February 2015 Issue

Branching Out

SAVE THE DATE! 2015 Urban Forestry Conference is October 1-2 in Memphis

TUFC names 2015 board members

2015 board

TUFC board members and Division of Forestry staff are, back row, Shawn Posey, Lydia Wiggins, Tom Simpson, president Scott Johnson, Mason Young, David Cook, Patrick Haller, Jimmy Ferrell, Josiah Lockard, Brian Rucker, and Joe Giansante, and, front row, Dalia Abbas, Jill Smith, Marti Foster, Amy Dismukes, Katie Stevenson, and vice president De'Etra Young.

Scott Johnson of Davey Tree is president and De'Etra Young of Tennessee State University is vice president of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council for 2015.

David Joe Giansante of Quality Tree Surgery is secretary, and Patrick Haller of Haller's Landscaping is treasurer. New board members are Clarksville city forester Kathrine Stevenson and Williamson County extension agent Amy Dismukes. Returning board members are Chris Armour, Karen Davenport, Marti Foster, and Lydia Wiggins. Dalia Abbas, David Cook, and Mason T. Young have one-year appointments to the board.

Sweetwater, Oak Ridge have new arboreta

Heritage Center in Oak Ridge and Engleman Park in Sweetwarter are TUFC's newest Level 1 arboreta.

An extension of the CROET Greenways Foundation's development of a natural greenway, the Heritage Center arboretum includes many mature trees as well as younger trees planted as part of the overall development of nature and wildlife areas. It is open to the public for self‑guided tours at no charge. The Sweetwater arboretum is a collection of many local trees. It was made possible by the collaborative efforts of past and present members of the Sweetwater Tree Board and the City of Sweetwater.

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 is due June 5.

‘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


including tax

Environmental Council plans 50K tree planting

Tennessee Environmental Council is helping residents across the state plant 50,000 trees February 27. The Division of Forestry is providing the trees. TEC needs county-level coordinators for the event. Tree owners can pick up four to eight trees, to be planted in one hour. More info

Monthly 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 through May at 9 a.m. February 26 covers green infrastructure. March 26 focuses on the urban interface. April 30 is on emergency planning, and tree management follows in May. SAF and ISA credits are available. More info

Master Gardener

Master Gardener course starts March 4 in Clarksville

Applications are due February 25 for the Montgomery County Master Gardener course March 4 through May 27. The 13-week course includes instruction on basic botany, best practices, plant diseases and insects, turf grass maintenance, vegetable gardening, and ornamental plants.

Cost is $125 and the course is limited to 60 participants. Graduates are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within a year to receive Master Gardener certification.

All classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montgomery County Extension office, 1030 Cumberland Heights Road. Call 931/648-5725 or email for more information. Schedule and application

Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence has busy fourth quarter

Memphis Botanic Garden, TUFC’s first Center of Excellence, had a busy quarter of educational programming and arboreta support. MBG reached nearly 9,000 students in nine programs including a Harvest Festival field trip, a week-long Eco-Trek, and a basic botany class. Glenview Arboretum and Lichterman Gallery received arboretum assistance. More


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


  • Arbor Medics


  • City of Jackson
  • City of Tullahoma


  • Joanna Abel
  • Scot Abel
  • Wendy Fish
  • Wes Hopper
  • Sean Pflaumer
  • Burk Renner
  • Mary Beth Sheppard
  • Kathrine Stevenson

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