Tennessee Arboretum Certification Program

Program Mission:
To develop  a network of arboreta across Tennessee that are well-maintained, open to the public and proactively utilized  for experiential education about trees and the important role they play in communities.

Program Vision:
To have a TUFC certified arboretum that is within a 30-minute drive of every Tennessee community. 

 

 

Annual Program Calendar

Tree Lists: Accepted Anytime
Applications Processed: March-August
Inspections: April-September
(Into October at Regional Liaison’s Discretion)

If you have questions, please contact
[email protected] or 615-638-8027 anytime.

TUFC Arboreta Certification Levels and Criteria

Level 1

  • 30 – 59 distinct tree species labeled with scientific and common name

  • Map of tree locations available to public (encouraged)

  • Certification = $175

  • Recertification = $125

     

    Level 2

    • 60 – 89 distinct tree species labeled with scientific and common name

    • Map of tree locations available to the public (required)

    • Certification = $250

    • Recertification = $200

      Level 3

      • 90 – 119 distinct tree species labeled with scientific and common name

      • Map of tree locations available to the public (required)

      • Staff or volunteers are available for tours

      • Certification = $350

      • Recertification = $300

           

          Level 4

          • 120 or more distinct tree species labeled with scientific and common name

          • Map of tree locations available to the public (required)

          • Staff or volunteers are available for tours

          • Publication of an educational newsletter at least twice a year

          • Certification = $450

          • Recertification = $400

                 

                TUFC Arboretum Certification Process

                1. Learn about program and verify ability to meet certification requirements.

                2. Identify trees and develop a list that includes both the common and scientific name of the identified species to be included in the arboretum application. As of 2021, the TUFC is no longer including certain invasive species in the tree count. You can link to the list of these exclusions in the sidebar at the top left of this page.

                3. Submit list to [email protected] & [email protected] for approval.

                4. Once list is approved, receive and complete application. Please don’t order tree tags until your list is approved.

                5. Prepare for inspection.

                6. Inspection completed. This results in certification or recommendations to meet requirements.

                6. Once certification is approved, the sign is ordered and delivered for installation.