April 2016 Issue

Branching Out

TUFC celebrates silver anniversary

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council commemorates 25 years of sustaining the state’s urban forests with tree plantings at 25 TUFC arboreta, a new tree sanctuary program for home owners, and a celebration at the Governor's Residence this fall.

TUFC got its start in 1991 when two dozen visionaries gathered on Valentine’s Day to create the statewide organization. HISTORY

First meeting
Bylaws, incorporation

First conference, Nashville
Urban Forestry Awards program

Tree Registry
Arboretum Program
First executive director,
Jennifer Smith
First website
First Tree Climbing Championship
Heritage Tree Registry
West Tennessee Chapter
Notable Trees Exhibit
15th anniversary
planting at Capitol

Middle Tennessee Chapter
Warner Park Hill
Tract donation

New mission, vision statements

Jill Smith,
administrative assistant
East Tennessee Chapter
Center of Excellence program
Two corporate arboreta

Trees of Tennessee book
Bruce Webster scholarship

Tree Sanctuary program
25th anniversary arboreta plantings
Bruce Webster

Nashville honors Webster on Arbor Day

Nashville celebrated its 21st anniversary as a Tree City USA March 10 with several recognition awards, student essays, and tree dedications, including a nuttall oak planted for Bruce Webster.

Nashville received its 21st Tree City USA designation and the Tree City Growth Award for the fourth time. Nashville Electric Service received its eighth Tree Line USA Utility designation, and Tree Campus USA recipients Belmont University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Tennessee State University were recognized. More photos

Cities, campuses, utilities recognized

Fifty-two Tennessee communities are Tree City USA designees, ranging from 37-year member Norris to newest cities Goodlettsville and Lewisburg. Nineteen Tree Line USA utilities have been certified by the Arbor Day Foundation, including 17-year designee Dyersburg Electric System.

This year, Austin Peay State University joined the list of eight Tree Campus USA schools across the state.

Lawn and Garden Show

Volunteers hand out tree seedlings at Nashville Lawn and Garden Show.

West chapter meets April 21

The West Tennessee TUFC chapter meets April 21 at from noon to 2 p.m. at Drummonds Park Arboretum behind the fire/sheriff station in Tipton County. MAP

Tipton County Extension Master Gardeners will serve a light lunch. Eric Bridges will teach TEMG and WTC-TUFC members to assess a dollar value for trees, followed by an arboretum tour. Trails can be rocky, steep and slippery, so bring your walking stick and hiking boots.


Tennessee Arbor Day was celebrated at Memphis Botanic Garden on March 4.

Forestry scholarship aids Tennessee student

TUFC's Bruce Webster 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, long-time Division of Forestry employee and a founder of TUFC. Application is due June 15.

New beetle threatens state

A new pest, the granulate ambrosia beetle, is headed for Tennessee.


The granulate ambrosia beetle (inset) creates these "toothpicks" of sawdust on affected trees.

The Asian import targets a range of species including callery pear, Chinese elm, crapemytle, dogwood, fig, magnolia, maple, oak, and tulip poplar. Factsheet

Nominate champs by April 29


Nominations for American Forests champion trees end April 29. More than 750 champions are documented in the national register. MORE

Zoo keepers offer tree grants


Applications for American Association of Zoo Keepers grants are due May 1.

Trees for You and Me is a forest-based carbon offset grant with funds generated by local chapters hosting fundraising events. MORE

Webinar discusses best practices for tree boards

An April 19 webinar will help you take your community forestry board to the next level. Management Plans: Know What You Need showcases different approaches to urban forestry plans and their components. The webinar begins at 11 a.m. EST. REGISTER

Celebrate Arbor Day and support TUFC!

‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees

  • Hardcover 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
  • East, Middle, West Tennessee sections
  • Fascinating facts about notable tree species
  • Legends and tales of landmark and historic trees
  • Proceeds to benefit TUFC programs for healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee
Book Cover




Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

New, renewing TUFC members

City of Jackson
Nashville Tree Foundation
Richard Page
Barbara Tigrett
Karen Davenport
Patricia Miller


Make your home a tree sanctuary

You can now designate your property as a tree sanctuary with TUFC’s new program for residences. MORE

Emerald ash borer update

  • 47 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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