June 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



Memphis arboretum is a new Level 3

Cooper Young

Cooper-Young Historic District is a new Level 3 arboretum with more than 100 trees. The Memphis arboretum is situated in an historic neighborhood with trees found in front yards, parks, businesses, and schools marked with stenciled leaves.

East Park in Tullahoma is now a Level 2 with 65 trees. Also, Linda T. Collins, Drummonds Park, Columbia State, La Grange Boardwalk, Riverdale Elementary, and The Mulch Company have been added to the arboreta gallery. MORE

TUFC adds Middle Tennessee tree sanctuary

Tree Sanctuary

Marty and Kristin Shaw are the owners of TUFC's newest tree sanctuary. Their Franklin property features more than 50 trees. Criteria for certification include documenting at least 10 tree species with pictures and a map. Homeowners are required to sign a healthy yard pledge requiring no topping, using a certified arborist, and proper maintenance. MORE

Gatlinburg's trees need your help

Replant Gatlinburg

TUFC sponsors Replant Gatlinburg, a statewide effort to restore urban trees lost in the 2016 Chimney Tops Fire. Your donation supports our 2017 tree restoration project. Donors can sponsor a grove, plant a tree, support tree care, or buy our book. 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 latest donors

Thomas Welborn: $100 Kristin Davis: $200 The Big Payback: Anonymous: $70, Delek: $50, Lynne Lapierre: $50, Lydia Wiggins-Azimi: $100, Alicia Street: $30, Eskind Family: $50, Metro Tree Advisory Committee: Carol Ashworth: $15, Michael Davie: $100, Dean Glascock: $100, Paul Mulloy: $10, Jennifer Smith: $75 Books: Kenneth Carr, Michael Franek, Ariel Guthery, Thomas Welborn FULL LIST

Grant proposals due June 23

Governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions can use the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program's 50/50 matching cost-share program for tree planting on public property, rights-of-way, and private non-profit land. TAEP funds can also be used for tree planting on private property within riparian areas.

The grant covers half the cost of trees and shipping, contracted planting, mulch, tree-watering bags, tree labels, and signage.

Proposals are due June 23. INFO PACK

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

Scholarship deadline June 15

TUFC's Bruce Webster Scholarship program provides $1,000 to a college student studying urban forestry.

The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident attending a Tennessee college or university, a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and enrolled in a forestry program with an urban forestry concentration.

The scholarship honors Bruce Webster, long-time Division of Forestry employee and a founder of TUFC. APPLICATION is due June 15.

West chapter meets June 15

TUFC West chapter's next meeting is 1 p.m. June 15 at Memphis Botanic Garden. MORE

Soil webinar June 21

Virginia Tech's Susan Day conducts a June 21 webinar on soil profile rebuilding and rehabilitating compacted soils at 1pm CDT. PREREGISTER

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 supporters 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
Book Cover




Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

New, renewing TUFC members

Nick Bridgeman
Ariel Guthery
Kristin Shaw
Patricia Wallace


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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