August 2016 Issue

Branching Out

Get hands-on at urban forestry conference October 6-7

Whether you manage trees from behind a desk or behind a saw — or both — you'll come away from the 25th annual urban forestry conference with better tools and better techniques to do your job. Learn best practices from the experts and share your successes with your peers.

Keynote gets hands-on with sustainable cities

Bruce Fraedrich

Keynote speaker Bruce Fraedrich looks at plans for sustainable management with emphasis on landscape diversity, selecting pest-resistant plants, matching species to the design, and preparing the site in Thursday's keynote address.

Fraedrich is a plant pathologist and arboricultural researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. His Friday session reintroduces pruning systems and looks at changing standards. MORE

Sessions focus on latest info, best practices

Is your city and your business ready for EAB? Get prepared with sessions on EAB preparation, other infestations, and the latest injections, drenches, and sprays for treatment.

Help manage an urban forest? Learn to measure and analyze with i-Tree. Get advice on managing volunteer tree-planting projects. And learn application tips for successful grant projects.

Get ready to get hands-on at the October urban forestry conference. FULL SCHEDULE

Smyrna, La Grange add arboreta

Sam Davis

The Sam Davis Home is a Level 1 arboretum in Smyrna. Located on a 168-acre site of a nineteenth-century farm, the arboretum has many of the trees that were on the Davis property in the 1860s.

TUFC has certified La Grange Boardwalk Arboretum as a new Level I site. The boardwalk joins La Grange Cemetery, a 2012 Level 2, as the town's second arboretum. Located at the Mineral Slough Boardwalk, the arboretum along the Winton Cowan Trail identifies native species of trees.

Townsend River Walk just outside the Smokies has been recertified as a Level 1 with 38 trees. The Little River site was first certified in 2011. TUFC ARBORETA

River Walk

Last chance to honor a volunteer

The Council’s silver anniversary is the perfect opportunity to honor the top people making an impact in your urban forestry community — give your local volunteers a pat on the back with a nomination to TUFC’s Urban Forestry Awards. Make it a priority to nominate at least one person this year. Categories include: Builder/Developer, Government Employee, Private Professional, Citizen Activist, Media, Green Industry, and Tree Board. Nomination form

West chapter meets August 19

The next meeting of the West chapter of TUFC is August 19 at 3 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden. MORE


The West Chapter sponsored Weida Ringley and her 4-H Forestry Team in the 4-H National Forestry Invitational in West Virginia.

Link Kroger Plus card to TUFC

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Help TUFC protect our urban forests by shopping. You'll earn rewards for TUFC every time you use your Kroger Plus shopper's card. Get a card or link your current card to Tennessee Urban Forestry Council NPO#84450 by setting up a digital account here.

Learn about Tennessee's tree treasures 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
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Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee


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

  • 49 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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