November 2016 Issue

Branching Out
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Trees of Tennessee on sale to celebrate TUFC's anniversary

Support TUFC and celebrate the state's top trees with Trees of Tennessee, now on sale at the anniversary price of $25 including tax and shipping.

This beautiful book features more than 150 images including 68 of TUFC's notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees.

All proceeds benefit TUFC. MORE

10 presidents celebrate 25th anniversary


Ten presidents of TUFC at the dinner are Marty Shaw, Patrick Haller, De'Etra Young, Josiah Lockard, Scott Johnson, Kim Cross, Gene Hyde, Karla Kean, Jim Cortese, and Guy Zimmerman.

Nearly 100 tree enthusiasts attended the 25th annual urban forestry conference sponsored by TUFC in Murfreesboro October 6-7.

Hands-On Urban Forestry offered tours, talks, and presentations on managing the urban forest. The Thursday dinner saw seven additions to the Tree Registry, six urban forestry awards, and the Bruce Webster Scholarship. MORE

Six honored with Awards of Excellence

Six categories of winners were recognized at the 25th annual conference dinner with Urban and Community Forestry Awards of Excellence.

Presidents Award

The Citizen Activist award went to Vicki Turner of Nashville, and Joellen Diamond of Memphis was named Government Employee of the year. The Private Professional award went to Tony Larkins of Ellis Tree Care in Nashville. The Green Industry Award recognized The Compost Company in Ashland City, and Chattanooga Tree Commission was named top Tree Board. The President's Award honored long-time board member Chris Armour. MORE

Registry adds seven significant state trees

Bicentennial Oak of Vanderbilt

The Tennessee Tree Registry has accepted three historic, two landmark, and two heritage trees.

New Historic Trees are the Adair Oak of Fountain City outside Knoxville, the New Hope Cemetery Black Oak in Greeneville, and the Wolf Creek Cypress of Del Rio in Cocke County.

Landmark trees include the Bicentennial Oak of Vanderbilt MORE, which predates the university, and the Burnett-Thomas Garden Holly in the Appalachian town of Pittman Center.

New Heritage Trees, noteworthy trees that have fallen, are the Daniel Boone Beech of Washington County, with its famous carving, and the Key Corner Sycamore, the starting point of James Robertson's West Tennessee survey.

The Tree Registry catalogs 50 trees, groves and forests in 27 counties across the state. Tour Tennessee's Top Trees

Ford plant becomes arboretum


Tennessee Environmental Council has turned part of the Ford Glass Plant property in Nashville into a 120-acre greenfield. The reforestation project includes the Paul Jermanus Memorial Aboretum, a Level 1 with 39 unique species. TUFC arboreta


Connor Moss and Marta Morgan receive the Oaklands Park arboretum certification.

West chapter meets Dec. 15

The West chapter of TUFC meets December 15 at Memphis Botanic Garden in My Big Back Yard Guest House. MORE


UFA Instructor Eric Bridges teaches class members methods for tree inventory at the 2016 UFA class.

Plant a tree to honor a veteran

Tennessee Environmental Council is giving away 5,000 free trees for residents to plant in honor of military veterans. MORE

ON SALE! 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

  • 59 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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