August 2014 Issue

Branching Out

TUFC's Planting a Sustainable Future Sept. 18-19



TUFC's 23rd annual urban forestry conference focuses on trees and sustainability September 18–19 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

The Tennessee Tree Climb is September 20 at nearby Sevier Park.

Dr. Edward F. Gilman of the University of Florida offers a half-day workshop on roots and a session on proper pruning. The arborist track includes a session on tree safety plus two sessions from superstar arborist Mark Chisholm on being a professional arborist and new-age climbing techniques.

A track for government tree stewards and tree boards includes sessions on successful tree boards, tree canopy studies, and exotic pests plus a tree board roundtable. Schedule


TUFC names new officers

The TUFC board has a couple of new faces: Joe Shaw is the new treasurer. He replaces Scott Johnson, who moves up to fill the vacant vice-president position. Joe Giansante is the new secretary. Shaw works with Davey, and Giansante is an arborist.

Buffalo Creek Park

Unicoi's Buffalo Creek Park is new arboretum

Buffalo Creek Park near Unicoi is a new Level 1 arboretum. The site has more than 30 different tree species labeled and a quarter-mile walking trail. TUFC arboreta

West chapter meets August 20

The West Tennessee chapter of TUFC meets August 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, followed by a visit to MBG's Farmers Market.

TUFC West offers course for urban forestry advisors

The West Tennessee chapter offers its fifth urban forestry advisor training course September 3 through October 1.

The five-week course provides 20 hours of instruction by local experts. Classes are held Wednesday 9am-1pm at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Lectures and field work will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of government agencies.

Cost is $85; class is limited. Register

Center of excellence has busy summer

Memphis Botanic Garden, TUFC's first Center of Excellence, was named a Conifer Reference Garden by the American Conifer Society as part of a busy quarter of tree activities.

In addition, MBG reached more than 200 students with educational programming, planted 10 endangered Torreya taxifolia and six new hornbeams, and gave arboretum assistance to Overton Park Conservancy, Riverdale Elementary, International Place, Sea Isle Arboretum, and Lichterman Nature Center. More


Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee


New, renewing TUFC members


  • Robinson Tree Service

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