April 2015 Issue

Branching Out
Booth winner

TUFC spreads the word at Nashville garden show

TUFC's booth at Nashville's Lawn and Garden show in March helped tell the Council's story and the importance of trees. Nearly a hundred visitors joined TUFC's mailing list, including Nicholas Cota from Mother Earth Lawn Care, whose name was drawn as the winner of a Trees of Tennessee book.

Nashville celebrates 20th year as Tree City

Arbor Day

Nashville celebrated its Arbor Day March 12 in Centennial Park with tree plantings, essay contest winners, and a mayor's proclamation. The city was honored for its 20th year as a Tree City USA.

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TUFC member Wes Hopper reads a poem at the 2015 Tennessee Arbor Day Ceremony for Memphis.

‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees

  • Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
  • Introduction by TUFC co-founder Gene Hyde
  • More than 150 images including 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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June 5 deadline to apply for TUFC forestry scholarship

TUFC's new scholarship program provides $1,000 over two semesters to a college student studying urban forestry. The recipient must be enrolled in a forestry program with an urban forestry concentration.

The scholarship honors Bruce Webster, long-time Division of Forestry employee and one of the founders of TUFC. Application is due June 5.

Knoxville Zoo named new TUFC arboretum

Knoxville Zoo

Knoxville Zoological Gardens is TUFC's newest Level 1 arboretum. The 53-acre park just east of downtown draws 400,000 visitors a year. TUFC Arboreta

West chapter meets April 16

The next meeting of the West Tennessee chapter of TUFC is April 16 at 1 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Tree steward workshop set for April 25 in Clarksville

The Tennessee Urban Tree Steward Workshop is Saturday, April 25, at the William O. Beach Civic Hall in Clarksville.

Montgomery County Extension Agent Karla Kean and City of Clarksville Forester Katy Stevenson help lead a workshop targeting arborists, tree care professionals, and others involved in the green industry. Arborists Wes Hopper and Tracy Jackson also conduct workshops.

Topics include tree risk assessment and chainsaw safety, site analysis and basic pruning, tree biology and diagnostics, and tree selection and planting.

The cost to attend is $25 per person, which covers training materials, snacks, and lunch. Registration is due April 20.

Webinars look at urban forestry issues


Planning in the Face of Change, one-hour webinars on urban forestry issues, are presented the last week of the month at 9 a.m. The April 30 session is on emergency planning, and tree management follows on May 28. SAF and ISA credits are available. More info


Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

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.

Tennessee info
National info


New, renewing TUFC members


  • Follis Tree Preservation


  • Blair Parker
  • Connie Shepherd
  • Bruce Webster

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