April 2013 Issue

Branching Out
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Promoting healthy
and sustainable urban
and community forests
in Tennessee

TUFC certifies Level 1, Level 4 arboreta

TUFC has added two more arboreta to its certification list, Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville and Shady Acres Park in Trenton.

The Level 1 Ijams Nature Center Arboretum Trail meanders through hardwood forest where visitors can identify 37 native trees with species labels. Shady Acres Park, Level 4, has more than 120 labeled trees on 32 acres.

In addition, two Level 1 arboreta were recently recertified: Interstate Packaging in Dickson and Long Hunter State Park's Jason Allen Arboretum Trail at Couchville Lake in Hermitage.

See a list of TUFC's arboreta here. You can zoom in and click on the map's trees for more information on each site.

Interstate Packaging

TUFC arboretum coordinator Douglas Airhart presents arboretum recertification to Interstate Packaging groundskeeper Randy Baker.

Maple planted for Tennessee Groves

Bristol Welcome Center has a two-caliper Dawn Glory red maple, thanks to TUFC and the Tennessee Groves program.

Bristol Planting

New TUFC member Erin Tharp and state forestry technician Steve Bingham worked with welcome center manager Ken Olinger to site and plant the tree.

TUFC administers the the Tennessee Department of Transportation's memorial and honorarium landscape program at welcome centers in the state.

TUFC supports ISA Southern conference

ISA Southern

TUFC had a booth at the recent ISA Southern conference in Memphis. A number of TUFC members helped organize the conference and gave presentations.

Center of Excellence debuts tree tags

Tree Tags

TUFC's first Center of Excellence, Memphis Botanic Garden, debuted its Tree Tag program at the city's Arbor Day celebration.

"As part of a monthlong celebration of trees, we tagged 25 of our noteworthy trees to demonstrate just how valuable these assets can be," said director Jim Duncan, a TUFC board member.

Visitors could take a free, self-guided tour looking for the large green tags on featured trees throughout the month of March. The dollar amount offers an idea of the value of a particular tree, based on its size and species.

"This is a project that can be easily replicated by other arboretums across the state," Duncan said.

Clarksville needs tree planting volunteers

Trained volunteers such as the Urban Tree Stewards and Master Gardeners are needed to help lead teams to properly plant trees as the Clarksville Parks and Recreation department celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday, April 13.

Volunteers should arrive around 9 a.m. at the Swan Lake Sports Complex. Bring your gloves and shovels or other digging tools. RSVP to Karla Kean or to city forester Joshua Rice.

Photo gallery: Tree tunnels of the world

Tree TunnelLink