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Branching Out

New Program Highlight:

Business Arboretum

In an effort to expand our arboreta program to include more businesses, we have created a new program that is aimed at giving businesses more exposure for their green initiatives while supporting the TUFC efforts statewide.

The Business Arboretum Program requirements, information and application can be found here:

Benefits of becoming a Business Arboretum:

Newsletter Recognition

Arboretum Listing on Website for 3 years

Arboretum Sign

Program Support for Statewide Effort

Arboreta Sponsorship Opportunities

Business Arboretum Button

Accepting Applications Now

through April 15th for the

2018 Bruce Webster College Scholarship

Click Here for more information

Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Arboretum Recertifies and Levels Up

Ivan Racheff Home

 Ivan Racheff House and Gardens, the State Headquarters and property of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, is surrounded by three acres of gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee. This public space, bequeathed to TFGC in 1970, embodies former owner Mr. Racheff’s dream of harmonizing nature and industry. Standing in contrast to the nearby steel mill, the garden features a looping path with flowering shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, and ferns that invites nature-lovers to share in Mr. Racheff’s vision. A Children’s Garden, a Pink Garden (for breast cancer survivor’s and fighters), and a Water Garden are some of the treasures you will find onsite. The gardens are open to the public February 15 to December 15, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM and for special events.  website:

More about our statewide arboreta program!

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, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

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.

eLearn March Webinars

Webinar Portal

Planning and timing are critical for saving your urban ash forest from EAB 

EAB Webinar

 If you have any questions about EAB or TN resources, please contact Heather Slayton at [email protected] 

American Grove

Join the American Grove

Want to Connect with Like Minded People that love Trees?

The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation.

The Grove Plant Your Legacy

See the 2017 Great American Tree Contest Winner :

A TUFC member submitted the Pentz Pecan from Sommerville, TN featured here and on our website

We Need Your Support

Please Make a Donation to the TUFC Today!

Click Here to Help!

 Welcome to the New and Returning

2018 TUFC Board of Directors

Sharon Jean-Philippe Michael Davie
Scott Woods Neil Letson
SECRETARY Josiah Lockard
Joellen Dimond Jaime Nunan
TREASURER David Vandergriff
Tom Butler Bruce Webster
PAST PRESIDENT Scott Winningham
Kathrine Killebrew De’Etra Young
David Cook Chaz Griffith
Vicki Turner Lydia Wiggins  

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.   If you would like to place an Urban Forestry Related Ad in our newsletter or have information that would be relevant to our members, please contact Jill Smith by email at [email protected] .

New Mobile-Friendly TUFC Website

Volunteer Spotlight

Who are you? Joellen Dimond, Horticultural Extension Agent in Tipton County Tennessee. Secretary on the State Board of TUFC and past president of the West TN Chapter.

How long have you served the TUFC? I have been a member of TUFC through work since the organization began.

Why do you serve? I have liked working with trees since my college days in Tree ID class at the University of Illinois.  It is a pleasure to educate citizens on trees.

Amazing New Volunteer Log

Reward Volunteers

Log your time so we can win money for TUFC!

Reward Volunteers is a free easy way to record the time you spend volunteering for the TUFC or the West TUFC. When you log time, and elect to share activity via Facebook you become eligible to win prizes like vacations, gift cards, gift baskets, or a cash prize for the TUFC.  The more time logged, the more chances to win one of the major prizes awarded each month.

TUFC Friends – This tool is available from our website on our new Connections page.  By clicking on the Are you a Volunteer? button, a log in portal will appear.  You can create a log in account using your email address or facebook account.  You will easily be able to log your hours within seconds.  Make sure to log in within 6 days of the volunteered time.  Then TUFC will receive monthly reports of everyone’s time!

Tree Climb Sponsor Spotlight

Arbor Barber

Who are you and what do you offer your clients? My name is Coty Thieme, proud owner of Arbor Barber Tree Specialist.  We have been in business since the beginning of 2017. We proudly offer our clients the following: tree preservation, structure pruning, many types of cabling to suit the needs of each situation, lateral pruning for building clearance, tree planting and planning, and hazardous tree removal.

How many years have you sponsored the TUFC Tree Climbing Competition? Arbor Barber Tree Specialist started sponsoring the TUFC in 2017 and plan on being a proud sponsor for several more years to come.

Why do you sponsor the TUFC? We sponsor the TUFC because we believe that it is helping the new local climbers not only learn but want to learn how to do their everyday job as safe as possible.  It is amazing to get all of the guys in the industry together, that are close enough to come, and create an opportunity for them to test their skills up against some of the best in the industry.  Supporting and participating in this event, with a huge group of guys and girls who share the same goals in the industry is indescribable.
Contact Arbor Barber: Cell 615-354-4430 Office 615-644-0064

The Professional Amenity Plant Appraisal Handbook

by Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA

The Professional Amenity Plant Appraisal Handbook

 Visit for more information.

10% of all book sales will benefit TUFC! 

Thank you Marty!

Business and Conference Sponsor Spotlight

Airtech Tools

 About Airtech Tools Ground Breaking Tools

Airtech Tools is serving North America as a distributor and manufacture of specialty agricultural equipment. Our mission is simple – to provide the best quality products, fully supported by unparalleled parts and service, in a timely and beneficial manner to you.

We are proud to represent MTM as their sole U.S. distributor. For almost two decades MTM has been the world leader in the development and production of pneumatic digging and speciality equipment.  Airtech Tools also designs and builds decompaction/feeding  systems around the MTM TTA-WD Power Head.  These systems are designed for Landscapers, Golf Courses, arborist, Land Management Companies, or anyone working with soil and roots.

Airtech Tools and MTM equipment has set the highest industry standards. Our reputation for tough, durable equipment is unsurpassed. You can depend on Airtech Tools for your equipment and system needs.

We have supported the TUFC for approximately 6 years.

Contact info:, 865-250-4646

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.

2018 TUFC Members

Jan Castillo
Deborah Foehring
Russell Marsh
Judi Shellabarger
Bruce Webster

Yellow Poplar Sponsor – Natural Creations
Matt Dawson
Andrew Bell
John Henderson
Paul Ballenger
Adam Marrale
Nick Wilson
Richard Tucker

”To plant trees is to give body and life to one’s dreams of a better world.”

-Russell Page

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