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Arboreta Program Highlight
Tennessee is one of only three states that offer a certification program for arboreta. Currently there are 93 certified arboreta in Tennessee with collections of 30 to over 200 distinct tree species at their location. To build an arboretum in your community, review the application for more information. If you would like to assist a community arboretum become certified or recertified, please consider giving a donation.
Deerwood Arboretum recertified as a Level 2
An Arboretum since 2002, this Brentwood city park is located on a 27-acre site that borders the Little Harpeth River. This location has over 60 trees along paved and unpaved walking trails.
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly recertified as a Level 1
This historic 385 acre site in Monteagle was established in 1882 as part of an outgrowth of the Chautauqua movement. This beautiful retreat has been an arboretum since 2012 and serves as a respite for its visitors and the students at University of the South.
Sycamore Shoals Historic State Park has recertified
Elizabethton’s Sycamore Shoals State Park was recently highlighted in an article by the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine for being a TUFC Level 2 certified arboretum! This park serves visitors from all over the nation and from many international countries, as well as its community 4-H, FFA and other youth groups.
TUFC Launches a New Website!
We hope that you love the new look and are able to easily find the resources and pages that you need. We will be adding more information and pages over the coming months. If you find something that is missing or that needs some fine tuning, please contact Jill Smith by email at [email protected] so that we can make the appropriate adjustments.
We Need Board Members!
The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) is deeply rooted in promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests which contribute to clean air and water, economic stability, and beautiful green places in which all Tennesseans and future generations will love, work and play. To continue to promote these efforts the TUFC is accepting board positions to fill 5 seats. All board members are required to choose a committee to serve on. Committee assignments are detailed below. Self-nominations are welcomed.
Who are you? Sharon Jean-Philippe is an Associate Professor of Urban Forestry in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee (UTK) in Knoxville, TN. She received a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee State University (2002), M.S. in Botany (2005) and Ph.D. in Natural Resources (2010) from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Jean-Philippe has been the undergraduate advisor for urban forestry students and has taught several courses within the urban forestry concentration for the last 7 years.
How long have you served the TUFC? I have been a part of the TUFC since 2010, but have served on the board since 2014. This year I have taken on the role as TUFC Board President.
Why do you serve? It would be difficult these days to find someone who does not appreciate what trees do for our existence on this planet. I serve to promote the concepts of green infrastructure, environmental quality and greener cities to help increase the awareness of the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of a healthy urban forest.
New & Renewing Members!
|Airtech Tools||Nicholas Herron|
|Haller’s Landscaping and Lawncare||Sally Ross|
|Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation|
|Sam Adams||Landon Mills|
|Dale Amstutz||Flo Moore|
|Dane Andersen||Marta Morgan|
|Marty Baker||Connor Moss|
|Ava Baldwin||Nancy Murphy|
|Rhonda Bogard||Jaime Nunan|
|Zachary Bonham||Mary Pemberton|
|Micah Breedlove||Carmen Pendergrass|
|Joanna Brichetto||Tom Perry|
|Paul Buchignani||Brad Petree|
|Ed & Suzanne Buck||Mary Pogge|
|Jodi Jacobs||Kelly Porter|
|Lewis Bausell||Andrew Pulte|
|Joellen Dimond||Toni Rodgers|
|Elizabeth Doss||Jean Rogers|
|Janet Dowlen||Nicholas Romito|
|Anna Duncan||Jim Rouhan|
|David Dunn||Beth Rowlett|
|Rachel Eatherly||Brian Rucker|
|Mark Follis||Gina Ruff|
|Geri Franske||Vera Schabicki|
|Thomas Garner||Jamie Schimenti|
|Steve Garrett||Andrew Schneider|
|Jamie Graves||Diane Sesler|
|Chaz Griffith||Marty Shaw|
|C.J. Hall||Nicholas St. Sauveur|
|Seth Harrison||Kevin Stewart|
|Dan Hartman||John Thomason|
|Michael Harvey||Karen Tomlinson|
|Skip Heibert||Vicki Turner|
|Richard Hitt||Sharon Jean-Philippe|
|Kevin Hoyt||David Vandergriff|
|Dolores Hurst||Carol Walenga|
|Gene Hyde||Diane Warwick|
|Jere Jeter||Daniel Weaver|
|Kevin Key||Diane Weaver|
|Kathrine Killebrew||Thomas Welborn|
|Kasey Krouse||Chuck Whited|
|Josiah Lockard||Lydia Wiggins|
|Russell Marsh||Christy Williams|
|Michele Mazzu||Tom Wolf|
|Katherine McBride||Scott Woods|
|Deborah McNeill||Mason Young|
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