November 2014 Issue
TUFC's new scholarship program provides $1,000 over two semesters to a college student studying urban forestry. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident attending a Tennessee college or university, a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and enrolled in a forestry program with an urban forestry concentration.
The scholarship honors Bruce Webster, the long-time Division of Forestry employee, one of the founders of TUFC. Application
Two sites designated TUFC arboretaOld Gray Cemetery in Knoxville and St. George Independent School in Collierville have been added to the list of Level 1 arboreta. The 1850-era cemetery has more than 40 labeled species and features unique identification stones. St. George's, located on 250 acres next to the Wolf River, has 33 labeled trees and was designed by the school's students. TUFC arboreta
West chapter meets December 18
The next meeting of the West Tennessee chapter of TUFC meets Thursday, December 18, at Memphis Botanic Garden at 1pm. The Strategic Planning Committee meets November 5 at 1:30pm at MBG.
Eric Bridges demonstrates tree measuring at the recent urban forester advisor class sponsored by the West chapter.
Learn permaculture in Clarksville November 8
The Preparedness Council of Tennessee presents a lecture and hands-on demonstration about creating sustainable agriculture, gardens, farms, and self-maintained habitats. Learn to create natural ecosystems in your own backyard from 10am to 2pm November 8. Cost is $10, and registration deadline is November 5. More
Signal Mountain celebrates fall Arbor Day
Signal Mountain celebrated fall Arbor Day with a tree planting and a poetry contest. Here is the fifth-grade class of Signal Mountain Christian School just before planting redbuds in front of their new academic building.
Davidson County forms
emerald ash borer taskforce
As Davidson became the 39th Tennessee county quarantined for emerald ash borer, Metro Nashville created a taskforce to address education and mitigation issues.
Metro horticulturalist Jennifer Smith convened a meeting of federal, state, and local officials, professional arborists, and nonprofit representatives, led by the Division of Forestry's Heather Slayton.
The taskforce says that emerald ash borer cannot be contained, and all ash species are at risk of dying. Significant ash trees can sometimes be saved with permanent chemical treatments, if diagnosed early. The most important way to slow the spread of EAB is to stop moving firewood.
Vanderbilt University in Nashville introduces a website featuring its extensive campus arboretum. The site includes an arboretum blog as well as links to two self-guiding tree tours for mobile devices. More
Commercial Horticultural Expo opens November 18 in Memphis
A two-day conference at the Agri-Center in Memphis focuses on tree failure, pruning practices, disease-resistant trees, common diseases for plants and lawns, and using herbicides. Pesticide and ISA points are available. Schedule, registration
Two webinars focus on
tree boards, ordinances
North Carolina Urban Forestry Council presents two webinars for municipal tree advocates: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Tree Boards November 18 and Tree Care Ordinances December 16. Oregon State College of Forestry instructor Paul Ries speaks on tree boards, and Pete Smith of the Arbor Day Foundation talks about tree ordinances. Both webinars are 11am to noon Eastern. Register here
and sustainable urban
and community forests