March 2012 Issue

Branching Out

USDA has new zone map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map. The new map offers a GIS-based interactive format and is specifically designed to be Internet-friendly. The map website also incorporates a “find your zone by ZIP code” function. MORE

Senate names state evergreen tree

The State Senate has voted to name the eastern red cedar as Tennessee’s official evergreen tree. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Agriculture Committee. MORE

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Promoting healthy
and sustainable urban
and community forests
in Tennessee

Urban forestry conference is October 11-12

The 21st annual Urban Forestry Conference is October 11-12 at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. The 14th annual Tennessee Tree Climb is October 13.

Open to the public, the conference features workshops, education sessions, the annual Urban Forestry Awards, ISA exam, and CEU points.

State celebrates Arbor Day in Nashville

State Forester Steve Smith, Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, and Mayor Karl Dean display the Tree City USA flag.

Ceremonies commemorated Arbor Day in Tennessee March 2 at Centennial Park in Nashville.

State Urban Forester Bruce Webster presented Tree City USA and Tree Line USA certifications to Mayor Karl Dean and Nashville Electric Service president Decosta Jenkins. This marks the 17th year Nashville has received the designation.

State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson read the State Arbor Day Proclamation on behalf of Governor Bill Haslam.

Co-sponsor Metro Nashville Beautification and Environment Commission planted four memorial/honor trees and recognized three students for their winning Arbor Day essays.

The celebration is held annually in the city of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s tree board of the year, which was Metro Tree Advisory Committee.


We humans are a very successful species. We are builders. We are at 7,000,000,000 on a planet of limited resources. Fortunately, many of us realize that to survive, we must adapt to the environment where we live. Too often we have taken for granted the natural world, the results being that humans can no longer inhabit some places on this earth due solely to the actions of humans. Living among waste (water and air pollution) will certainly affect the overall health of the individuals in any society. More

John Nessle is an ISA-certified arborist and
owner of The Ornamentor in Chattanooga.


Patrick Haller



Hello all! My name is Patrick Haller and I have been elected the President of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) for 2012. I got involved with the TUFC in 2001 on invite of my best friend and colleague, Dr. Douglas Airhart, and never looked back. I believe in the mission of the council to promote healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee. We need to recognize that our green infrastructure is just as important as our gray infrastructure during the development of our communities.

Briefly, I am owner of a landscape company, Haller’s Landscaping & Lawncare, since 1997 doing work all over Tennessee. I graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in Agriculture. Working with plants and being outside are some of the best perks of my job. Since starting my business, I became an ISA certified arborist because of my involvement with the TUFC as well as a licensed contractor with the state of Tennessee. During the years of 2002-2006, I was a county commissioner for White County where I learned a lot about how our government operates which I have applied to my volunteer work with the TUFC.

The TUFC is a great outlet for everything that I do for a living and what I have learned over the years. I believe that our organization is relevant to the growth of Tennessee. We need to be active in educating our leaders and partners on the importance of putting and preserving trees and green spaces in the construction of our communities, so that Mother Nature can continue to provide many benefits for us for free.

As President of the TUFC, I have asked the board to really step up during our transition without an executive director as we figure out our focus for the years to come. During 2012, our main priorities are membership development, our annual conference, which will be held in Pulaski this year, and getting our state tree boards activated and more involved in our mission. If anyone would like to help us please contact me at my email: [email protected], and we will gladly accept your assistance. Thank you and God bless!