December 2013 Issue

Branching Out

Bruce Webster moves to new program

Bruce Webster

Longtime urban forester Bruce Webster has a new job leading the rural forestry management program.

Brian Rucker takes over as the state urban forester, reporting to Webster.

Webster will work with foresters across the state to implement the management and stewardship program. He is one of the founders of TUFC and has been in Tennessee's urban and community forestry program for 27½ years.

West Tennessee membership meeting December 5

West Tennessee holds its annual chapter and membership meeting Thursday, December 5, from 1-3pm in the library at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

The group will present the 2014 budget and conduct elections for the four board of director vacancies for 2014–2015.

Tennessee tree board workshop is February 6

TUFC hosts a workshop for tree board members February 6 in Cookeville.

The workshop is for all Tree Board chairs plus one other representative from each Tree City USA in Tennessee. Tentative topics will be urban forestry planning, Tree Board and Government 101, the role of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and its programs, and federal government perspectives, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.

This workshop is covered by a grant from the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Program and will provide lodging, meals, and handout material.

The Council is having the workshop one day prior to its annual retreat so that workshop participants can stay over to help the Council plan its annual activities.

Landscape course is January 14-15

short course

The Middle Tennessee Landscape Management Short Course is January 14-15 at Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

Registration for the event is $75 for one day and $100 for both; deadline is January 10. Sponsored by UT Extension and Tennessee State University, the course includes urban forestry, insect and disease updates, organic solutions, smart yards, and turf management. ISA, TCNP, and Tennessee pesticide applicator points will be awarded. Registration

Five monthly webinars teach tree board basics

Five free webinars December 10 through April 1 help tree boards function more efficiently and effectively.

The webinar series offers insights into the political process, how to communicate your message, forest management opportunities, and engaging volunteers.

The series is useful to newly established boards as well as established boards seeking ideas for how to move forward or gain new energy and focus. Register

Posters of Notable Trees make great holiday gifts

Fringetree Poster

A few limited-edition posters of three Notable Trees are still available. The 20x24 posters are printed on high-quality paper and frame-ready. Posters available are the American Fringetree in Memphis (above), the Loblolly Pine in McNairy County, and the Japanese Zelkova in Nashville. Price is $75 each. More

Center for Excellence offers summer of tree education

TUFC’s first Center of Excellence, Memphis Botanic Garden, reported a busy third quarter of tree activities. Highlights include:

  • Wes Hopper led a tree ID class for 16 UFA volunteers and Master Gardeners on July 9, which also included some disease education, cultivation, and site conditions.
  • Nine Shelby County 4-H kids practiced for state competition by measuring trees, tree ID, orienteering, and evaluating a stand July 12, August 17, and August 24.
  • Twelve Cub Scouts learned the inner parts of the tree, why trees are important, and what things are made from trees Sepember 7 in Totally Trees! class.
  • Certified arborist Chris O’Bryan taught a Healthy Trees brown bag lecture September 18 for 31 people.
  • Certified arborist Chris O’Bryan talked about basic tree health, Nick Estus on reasons for planting in the fall, and Kyle McLane on tree planting at the Fall Plant Sale September 27-28.

The Horticulture staff is on target for planting five trees per week and will plant a minimum of two trees for every tree removed for construction. Full report


Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee


New, renewing TUFC members


  • ABC Tree Service
  • Ellis Tree Care
  • Knoxville Utilities Board
  • Nashville Electric Service
  • Quality Tree Surgery


  • City of Bartlett
  • City of Cleveland
  • City of Jackson
  • City of Johnson City
  • City of Kingsport
  • City of Lakeland
  • City of Sevierville Parks and Recreation
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • Knoxville Utilities Board
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Metro Nashville
  • Middle Tennessee Electric Corporation
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville


  • Joanna Abel
  • Scot Abel
  • Lewis Bausell
  • Richard Beckwith
  • Marie Branch
  • Lisa Catlett
  • James Dennis
  • John Gunckel
  • Skip Heibert
  • Patti Jelineck
  • Robert Lackey
  • George Lee
  • Craig Lenocker
  • J.J. McNelis
  • E. Bryan Miller
  • Thomas Rieman
  • Beth Rowlett
  • Jenny Sabatier
  • Mary Beth Sheppard
  • Gwen Tubb
  • Mary McClendon Vavra
  • Jim Volgas
  • Sarah Webster