March 2016 Issue

Branching Out


De'Etra Young

As president of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, I am excited to welcome you to the 2016 year.

For over 25 years, TUFC has had the mission of promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests across the state of Tennessee. TUFC is committed to educating communities to build stronger urban forests and promoting the awareness and importance of healthy trees and green spaces to our urban communities.

The coming year will include our 25th anniversary celebration and statewide conference, educational workshops, Arboreta 25 grant program, and the launching of our new Tree Sanctuary program.

With such an exciting year planned, I am honored to serve as your president. I look forward to celebrating with you! –De'Etra Young

TUFC celebrates silver anniversary

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council commemorates 25 years of sustaining the state’s urban forests with tree plantings, a new tree sanctuary program, and a gala event.

In addition, the Council’s Trees of Tennessee coffee-table book is 25% off during the month of February. MORE

“We celebrate 25 years of promoting healthy and sustainable urban forests,” said TUFC president De’Etra Young, “and look forward to building on our successes in the future.”

In 1991, two dozen visionaries gathered on Valentine’s Day to create TUFC. In the following quarter-century, TUFC has helped plant thousands of trees, certified nearly 100 arboreta, recognized dozens of landmark trees, and created education/ outreach programs including a regional Centers of Excellence program. HISTORY

25th Anniversary Sale! Save $10 This Month

‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees

  • Hardcover with 128 full-color pages
  • More than 150 images including 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees
  • East, Middle, West Tennessee sections
  • Fascinating facts about notable tree species



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Arboreta 25 provides new trees to TUFC arboreta

TUFC's Arboreta 25 program provides grants to its arboreta to plant new trees. The grants are being awarded in celebration of TUFC's 25th anniversary to the first 25 applicants. MORE

Tree Sanctuary program certifies private property


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

A tree sanctuary is a collection of trees on a property that is privately owned. Homeowners can apply to become a tree sanctuary for their own benefit or for the benefit of their community. Properties can remain closed except to family and friends or open on occasions for garden clubs and tree enthusiasts.

Criteria for certification include identifying 10 tree species on the property and submitting pictures of the trees and a map with their common and scientific names. Homeowners are required to sign a healthy yard pledge requiring no topping, using a certified arborist, and proper maintenance.

Participants receive an outdoor plaque, a certificate, and free membership in TUFC.

The Tree Sanctuary program is an outgrowth of TUFC’s arboreta certification of public properties and businesses. APPLICATION

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.

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West chapter members enjoyed the February 18 Winter Tree ID Workshop led by president Joellen Dimond, Wes Hopper, and Shawn Posey.

Scholarships available for UFI

The 2016 Urban Forest Institute focuses on management technology for urban forestry May 23-27 in Tampa.

Two Tennessee scholarships include reimbursement for airfare, lodging, meals, registration fees, and airport shuttle. Contact state forester Brian Rucker.

Webinar series discusses best practices for tree boards

Two webinars promise to help you take your community forestry board to the next level.

March 22: The Role of Advocacy in Community Forestry discusses advocacy, the tree board's role in the process, and key strategies.

April 19: Management Plans: Know What You Need showcases different approaches to urban forestry plans and their components.

The webinars begin at 11 a.m. EST. REGISTER

Tree City USA marks 40th year

The Arbor Day Foundation celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Tree City USA program by recognizing 16 communities that joined in 1976. Forty-one Tennessee communities are members, including Norris (36 years), Athens and Maryville (34), and Sevierville (31). Directory


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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.

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