May 2013 Issue

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

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Forestry conference is October 3–4

The 22nd annual urban forestry conference is October 3–4 in Jackson. The Tennessee Tree Climb is October 5 on the Lambuth College campus.

Support Council projects, get a free plate


Donate $135 to TUFC and choose one of three aluminum license plates for your front bumper to show your support of the Council.

The money goes to underwrite TUFC's campaign to get the state of Tennessee to issue a rear specialty license plate supporting the urban forest. Once TUFC receives 1,000 donations, the state will put the plate into production and we'll send you your official state license plate supporting the urban forest. ORDER


Josiah Lockard

Josiah Lockard

I became a Certified Arborist in 2002. During my years as a practicing arborist, I wanted to teach others how to work safely and minimize on the job risks so I became a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.

In 2009, I began pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture. In 2011, I opened my own company, Josiah Lockard and Associates, providing Arboriculture consulting services and Landscape Design, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.

I was introduced to the Tennessee Urban Forest Council through the Tennessee Tree Climbing competitions. I was drawn to the TUFC because of their commitment to caring for the urban forest and educating future generations.

I am looking forward to continuing the mission of the TUFC of creating greener cities across the state of Tennessee. I enjoy teaching how the many benefits of trees can encourage the sustainability of our environment.

Urban Forest Institute
May 6–10 in Nashville

The Urban Forestry Institute is a week-long workshop providing state agency foresters, municipal planners, and other professionals working in natural resources with in-depth, current urban and interface natural resource management education and training.

This program is hosted by Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division, Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, and Virginia Urban Forest Council through a federally funded grant from the US Forest Service. MORE