February 2014 Issue

Branching Out

TUFC members get discount to conference

The International Erosion Control Association invites TUFC members to the Environmental Connection 2014 Conference in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort February 25-28.


A $60 discount makes the exhibit hall free but can be applied to education registration too. Include the coupon code tufcdiscount when registering online.

Environmental Connection is IECA's annual conference and the premier educational event for erosion control and stormwater professionals. RegisterMore info

Fruit-tree pruning course is February 18

Apple Tree

Tennessee State University offers an educational workshop on pruning and care for fruit trees February 18. Cost is $10 per session. CEUs are available.

The workshop is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TSU's Farrell Westbrook Complex, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Register

Orchard production workshop is February 28

Extension agents from nine counties in the midstate will conduct an orchard production workshop February 28 at Shade Tree Farms in Adams.

This workshop provides information for homeowners or commercial orchards on site establishment, variety selection, planting procedures, irrigation, pest control, and marketing.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10, which includes lunch. More

TUFC West offers urban forestry advisor course

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 Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 federal, state, and local agencies.

Cost is $85; class size is limited. Register

Monthly webinars teach tree board basics

Free webinars March 4 and 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


Old trees absorb more carbon

A new study shows that as trees age, their growth accelerates.

“This finding contradicts the usual assumption that tree growth eventually declines as trees get older and bigger. It also means that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than has been commonly assumed,” said forest ecologist Nate Stephenson.

The U.S. Geological Survey studied more than 670,000 trees around the world. “For most tree species, mass growth rate increases continuously with tree size — in some cases, large trees appear to be adding the carbon mass equivalent of an entire smaller tree each year,” the study found. More


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