May 2017 Issue
Register now for forestry conference
The October 5–6 urban forestry conference in Knoxville will help you find the right tools and learn innovative techniques to do your job. Discover best practices from the experts and share your successes with your peers. Don’t miss:
• WORKSHOPS on tree boards and tree selection
• KEYNOTE on the future of urban forestry from Paul Ries
• CROWN TO ROOTS TRACK with tree biology, urban soils, low-impact design, and green infrastructure
• BUSINESS TRACK focusing on forestry careers, landscaping, and utility arboriculture SCHEDULE
Early deadline May 31
FRIDAY CONFERENCE $110*
THURSDAY WORKSHOP $40
*Register by May 31—save $30!
Tennessee Residence celebrates Level 2 arboretum
The arboretum at the official governor's home was celebrated at a special ceremony April 28 hosted by Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam. VIDEO
After remarks from the First Lady, state forester Jere Jeter, TUFC president Kathrine Killebrew, and arboretum coordinator Jill Smith, the presentation of the arboretum sign, and a ribbon cutting, guests enjoyed a reception and tour of the 10-acre grounds and its 177 trees. MORE
Honor your favorite tree lovers with a nomination for TUFC Award of Excellence
Give a special thank you to your volunteers, partners, and urban forest supporters with a nomination for the Urban and Community Forestry Award of Excellence from TUFC.
Awards are presented for outstanding leadership, educational efforts or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in the state.
Categories include Builder/Developer, Private Professional, Tree Board, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, and Green Industry. Nominations are due July 15. NOMINATION FORM
TUFC adds, recertifies arboreta across the state
Knoxville's Mabry-Hazen House sits atop Mabry's Hill, a new Level 1 arboretum with 33 trees.
UT Gardens is a Level 3 arboretum in Jackson at the West Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center with about 100 specimens.
In Alamo, the Louise Pearson Arboretum is a recertified Level 3. The memorial arboretum was established in 2001 by Bells Garden Club and has about 100 labeled trees. TUFC ARBORETA
Forestry scholarship aids state student
TUFC's Bruce Webster Scholarship program provides $1,000 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, long-time Division of Forestry employee and a founder of TUFC. APPLICATION is due June 15.
West chapter meets June 15
TUFC West chapter's next meeting is 1 p.m. June 15 at Memphis Botanic Garden. MORE
Enter champions by May 15
Nominations for the national register of champion trees are due May 25. Before submitting your entries, make sure to download the Measuring Handbook. And be sure to include photos of the candidate tree when you nominate it. The 2017 register will be announced in July. ENTRY FORM
The Big Payback proceeds support Replant Gatlinburg
TUFC takes part in the Community Foundation's The Big Payback for the first time May 3 when the community-wide giving day kicks off at midnight to raise much-needed funds for the organization. Since 2014 the program has raised nearly $7 million. Watch your email for ways to participate and help save Tennessee's trees.
Gatlinburg's trees need your help
TUFC sponsors Replant Gatlinburg, a statewide effort to restore urban trees lost in the 2016 Chimney Tops Fire. Your donation supports our 2017 tree restoration project. Donors can sponsor a grove, plant a tree, support tree care, or buy our book. MORE
Give $50 to plant a tree$125 starts a grove $50 plants a tree $25 cares for a tree
Thank our donors$500 Nashville Corvette Club $150+ Francis E. "Frank" Gebhart Memorial, Lisa Lemza $100+ Jewell Ward and Jim Brooks, Ridgetop Marketing, Trees Nashville/TUFC Middle TN $50 Chris Armour, Martin Brown, Sonya Hardin, Janice Oliver, Frances Peebles, Nancy Skinner, Michael Tucker Tree Care/Book Sale Vivian Austin, Big East Fork Lodging, Brentwood Tree Board, David Bullion, Sonya Erickson, Debra Lutz, Angela Panvini, Mark Paris, Blair Parker, Cathryn Perdue, Kim Schaefer, James Thomas, Timberline Tree Clients (14), Joe Walker
Webinar on compacted soils
Virginia Tech's Susan Day conducts a June 21 webinar on soil profile rebuilding and rehabilitating compacted soils at 1pm CDT. PREREGISTER
and sustainable urban
and community forests
TUFC EventsMay 3 The Big Payback Fundraiser
May 15 Champion Tree Nomination Deadline MORE
May 20 Urban Gardening Festival TUFC Booth, Ellington Ag Center, Nashville, 9am
June 10-13 Tennessee Municipal League TUFC Booth Murfreesboro
June 15 West Tennessee Chapter meeting, Memphis Botanic Garden, 1pm
July 20 TUFC Board Meeting Ellington Ag Center, Holman building, 10am
October 5-6 TUFC Annual Conference Knoxville
New, renewing TUFC members
- Dement Tree Service
- Petree Arbor Lawn & Landscape
- Brentwood Tree Board
- Historic Elmwood Cemetery
- Jamie Acor
- Linda Black-Howe
- Lisa Catlett
- Jimmy Connor
- Barbara Culbreath
- Susan Davis
- David Evans
- Cindy Forman
- Maricela Gaitor
- Sarah Goralewski
- David Grisham
- Debbie Griste-Evans
- Kristina Hindman
- Wes Hopper
- Danny Jones
- Mary Ann Lewis
- Elsa Powell
- Ganelle Roberts-Ballard
- Marcelle Saunders
- Mike Simpson
- Lynda Spinolo
- Karen Weatherly
- David Wilcox
- Bryant Williams
Make your home a tree sanctuary
You can now designate your property as a tree sanctuary with TUFC’s new program for residences. MORE
Emerald ash borer update
- 59 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.