September 2015 Issue

Branching Out
Conference Conference

Be part of the future October 1-2 in Memphis

The complexity of urban forest resource issues is increasing — come to this conference and be part of designing our future. We may not have all the answers, but the more creative minds the better.

  • Learn about the critical urban forest resource issues.
  • Discover innovative solutions and technologies being used in Tennessee and across the country.
  • Develop strategies to expand our ability to build a green future.
  • Strengthen our regional and statewide network of urban forestry professionals. MORE


Christopher Luley keynotes conference

Dr. Christopher Luley

Dr. Christopher J. Luley will talk about detecting decay in urban trees and the realities of root rot at TUFC's 24th annual urban forestry conference October 1-2 in Memphis.

Luly, vice president of Urban LLC, has years of experience in urban forest management and research, advanced diagnostics and pest management, tree risk assessment, and treatments for use in advanced plant health care.

UT student awarded TUFC scholarship

Samuel Peyton is the first recipient of the Bruce Webster Scholarship presented by TUFC.

Peyton is a senior urban forestry student at University of Tennessee. He recently assisted the Knoxville urban forester with a street tree inventory. Peyton’s scholarship will be presented at the TUFC conference dinner October 1. The scholarship honors recently retired state forester Bruce Webster.

Middleton named new arboretum

The Level 1 arboretum began as a Hardeman County Master Gardener project. The eight-acre park identifies 44 species. TUFC arboreta

Tree board workshop attracts 25 in Knoxville


Twenty-five participants in the UT workshop included representatives from Athens, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Knoxville, and Crossville. Topics included tree canopy, tree ordinances, pruning, and tree biology.

UF advisor classes begin September 9 in Memphis

The West chapter hosts a series of five urban forestry advisor classes from 9am to 1pm September 9, 15, 23, 30, and October 7.

Providing in-depth information on trees are Eric Bridges, Richard Beckwith, Joellen Dimond, Deb Foehring, Wes Hopper, Shawn Posey, and Laurie Williams.

Cost is $85. Call 901-636-4128 for more information.

Advanced tree ID workshop starts September 11 in Memphis

The West chapter holds an advanced tree identification workshop September 11-12 from 9am to 1pm.

Cost is $5 for active TUFC members who register before August 15 and $20 for the public. Call 901-636-4128 to register.

Emerald ash borer update

• Evidence shows the white fringetree, a close relative of the ash, may be under attack by the ash borer. More

• Additional ash borers have been caught in one trap in Davidson County but no other populations have been detected yet.

• Counties added to quarantine in 2015: Bledsoe, Cumberland, Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale, and Williamson


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‘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
Book Cover


including tax


Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

Emerald ash borer update

  • 41 counties including Davidson are now under state/federal quarantine. Map
  • EAB cannot be contained, and all ash species are at risk of dying.
  • Significant 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

Don't Move Firewood


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