June 2015 Issue

Branching Out

Free Field Day set for June 17 in McMinnville

Tennessee State University hosts Field Day with sessions on insects and plant problems, managing landscapes and nurseries, ornamental plant production, and urban tree management.

The event at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions, tours, and lunch are free but please RSVP by email or call 931-815-5140. More

Bruce Webster

Bruce Webster to retire

After 42 years in state forestry, including 29 in Tennessee, urban forestry pioneer Bruce Webster is retiring.

The Division of Forestry is sending him off with a luncheon in his honor June 16 at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Bruce worked in South Dakota and Nebraska before moving to Tennessee. "I thought it would look good on my resume to work in a state with trees," he laughs. His entire career has been spent in urban forestry. After years as the state urban forester, he leads the forest management unit for the Division of Forestry.

Bruce is one of the founders of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, which has established an urban forestry scholarship in his honor.

RSVP for the 11 a.m. luncheon by June 1 to Brian Rucker, 615-837-5439. Cost is $10.

TAEP, U&CF grant applications due June 19

The state Division of Forestry is now accepting urban forestry project proposals through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and the Urban & Community Forestry Program.

TAEP funds will be used to enhance the state of Tennessee through tree planting. Trees must come from a Tennessee nursery. U&CF funds support all other urban forestry-related projects.

Projects that address ordinances, inventory and management planning, advisory organization, and staffing of an urban or community forestry program will be given priority. Other projects for education, training, printed materials, and travel to conferences are also accepted. The Division of Forestry will also accept proposals to fund urban forestry staff positions.

Local governments, private non-profit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible. Proposals must be received in the Nashville office of the Division of Forestry by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015.

For an information packet or questions, contact:

Columbia Academy named arboretum


George Freeland and John Rhodes, who worked on the arboretum as an Eagle Scout project

The new Level 1 arboretum has more than 30 trees on 67 acres, many as old as the campus, which was established in Middle Tennessee in 1890. TUFC arboreta

Alvin York Beech GroveTree of the Month

Alvin York Wedding Beech Grove, Pall Mall 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.

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