May 2016 Issue

Branching Out

Deadline nears for free trees for arboreta

TUFC is celebrating its 25th anniversary by donating trees to 25 state arboreta. A few trees are still available if you haven't applied. APPLICATION Other anniversary events include 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

Earth Day at Cheekwood

Earth Day

David Cook, Josiah Lockard, Amy Diskmukes, and Lydia Wiggins spread the word about TUFC at Cheekwood's Earth Day celebration.

Tree Link

MBG offers entry discount

Memphis Botanic Garden, TUFC's first Center of Excellence, is offering a discount on admission to TUFC members. Show your member letter or member card to get your $2 entrance discount.
More member discounts

First South enhances member benefits

First South Financial, a not-for-profit credit union in West Tennessee, is partnering with TUFC to offer benefits for members of both groups.


Its 53,000 credit union members can join TUFC, and First South will pay their first year's dues. Members of TUFC can join First South Financial, and the credit union will refund the membership fee with a $25 bonus.

"This is a way to say thank you to the membership and reach out to other nonprofits," said Delynn Byars of First South. "We're really excited about his partnership and look forward to working with the West chapter of TUFC as well." MORE

Two parks certified as arboreta

East Park, Tullahoma's first arboretum, is a new Level 1 with more than two dozen trees on the site of the city's disc golf course. Also a Level 1, Drummonds Parks and Arboretum is a 30-acre jewel in Tipton County. The park consists of serene walking/hiking trails which wind through beautiful natural woodlands rich with wildlife. TUFC arboreta


UTC arboretum has new name

The Linda T. Collins Arboretum, formerly known as the UT Chattanooga Arboretum, has been certified Level II under its new name. The site has 73 labeled trees.

Registry tree featured on website

The Andrew Johnson Willows on TUFC's Landmark and Historic Tree Registry is featured in an Arbor Day article on MORE

Register for landscape workshop May 17 in Clarksville

The Montgomery County Landscape Management Workshop takes a look at weeds, pests, and diseases beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 17 at the Montgomery County Extension Office. Pesticide and Arborist CEUs have been applied for. Cost is $15, which includes lunch and training materials. Registration deadline is May 10. Application

West Chapter

Deb Foehring and other chapter volunteers served as team leaders to help Wolf River Conservancy volunteers properly plant 500 redbud trees at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy on March 19.

Leafsnap app provides tree id


Leafsnap electronic field guide, a free mobile app, uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds, and bark to aid identification. Leafsnap currently includes trees found in the northeastern United States. MORE

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
Book Cover




Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

New, renewing TUFC members

Nathan Baker
Jim Brooks
Delynn Byars
Mark Mangone
Gail Moon
Sara Shepherd
City of Brentwood


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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