July 2017 Issue

Branching Out
Urban Forestry Conference October 5-6 in Knoxville

Conference focuses on leadership

The October 5–6 urban forestry conference in Knoxville will help you find the right tools and learn innovative techniques to do your job. Discover best practices from the experts and share your successes with your peers.

Paul Ries

• KEYNOTE on the future of urban forestry from Paul Ries, principal consultant for Insightful Nature and director of the urban forestry graduate program at Oregon State University.

• WORKSHOPS on tree boards and tree selection

• CROWN TO ROOTS TRACK with tree biology, urban soils, low-impact design, and green infrastructure

• BUSINESS TRACK focusing on forestry careers, landscaping, and utility arboriculture SCHEDULE



Germantown's Oaklawn Garden a new Level 1

oaklawn garden

The three-acre Oaklawn Garden is known throughout West Tennessee as Germantown’s azalea park. Home to hundreds of azaleas, thousands of daffodils, and a beautiful stand of trees and woody shrubs, the garden also features an eclectic display of Germantown’s history. TUFC ARBORETA

Award nominations due July 31


Give a special thank you to your volunteers, partners, and urban forest supporters with a nomination for the Urban and Community Forestry Award of Excellence from TUFC.

Awards are presented for outstanding leadership and significant educational efforts or activities. Categories include Builder/Developer, Private Professional, Tree Board, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, and Green Industry. Nominations are due July 31. NOMINATION FORM

Gatlinburg's trees need your help

Replant Gatlinburg

Your donation supports Replant Gatlinburg, TUFC's 2017 tree restoration project to restore urban trees lost in the 2016 Chimney Tops Fire. MORE

Give $50 to plant a tree

$50 buys a tree $125 starts a grove $50 plants a tree $25 cares for a tree

Thank our donors

$25: Tania Schmidt-Alpers
Book Sales: Barcly Antiques, Greg Hee, Michael Hewitt, Josh Vickery FULL LIST

Nominate a great tree

Great Tree

The 2017 search is on for Great American Trees by AmericanGrove. Submit photos of your favorite tree in the summer to win up to $500. Include species, size, and location. Deadline: August 4 Submit nomination

Urban forestry advisor course begins September 6

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of TUFC and the Memphis Botanic Garden for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy.

This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs. Lectures and field work will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of federal, state, and local agencies.

The course meets Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4.

Instructors include Eric Bridges of Overton Park Conservancy, certified arborists Wes Hopper and Jim Volgas, West Tennessee regional urban forester Shawn Posey, and Joellen Dimond from the UT-TSU Extension.

Participants who want to be certified as an Urban Forestry Advisor are required to complete 20 volunteer hours in the field of urban forestry.

Class size limited, please register early. The $85 class fee includes a handbook and dues for both the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and local chapter.

For additional information call 901-636-4128.

West chapter meets August 17

TUFC West chapter's next meeting is 1 p.m. August 17 at Memphis Botanic Garden. MORE

Card gets free money for TUFC


Raise money for TUFC every time you use your Kroger Plus shopper's card.

Kroger donated more than $50 to TUFC last quarter, earned by six families using their Kroger Plus shopper's cards.

Get a card or link your current card to Tennessee Urban Forestry Council NPO#84450 by setting up a digital account here.

$15 of every sale goes to TUFC's Replant Gatlinburg project

‘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

New, renewing TUFC members

Philip Bice
Augustus Arborist Services
The Hamilton Law Firm, Memphis


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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