December 2014 Issue

Branching Out

TUFC publishes ‘Trees of Tennessee’ featuring landmark, notable trees

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council introduces Trees of Tennessee, a 128-page coffee-table book honoring the state's notable, landmark, and historic trees.

"Every tree lover in Tennessee should own this beautiful book," said TUFC president Josiah Lockard, who wrote the book's foreword.

Chattanooga arborist and TUFC co-founder Gene Hyde wrote the introduction. Book committee members Karen Davenport, Lydia R. Wiggins, and Chris Armour wrote the copy, along with Tom Simpson and Jan Stinson. Armour designed the book.

"This book wouldn't be possible without the volunteers who took pictures of more than 50 trees across the state," said Davenport. "The committee would like to thank photographers Bruce Atnip, Steven J. Baskauf, Robin Bible, Edward L. Bowen, Nick Bridgeman, Karen Davenport, Eugenia Estes, Jimmy Ferrell, Tom Fox, Joseph Gaston, Puri Gere, Beverly Gonzalez, Kendra Hinkle, Suzanne F. Johnston, Cyndy Grivich-Tucker, Thomas D. Mackie Jr., Robert Maxfield, Maury Miller III, Jack Mitchell, Shane Moore, Christy Pepper, Denise Retallack, Steve Roark, Larry Safko, Thomas A. Schmitt, Tom Simpson, David Smith, Jan Stinson, Dennis Testerman, Lydia Wiggins, and Scott Winningham."

This project was partially funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. Proceeds benefit TUFC programs promoting the urban forest.

Books are $40 each, which includes sales tax and shipping. A bulk order of 20 books is $550 including tax and shipping. More info

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  • Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
  • Introduction by TUFC co-founder Gene Hyde
  • More than 150 images of 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees
  • Fascinating facts about notable tree species
  • Legends and tales of landmark and historic trees
  • East, Middle, West Tennessee sections
  • Proceeds to benefit TUFC programs for healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee


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TUFC designates two arboreta

Carson Newman Arboretum

Carson-Newman University campus is a new arboretum.

Baddour Parkway in Lebanon is a new Level 1 arboretum, and the Carson-Newman University campus is a Level 2 site.

Located in and around Fiddlers Grove Historic Village on the campus of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Badour Parkway features oaks, elms, redbuds, dogwoods, willows, maples, and ash. Carson-Newman's campus in Jefferson City has more than 200 trees of 63 species. TUFC arboreta

TUFC introduces forestry scholarship

TUFC's new scholarship program provides $1,000 over two semesters to a college student studying urban forestry. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident attending a Tennessee college or university, a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and enrolled in a forestry program with an urban forestry concentration.

The scholarship honors Bruce Webster, the long-time Division of Forestry employee, one of the founders of TUFC. Application

West chapter meets December 18

The West Tennessee chapter of TUFC meets Thursday, December 18, at Memphis Botanic Garden at 1pm. The Strategic Planning Committee meets January 21 at 1:30pm at MBG.


Memphis Botanic Garden arborist Chris O'Bryan demonstrates proper planting of a container-grown bald cypress to the 2014 urban forestry advisor class.

Center of Excellence has busy third quarter

Memphis Botanic Garden, TUFC’s first Center of Excellence, had a busy quarter working on arboreta, collections, educational programming, and urban forestry support.

The Center worked on arboreta tree lists for the Wolf River Conservancy, Wolf River Greenline, Vollentine Evergreen Community Association, Lichterman Nature Center, Middleton Arboretum, and Southwind Garden Club. The Prehistoric Plant Trail got a new display of palms.

Working with a Scout troop, MBG created a woodland classroom for tree programs. Twenty registrants attended five-week urban forestry classes, 22 teachers attended a Project Learning Tree workshop, and 12 children and their families enjoyed Trees for Fun on Fun Fridays. More

Emerald ash borer update

  • 39 counties including Davidson are now under state/federal quarantine.
  • EAB cannot be contained, and all ash species are at risk of dying.
  • Significant ash trees can sometimes be saved with permanent chemical treatments, if diagnosed early.
  • The most important way to slow the spread of EAB is to stop moving firewood.

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December 16 webinar examines tree care ordinances

North Carolina Urban Forestry Council presents a webinar on tree care ordinances December 16. Pete Smith of the Arbor Day Foundation leads this discussion for municipal tree advocates from 11am to noon Eastern. Register here


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