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2018-2019 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) grant funds are available.

TAEP is a 50/50 cash matching grant program for tree planting on public property, Right-Of-Ways, and Private Non-Profit land and covers half the cost of the following activities:

 Cost of the trees and shipping   Mulch
  Contracted planting   Gator Bags
  Acknowledgement sign   Tree Labels

Grant Proposals due:  Friday, June 8, 2018

For an information packet, click here:

Program Spotlight:  Centers of Excellence

TUFC’s Center of Excellence program enhances urban forestry at regional sites throughout the state.

Created in 2012, the program is designed to provide extra depth to TUFC’s outreach and education programs. Centers assist with arboretum development and certification, provide ongoing educational programs, and give citizens a local resource for arboriculture.

Memphis Botanic Garden became the first Center of Excellence in 2012. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville joined the program in 2016. A center in the eastern region of the state is under development.

Learn More about this program here.

Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum

 New Level 2 Arboretum in Gallatin

Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum Volstate

The Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum is located on the campus of Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. There are sixty-one different tree species, many of which are native to Tennessee. The Arboretum was facilitated by former CCURI instructor and Professor of Chemistry, Parris Foster Powers. The goal of this arboretum is to inspire lifelong learning, promote biodiversity, and strengthen the community. Vol State’s Arboreta was paid for by the Tennessee Environmental Council and Vol State’s Sustainability Committee.  For more information contact Professor Keith Bell: 615-452-8600

Article in the Tennessean

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.

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.

 May Webinars

Business and Conference Sponsor Spotlight

Memphis Botanic Garden

Who are you and what do you offer your clients?Memphis Botanic Garden. We are a 96 acre oasis in the heart of Memphis with a goal of connecting people with nature and their environment. We have 31 specialty gardens and lots of educational opportunities. We are a level 4 arboretum, Conifer Reference Garden, and the COE for West Tennessee.

How many years have you sponsored the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council?  14 years

Why do you sponsor the TUFC? We fully believe in the purpose of TUFC and feel privileged to be a part of the programs it offers.

Who Is

Doing Amazing Professsional Work or Volunteer Work Associated with Promoting, Protecting or Advocating for
Urban Forests?

We Need to Know!

Nominate them today for an Award of Excellence

Volunteer Spotlight

 Jan Castillo MBG Woodland

Who are you? Jan Castillo

At a Memphis Area Master Gardener’s meeting, Jim Volgas introduced Jan Castillo to urban forestry and encouraged her to join the West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.  Through the chapter, Jan met the many brilliant and dedicated members committed to TUFC’s mission, “promoting healthy and sustainable community forests in Tennessee.”  Serving four presidents as chapter secretary, she learned a great deal about the organization.  She has worked on the board, and budget committee.  She now serves as volunteer coordinator, website manager, planning committee chair for chapter projects including UFA (Volunteer Urban Forestry Advisor) classes, and is on the membership committee. Read More Below

New and Returning Members:


Eastern Red Cedar Partner:

Bartlett Tree Experts

Dogwood Partner: 

Village Trees, LLC.

Michael Davie Neil Letson 
Chase Giebner  Professional Member
Travis Morgan De’Etra Young

 Thank you!

Save the Date

The 27th Annual TUFC Conference will be in Nashville on

October 14 – 15 at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.

Note that this year’s Conference will be on Sunday and Monday.  Visit our Conference Page of the Website for more information as it becomes available.

Amazing New Volunteer Log

Reward Volunteers

Log your time today!

Jan Castillo continued…

In 2010, she received the TUFC Award of Excellence for Citizen Activist. Paying it forward, she has submitted nominations for many TUFC Award of Excellence winners from west Tennessee. In addition to chapter positions, she is a volunteer for the TUFC Center of Excellence’s Tree Team housed at Memphis Botanic Garden. For several years she was secretary for the Memphis Tree City USA ad hoc Committee. In 2013, she was appointed to the first Memphis Tree Board (City of Memphis Parks & Neighborhood Division) where she has held the  position of secretary. Memphis has been a Tree City USA for five years now.  She subscribes to the Cherokee belief that trees are the givers to the earth acting as providers for humankind and are to be valued and protected.

”He who plants a tree loves others besides himself.”

-English proverb

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!

Tree Climb Sponsor Spotlight


Who are you and what do you offer your clients? 
Davey Tree is a 100% employees owned company, with over 9000 employees working in the United States and Canada.  Davey has Residential Tree Care offices in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville.  We also have a Utility Line Clearance division and a Consulting division working throughout Tennessee.  In Nashville we help manage trees on residential and commercial properties.  A partial list of Davey Nashville’s services include tree and shrub pruning, tree removals, stump grinding, plant heath care, tree planting, tree risk assessment, tree inventories, tree preservation, arboriculture management plans, and lawn health care.

How many years have you sponsored the TUFC Tree Climbing Competition?  Since 2007

Why do you sponsor the TUFC?  Davey Nashville sponsors the TUFC so the organization will continue to promote professionalism within the arboriculture industry in Tennessee.  We also rely on the TUFC to offer regional learning opportunities for our industry through workshops and the Tennessee Tree Climbing Competition.  The TUFC is the one place in our state where anybody working with urban trees can interact in a professional environment to better themselves and contribute to the long-term sustainability of Tennessee’s urban forests.

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