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Branching Out

Program Spotlight:

Awards of Excellence

 Citizen Activist: Eartha Reeves

TUFC presents Awards of Excellence for outstanding leadership, education efforts or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee.

Award Categories include:  Builder/Developer, Citizen Activist, Government Employee, Green Industry, Media, Private Professional and Tree Board.

Accepting Applications Until July 31st – Nominate Here

Awards presented at the 2018 TUFC Conference

 New & Recertified Arboreta in

 East, Middle and West TN!

Norris Commons Arboretum

Norris Commons Arboretum

This new Level 1 arboretum is in historic Norris, TN (Anderson County) and shares the same park as a Historic Tree from the TUFC state registry.  Norris is the oldest Tree City USA in Tennessee. Read More

USN Arboretum

University School of Nashville Arboretum

This new Level 1 arboretum is intended to create opportunities for curricular connections, to support place-based learning, foster appreciation for local habitat, and encourage a love of nature.  Read More

New Hope Christian Academy Arboretum

New Hope Christian Academy Arboretum

This new Level 1 arboretum is the case of a “rescue” forest.  Read about how this school and its community worked together to transform 7 acres of invasive exotic pests into a peaceful oasis for the students at New Hope! Read More

Bell Buckle Arboretum

 Bell Buckle Park Arboretum

The Bell Buckle Arboretum has been recertified as a Level 1 arboretum with more than 40 labeled trees.  It is located in a 13 acre park in the historic town of Bell Buckle. Read More

Amazing New Volunteer Log

Reward Volunteers

Log your time today on our Connections page.

”To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Donor Spotlight: Leah Thuente

In honor of Leah’s birthday, she had people donate change (instead of birthday gifts) to help restore Gatlinburg’s trees.

She raised nearly $180!  Thank you Leah!

 Leah Thuente

Be Generous like Leah!  Donate to support the efforts of the TUFC and help us change Tennessee’s urban forests!

 Give Today!

Volunteer Spotlight

Who are you? The urban forestry legend, Bruce Webster!

How long have you served the TUFC? I have served the TUFC since its beginning in 1991.  I first served as staff with the Division of Forestry and now as a volunteer (retiree).

Why do you serve? I serve on this board in order to continue my life long interest and commitment to urban and community forestry in Tennessee and the USA.

The TUFC has created the Bruce Webster College Scholarship to award men and women entering the urban forestry field.  Consider giving a donation in Bruce’s honor to support this scholarship.

Tree Climb Sponsor Spotlight

Arbor Care

Who are you and what do you offer your clients? Arbor Care of East Tennessee, LLC is committed to providing professional quality tree care to homeowners in the Knoxville, Tennessee area by following the industry’s highest level of safety, as well as implementing proven practices promoted by nationally recognized organizations our company supports. Arbor Care of East Tennessee provides quality training and opportunities for employees to grow, improve and advance. We build long term relationships with our clients and work with homeowners in caring for their trees. We have been serving our community for over 20 years by educating homeowners, building trust, being dependable, giving excellent service at an honest price.  We specialize in the following: TREE REMOVAL, TREE TRIMMING/ PRUNING, STUMP REMOVAL, TREE INSTALLATION, INSECT AND DISEASE,  CABLING AND BRACING, PRECONSTRUCTION, CLEAN UP, and FREE TREE CARE ESTIMATES.

How many years have you sponsored the TUFC Tree Climbing Competition? Over 10 years

Why do you sponsor the TUFC?  Arbor Care of East Tennessee, LLC is committed to building long term relationships, improving professional practices / knowledge, celebrating healthy competition and promoting tree industry education to not only to the community we serve on a daily basis but to our colleagues in the community of tree care professionals both domestically and internationally. Sponsoring the TUFC tree climb competition is an excellent opportunity to support tree care industry professionals, from novice to master, to build relationships, compete or work alongside other professionals in a friendly encouraging competition, share and learn about different techniques to improve safe practices, learn how to work smarter and not harder, build a network of great industry resources that collectively lifts each one up individually and celebrates the differences in styles and techniques while improving the tree care industry as a whole.

2018 Conference

2018 Conference Title

The 27th Annual TUFC Conference will be in Nashville on October 14 – 15 at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens.  

Conference Highlights:

Sunday, October 14:

Tree Board Workshop, Tours, Dinner & Happy Hour with live music

Monday, October 15: 

Keynote Presentation will be from Mark Mann on Increasing Urban Tree Surviveability

Followed by 3 concurring sessions on topics ranging from

Tree Health and IPM, Urban Planning, Trees and the Golf Industry, Tree Appraisal, and Next gen in arboriculture

Visit our Conference Page of the Website for more information.

NOTICE:  Membership Letters with your TUFC# will be mailed soon.  Members receive a DISCOUNT for the 2018 Conference.

Join our Board of Directors

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 nominations year round. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please let us know. All board members are required to choose a committee to serve on. Committee assignments are detailed below. Self-nominations are welcomed.

Business, Conference and Tree Climb Sponsor Spotlight

Bartlett Arborist Supply


Who are you and what do you offer your clients?  We are a full-service tree and shrub care company, serving residential and commercial properties of all sizes.

How many years have you sponsored the TUFC?  This is our first year!

Why do you sponsor the TUFC? We believe strongly in the mission of the TUFC  of “promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee,” because it completely matches our own.

eLearn Urban Forestry

eLearn: Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes.

To receive a certificate of completion and/ or ISA credit for this free course. Click here. Create a login and password on this site and complete all requirements to receive a certificate and ISA credit. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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