October 2014 Issue

Branching Out

Stars headline urban forestry conference


Renowned tree experts Dr. Ed Gilman and Mark Chisolm talked roots, pruning, climbing, and professionalism at TUFC's 24th annual urban forestry conference September 18-19 in Nashville.

More than 100 tree lovers and professionals also heard about building effective tree boards, pests and insects invading Tennessee, and Nashville's green infrastructure. Photos

Awards of Excellence honor tree supporters


TUFC offcials join winners of the Urban and Community Forestry Awards of Excellence presented at the conference.

TUFC recognized four people, a business, and a nonprofit as winners of the Urban and Community Forestry Awards of Excellence at the September conference.

Awards recognize outstanding leadership, education efforts, and activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Winners are:
Builder/Developer: Southeast Venture, Nashville
Citizen Activist: Randy Allen, White House
Government: Karna Levitt, Chattanooga
Green Industry: Nashville Tree Foundation
Media: Louise Zepp, Tennessee Conservationist
Private Professional: Mariah C. Prescott, Dalton

Previous winners

Two trees added to Heritage Tree Registry

Heritage Trees

Regional urban forester Tom Simpson inducts two trees into the Heritage Tree Registry.

A Middle Tennessee pioneer's sycamore home and a bloody oak grove in Memphis are the newest members of TUFC's Heritage Tree Registry. Tree registries

The giant sycamore was Thomas "Bigfoot" Spencer's winter home in the Castalian Springs area of Sumner County in 1779. The home of William Joyner on Hernando Pike was outside the Memphis city limits and not subject to the city's "no dueling" law. In the 1800s men met in a nearby grove to defend their honor; many died in the home's front parlor.

The Heritage Tree Registry honors trees that are no longer standing.

Amador wins Tennessee Tree Climb

Tree Climb Winners

Joseph Williams, Aquilino Amador, and B.J. Asher won the Master's Challenge.

Aquilino Amador of Davey Tree won the Master's Challenge of the Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship and will represent the state at the next level. Joseph Williams, also from Davey, placed second, and B.J. Absher of Anderson Tree was third.

Silent auction raises funds for Council


Bidding was lively for the silent auction, which raised nearly $1,000 for the Council. It was sponsored by Memphis Botanic Garden.

Emerald ash borer discovered in Davidson County


The Tennessee EAB quarantine has been extended to Davidson County after the insect was trapped in a residential area of Old Hickory.

Thirty-nine counties are now under a state/federal quarantine as the borer continues to spread across the state. Millions of ash trees have been killed in 24 states. More

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Photo by Ruigeroeland, CC BY 3.0 US

Armyworms attack soybeans, pastures, lawns, turfgrass

Fall armyworms attack a wide range of grasses, pastures, and other crops including soybeans and sorghum. "We are having a biblical year with fall armyworm, especially in pastures and lawns," says Karla Kean, TSU/ Montgomery County extension agent. Specific targets: PasturesLawnsTurfgrassMore turfgrass

West chapter meets October 9

The West Tennessee chapter of TUFC will have a luncheon meeting with the Germantown Tree Board October 9 at the Pickering Center in Germantown, 7771 Poplar Pike. Lunch is at noon with a meeting at 1 p.m.

Renewable energy conference Oct. 12-14 at Tennessee Tech


A new conference features a wide variety of renewable energy approaches October 12-14 at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

Sponsored by Tennessee Renewable Energy Economic Development Council, the conference features new technologies, introduces government leaders, and discusses best practices. CEUs available. Register

Commercial Horticultural Expo November 18-19 in Memphis

A two-day conference at the Agri-Center in Memphis focuses on tree failure, pruning practices, disease-resistant trees, common diseases for plants and lawns, and using herbicides. Pesticide and ISA points are available. Schedule and registration

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