August 2012 Issue

Branching Out
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Aug 29

Urban forestry advisor class Memphis

Sept 4

Training Volunteers to Care for Trees Montgomery County Extension Office, Clarksville

Oct 4-5

Urban Forestry Conference Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville

Oct 6

Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville

Nov 15

TUFC Board Meeting Knoxville

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Memphis Botanic Garden is
TUFC’s first Center of Excellence

TUFC’s new Center of Excellence program will enhance urban forestry at regional sites throughout the state.

Center of Excellence

Memphis Botanic Garden is the first Tennessee Urban Forestry Center of Excellence to be designated.

“The Centers of Excellence will provide depth to TUFC and will assist with arboretum development and certification, provide ongoing educational programs and give citizens a local resource for arboriculture,” said TUFC president Patrick Haller. “This is a definite step forward for urban forestry in Tennessee and we are excited about this program.”

Sites will:

  • Maintain the highest level of arboretum certification
  • Have a certified arborist
  • Have a designated “tree team”
  • Provide at least four education programs annually, devoted to arboriculture and urban forestry
  • Assist TUFC with certification of arboretums in the region
  • Serve as a resource to the community for tree information and education
  • Promote urban forestry within the area

Tree advisor program starts September 4


The Montgomery County Extension Office teaches you to train volunteers to care for trees in a six-week course beginning September 4.

The Tennessee Urban Tree Care Advisor program, which provides training for urban forestry management and education, presents “Training Volunteers to Care for the Community Forest” September 4 through October 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Extension office, 1030 Cumberland Heights Road in Clarksville. Area forestry experts and master gardeners will cover introduction to urban forestry, tree identification and selection, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory methods, and tree biology.

This class will count toward Master Gardener CEU requirements; Advanced Master Gardener training credit is pending.

Cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple (if sharing book and educational materials). Registration deadline is August 21. Download registration form

For more information contact: Karla Kean. You can also contact Karla for the curriculum and presentation materials so you can conduct a similar program.

West Tennessee chapter hold advisor class

TUFC/West Tennessee and Memphis Botanic Garden present an urban forestry advisor class to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy beginning August 29 at 9 a.m.

The five-week course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations and garden clubs. Participants are required to complete 20 volunteer hours in the field of urban forestry.

Lectures and field work will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of federal, state, and local agencies. Instructors include Eric Bridges, Natural Resources Director, City of Lakeland; Wes Hopper, Certified Arborist, President, Southern Chapter International Society of Arboriculture; Shawn Posey, West Tennessee Regional Urban Forester; and Jim Volgas, Certified Arborist. For additional information call 901-636-4128 or click here.

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October conference focuses on green spaces, playscapes

The October 4-5 conference in Nashville features expert presentations, panels, and hands-on demonstrations about creating green spaces and playscapes and managing urban trees. Planners and managers, tree boards and nonprofits, foresters and field crews—everyone who grows and manages trees will get plenty of insights to help you do your job. Complete info

Council looking for administrative secretary

TUFC is accepting applications for a full- or part-time administrative secretary position. Job description

Resumés will be accepted until August 15 at 5pm CDT. Email Patrick Haller or mail to 370 Taggart Haller Lane, Sparta TN 38583.

State seeks new forester

State forester Steve Scott has retired, and the Division of Forestry seeks a new state forester/assistant commissioner to oversee 317 employees and 15 state forests.

The job requires a minimum of B.S. degree in forestry from a Society of American Foresters-accredited college or university, and a minimum of five years full-time experience in forest management and protection.

Application deadline is August 31. For more information contact Jai Templeton or call 615-837-5103.


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