October 2015 Issue
Memphis hosts 24th urban forestry conference
Urban Forestry enthusiasts went walking in Memphis at TUFC’s 24th annual urban forestry conference October 1-2. Photos
More than 100 attendees heard from keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Luley, toured Memphis tree sites, learned about tree boards and tree canopy, and participated in a number of arborist-related demonstrations and discussions.
The Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence were presented to Weida Ringley, Citizen Activist; Jeff Fitzpatrick, Utility Forester; Janet P. Hooks, Government Employee; and Rogersville, Tree Board of the Year. The President's Award went to Bob Meoak.
Four trees were added to the Landmark, Historic, and Heritage Tree Registry: the Meigs Line Oaks of Blount County, the Carriage Drive Cedars of the Hermitage, the Battle of Franklin Osage Orange of Carnton Plantation, and the John Shanks White Oak of Jonesborough.
The Tennessee Tree Climb was held October 3.
TUFC certifies three arboreta
University of Memphis Lambuth in Jackson, Glenview Park in Memphis, and Tusculum College in Greeneville are new TUFC arboreta.
Unversity of Memphis Lambuth, a Level 2 arboretum, showcases more than 60 native trees on 50 acres. Southern red oaks, northern white cedar, willow oaks, and littleleaf lindens are some of the species planted by faculty, staff and students.
Glenview Arboretum is a Level 1 with 38 trees across 24.5 acres. Established in 1943, the park and neighborhood is the fourth predominately African-American neighborhood to receive National Register Historic Preservation Status in Memphis.
The Level 1 Tusculum College Arboretum was established to educate students and visitors about local native trees. It features a self-guided walking trail highlighted by the Old Oak. The giant white oak is recognized as a TUFC Landmark Tree. TUFC arboreta
Area forester Tom Simpson presents Appalachian Electric Cooperative vice president with the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Line USA recognition of industry best practices.
Tree ID course draws 20+
More than 20 West Tennessee chapter members attended the UFA Advanced Tree ID Workshop September 10-11 in Memphis. Eric Bridges, Joellen Dimon, Wes Hopper, and Sean Posey taught the course.
Emerald ash borer update
• Evidence shows the white fringetree, a close relative of the ash, may be under attack by the ash borer. More
• Additional ash borers have been caught in one trap in Davidson County but no other populations have been detected yet.
• Counties added to quarantine in 2015: Bledsoe, Cumberland, Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale, and Williamson
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‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees
- Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
- More than 150 images including 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees
and sustainable urban
and community forests
Emerald ash borer update
- 45 counties including Davidson are now under state/federal quarantine. Map
- EAB cannot be contained, and all ash species are at risk of dying.
- Significant 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.