

Participants from six states and as far away as Iowa participated in the 13th annual Tennessee Tree Climb October 1 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

Nagan Cormac won three individual events including Secured Footlock, Belayed Speed Climb, and Work Climb.

Chris Coates won the Rope Throw. The Aerial Rescue event was a tie between Josh Hudson, Brad Terry, and Cory Petry.

The top three in points from the individual events participated in the Master’s Challenge. Contestants are judged on their knowledge of climbing techniques, use of equipment, safety, poise, continuity and overall productivity

Aquilino Cruz was named Tennessee Tree Climb winner. He’s from Nashville and works for Davey Tree Expert Company. Jeff Cochran and Marty Robinson were runners-up.

The Tree Climb winner goes on to compete in the ISA Southern Tree Competition.

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Interim Executive Director Nick Bridgeman receives an award from the West Tennessee Chapter for his service to TUFC from Wes Hopper.

From the Interim
Executive Director

Thanks to everyone for making conference a success

by Nick Bridgeman

On September 29 and 30, TUFC celebrated its 20th annual conference at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. Thursday had workshops on installation of Lightning Protection Systems and a workshop on Pest, Physiology and Soils. Thursday also included a bus tour of the ward-winning parking lot at 100 Oaks, Nissan Headquarters, Frisbee Golf Tree Course, and Riverbend Nursery Tree Production. The opening dinner on Thursday night, provided by Jimmy Ferrell and his crew, gave everyone an introduction to Sharon Jean-Philippe and the emerging Urban Forestry Concentration in Forestry from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries (University of Tennessee).

Friday gave us all a chance to talk with tree boards from throughout state and hear a presentation from our keynote speaker Jim Zwack with the Davey Institute on the Science Within Arboriculture. In addition to this Friday saw presentation from Skip Heibert on Design Consideration and Trees, Tree Id and Diagnosis as well as resources online to assist in the identification of trees. During the luncheon, provided by Jimmy Ferrell and crew, the annual Awards of Excellence were given out. (See story at left.) A special recognition by the West Tennessee Chapter of TUFC was given by Wes Hopper to me for my work as chair. After the luncheon we continued with presentations by Tom Simpson, David Vandergriff, Shawn Posey, Karla Kean, Michelle Mote, and Cabot Cameron. This years conference also had a silent auction with many different items from artwork, to pottery, seasonal garland, and leaf castings. Thank You to everyone who donated and to everyone who bid on an item.

Finally I wanted to thank our sponsors and tree show vendors for their support of our Council. (See box at left.) A special thanks goes out to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Division of Forestry for being such great hosts and such great friends in the cause of Urban Forestry.

As you can see by the above there was plenty to do and see. The grounds themselves gave us plenty to see and I highly recommend visiting sometime. The conference is a great time for all us to catch up and at the same time meeting new people and trading stories and lessons on our endeavors in furthering urban forestry in Tennessee. The main thing I came away from the conference was that there is so much of a need for help in our endeavors together. From municipal and community projects to education and technical assistance there is plenty of room to make YOUR impact. If you are a member and would like to help let us know, we’ll be glad to introduce you to persons in your area involved in urban forestry. If you’re not a member, sign up and help us to keep urban forestry in Tennessee moving forward. One drop of water within a good rain helps to meet a tree’s needs, let’s meet those needs!