July 2015 Issue

Branching Out

Recognize excellence with forestry award nomination


Here's your chance to recognize the people and groups who make urban forestry possible in Tennessee.

Nominations for TUFC's Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence are due July 31.

TUFC presents awards for outstanding leadership, education efforts, or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Categories include the Private Professional, Media, Builder/Developer, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, Green Industry, and Tree Board awards. Nomination form

Knoxville hosts tree board workshop July 22

Tree biology, tree canopy, city ordinances, and right-tree planting are the focus of a day-long tree board workshop in Knoxville July 22.

Scheduled presenters include Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe, Kasey Krouse, and Nick Bridgeman.

The workshop runs 9am to 3pm and includes lunch and a tour of the utility arboretum at UT. Register

Nature Conservancy spotlights alien invasion

The Nature Conservancy needs your help in identifying invasive plant and animal species. Tennessee is seeing a growing threat from such pests as emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle. The Conservancy's Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee can show you how to help stop these pests. Slideshow

‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees

  • Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
  • More than 150 images including 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees


including tax

Book Cover

TAEP grant deadline extended to July 24

The deadline to submit proposals for Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program tree planting is now July 24.

If funded, the grant will reimburse half the cost of trees and delivery, mulch, gator bags, contracted planting, and an acknowledgment sign. Trees must be purchased from a Tennessee nursery and be planted on public land. Eligible grantees include cities and towns, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher learning. If you are interested in applying for grant funds contact state urban forester Brian Rucker or call 615-837-5439.

Birthing TreeTree of the Month

Birthing Tree, McMinnville 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


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