October 2012 Issue

Branching Out
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21st annual urban forestry conference

Over 100 foresters, arborists, horticulturists and tree lovers attended TUFC's urban forestry conference October 4–5 in Nashville. Keynote speaker Tara Armistead explored the connections between people and nature. The 21st annual conference was designated a National NeighborWoods Month event with support from Alliance for Community Trees. More pictures

Seven are Urban Forestry Award winners

TUFC recognized six individuals and two organizations for significant contributions to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee.

Awards were presented at an October 5 luncheon at the 21st annual TUFC urban forestry conference in Nashville.

Conference sponsors

  • AJ's Tree Service
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  • Armour&Armour Environmental Marketing
  • Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
  • Cortese Tree Specialists
  • Davey Tree
  • National Tree Preservation
  • Pinnacle Arborist Supplies
  • Tennessee Division of Forestry
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Vermeer Heartland
  • Village Trees
  • Wolf Tree

Debbi Molloy of Memphis received the Citizen Activist award. The Government Employee award went to City of Memphis horticulturist Richard Beckwith. Arborist Wes Hopper received the Private Professional award, and Memphis freelancer Chris Gang got the Media award.

The Green Industry award went to Wolf River Conservancy, and the Knoxville Tree Board was named Tree Board of the Year.

President Patrick Haller singled out two board members for stepping up to help the Council: John Nessle and Jimmy Ferrell received the President's Award.

Rob Kracker wins Tennessee Tree Climb

Finalists were Aquilino Cruz, winner Rob Kracker, and Iran Rodriguez.

Sixteen expert climbers competed in the 14th annual Tennessee Tree Climb October 5 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

In the individual events, Saulo Cruz won the throwline, Aquilino Cruz won the speedclimb and the footlock, Chris Bramlage won the aerial rescue and the workclimb.

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

The Tennessee Tree Climb Champion is Rob Kracker of Davey Tree in Nashville. Aquilino Cruz and Iran Rodriguez were runners-up.

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

Karla Kean is new Council president

Karla Kean is the 2013 president of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. She's the Montgomery County Horticulture Extension Agent for the Tennessee State University Extension in Montgomery County-Clarksville.

Landscape architect Tara Armistead is the new treasurer, and Karen Davenport returns as secretary.

Meet Jill Smith, TUFC's administrative assistant

Jill Smith is TUFC's new administrative assistant.

"It's great to be working with the Council and I look forward to helping out," she said. Jill was previously an urban forester with Warner Park Nature Center. The mother of two boys has a BS in environmental biology and a MS in natural resources.

Jennifer Smith gets achievement award

Jennifer Smith, former executive director of TUFC, was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the October conference. She was also named a life member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter.

Jennifer is now horticulturist/ arborist for Metro Nashville.

TUFC adds five giants
to tree registry

The registry of Landmark and Historic Trees has five new members from across the state.

New Landmark Trees are the Montvale Springs Tree Grove in Maryville, the Andrew Johnson Willows in Greeneville, and the Old Oak of Tusculum College in Greeneville. Gaining Historic Tree Status are the Sycamore Valley Overlook Oak in Cheatham County, and the Wildwood Stables Sycamore in Fairfield Glade Resort.

The Tennessee Landmark and Historic Tree Registry recognizes noteworthy trees or groves for their significance to Tennessee communities, the state, and the nation. See the registry