May 2017 Issue

Branching Out
Urban Forestry Conference October 5-6 in Knoxville

Register now for forestry conference

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. Don’t miss:

• WORKSHOPS on tree boards and tree selection

• KEYNOTE on the future of urban forestry from Paul Ries

• 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

Early deadline May 31



*Register by May 31—save $30!

Tennessee Residence celebrates Level 2 arboretum

Tennessee Residence

The arboretum at the official governor's home was celebrated at a special ceremony April 28 hosted by Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam. VIDEO

After remarks from the First Lady, state forester Jere Jeter, TUFC president Kathrine Killebrew, and arboretum coordinator Jill Smith, the presentation of the arboretum sign, and a ribbon cutting, guests enjoyed a reception and tour of the 10-acre grounds and its 177 trees. MORE

Honor your favorite tree lovers with a nomination for TUFC Award of Excellence

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, educational efforts or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in the state.

Categories include Builder/Developer, Private Professional, Tree Board, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, and Green Industry. Nominations are due July 15. NOMINATION FORM

TUFC adds, recertifies arboreta across the state

Mabry-HazenUT GardensLouise Pearson

Knoxville's Mabry-Hazen House sits atop Mabry's Hill, a new Level 1 arboretum with 33 trees.

UT Gardens is a Level 3 arboretum in Jackson at the West Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center with about 100 specimens.

In Alamo, the Louise Pearson Arboretum is a recertified Level 3. The memorial arboretum was established in 2001 by Bells Garden Club and has about 100 labeled trees. TUFC ARBORETA

Forestry scholarship aids state student

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


Enter champions by May 15

Nominations for the national register of champion trees are due May 25. Before submitting your entries, make sure to download the Measuring Handbook. And be sure to include photos of the candidate tree when you nominate it. The 2017 register will be announced in July. ENTRY FORM

The Big Payback proceeds support Replant Gatlinburg

Big Payback

TUFC takes part in the Community Foundation's The Big Payback for the first time May 3 when the community-wide giving day kicks off at midnight to raise much-needed funds for the organization. Since 2014 the program has raised nearly $7 million. Watch your email for ways to participate and help save Tennessee's trees.

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 donors

$500 Nashville Corvette Club $150+ Francis E. "Frank" Gebhart Memorial, Lisa Lemza $100+ Jewell Ward and Jim Brooks, Ridgetop Marketing, Trees Nashville/TUFC Middle TN $50 Chris Armour, Martin Brown, Sonya Hardin, Janice Oliver, Frances Peebles, Nancy Skinner, Michael Tucker Tree Care/Book Sale Vivian Austin, Big East Fork Lodging, Brentwood Tree Board, David Bullion, Sonya Erickson, Debra Lutz, Angela Panvini, Mark Paris, Blair Parker, Cathryn Perdue, Kim Schaefer, James Thomas, Timberline Tree Clients (14), Joe Walker

Webinar on compacted soils

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

$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

TUFC Events

May 3 The Big Payback Fundraiser
May 15 Champion Tree Nomination Deadline MORE
May 20 Urban Gardening Festival TUFC Booth, Ellington Ag Center, Nashville, 9am
June 10-13 Tennessee Municipal League TUFC Booth Murfreesboro
June 15 West Tennessee Chapter meeting, Memphis Botanic Garden, 1pm
July 20 TUFC Board Meeting Ellington Ag Center, Holman building, 10am
October 5-6 TUFC Annual Conference Knoxville

New, renewing TUFC members

Dement Tree Service
Petree Arbor Lawn & Landscape
Brentwood Tree Board
Historic Elmwood Cemetery
Jamie Acor
Linda Black-Howe
Lisa Catlett
Jimmy Connor
Barbara Culbreath
Susan Davis
David Evans
Cindy Forman
Maricela Gaitor
Sarah Goralewski
David Grisham
Debbie Griste-Evans
Kristina Hindman
Wes Hopper
Danny Jones
Mary Ann Lewis
Elsa Powell
Ganelle Roberts-Ballard
Marcelle Saunders
Mike Simpson
Lynda Spinolo
Karen Weatherly
David Wilcox
Bryant Williams


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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