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Branching Out

27th Annual TUFC Conference

2018 Conference Title

Nashville, TN

October 14 – 15



An Unique Look at “Behind the Scenes” at Opryland Hotel.

Learn how the large diverse tree community under roof is managed and protected to ensure an amazing experience for all that visit.

Gaylord Opryland

Tree Walk, Tree Talk: A tour through Nashville’s most diverse collection of trees.

This informative tour will give participants a firsthand look of Cheekwood’s rich history and diverse plant collections throughout the 55 acre estate. There will be discussion on Cheekwood’s integrated pest management strategy for issues such as Emerald Ash Borer and Boxwood Blight, and how Cheekwood is serving as a leading authority for public outreach and education as a TUFC Center of Excellence.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden

Visit our Conference Page to see the full agenda!

Pesticide Points, CEUs & Networking Galore!

Hoping to see you in Nashville

for the 27th annual TUFC conference!

 Recertified Arboretum in

West TN!

Recertified Level 1 – Peterson Lake Nature Center, Collierville

Peterson Lake Nature Center Arboretum

Learn more about this arboretum  Click Here

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.

27 Days Until Conference

Space is Limited to 300

Register Today

Volunteer Spotlight

Who are you? I am Josiah Lockard, I’ve been an arborist for more than 20 years, a horticulturist, landscape designer, mid-western farmer, scientist and life long student of the environment. I am currently owner / principal of Josiah Lockard & Associates, a multi-disciplaned firm engaging in projects throughout Tennessee, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Uganda, and New Zealand. To summarize my work, would be to say we create synergies between people and nature.

How long have you served the TUFC? I was first introduced to the TUFC when I moved to Nashville 15 years ago. I started as competitor in the Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship, which led to volunteering, and eventually becoming TUFC president in 2014. I have served on the board and numerous committees ever since. I am currently serving as both consulting arborist and TUFC ambassador to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, a level 4 arboretum and TUFC Center of Excellence. Looking forward, I plan on continuing to serve and implement the TUFC’s mission of promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee.

Why do you serve? I serve because I want my great grandchildren to inherit a world abundant with trees, clean air, clean water, and full of wildlife. There is nothing better than getting to live out your passions while working along side a group of like-minded people united toward the same goals. I have made life-long friends, planted, preserved, and promoted trees in all 95 counties in Tennessee, and I’m just getting started.

Thank you

to our New and Returning Members!

Professional Members:

Thomas Brashear

Mikel Cleere

David Cook

David Fulgham

Dean Glascock

Ralph Graham

Monty Hawkins

Charles Holloway

Dakota Meeks

Kevin Smith

Steve Springer

Anthony Viglietti

Non-Professional Members:

Ron Arnett

Johnnie Arnett

Rebecca DePriest

Hilary Gallegos

Erin Kiney

Mark Magone

Patricia Miller

Eartha Reaves

Ganelle Roberts-Ballard

Joe and Danna Walker

Program Spotlight:

Board Member

We are looking for a few good men and women that are willing to serve on the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Board of Directors!  We have a lot of exciting programs and events coming up.  We’d love for you to consider working to help us build a better Tennessee through the efforts of the TUFC and our partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry.

Review the application and committees here:

Learn more about who we are here:

New Board Positions start at the TUFC conference – October 14, 2018.

Open Board Seats:

3 – 3 year (full term), 1 – 2 year (mid term)

Any questions?  contact Jill Smith at [email protected] or 615-638-8027

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.

New Webpage for YOU!

 Do you notice beautiful trees?  Do you like to take pictures of trees?  Do you want to share what you have seen with our members?  Then the “Share a Tree” page is for you!

 View Trees AND Share Trees Here



“Silent Auction”

Enough Said

Amazing New Volunteer Log

Reward Volunteers

Log your time today on our Connections page.

”The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson