About Us

 

TUFC is a nonprofit organization supported by members including of businesses, groups, and individuals with an interest in urban forestry.

The Council was formed in 1991 with Chattanooga urban forester Gene Hyde as president. Learn the history of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council below.

Governed by a board of directors, the Council supports the West Tennessee Chapter, founded in 2004.

Read the Bylaws. Financial statement available upon request.

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Sharon Jean-Philippe
VICE PRESIDENT
Scott Woods
SECRETARY
Joellen Dimond
TREASURER

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Kathrine Killebrew

CURRENT BOARD
Amy Dismukes
Josiah Lockard
Vicki Turner
Bruce Webster

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jill Smith

ONE-YEAR APPOINTMENTS
David Cook
Chaz Griffith
Lydia Wiggins

West Tennessee Chapter
Paul Buchignani, President
Judi Shellabarger, Vice President
Wes Hopper, Treasurer
Debbie Griste-Evans, Secretary
Board: 

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View Past Presidents
2017: Kathrine Killebrew, City Forester, Clarksville
2016: De’Etra Young, Tennessee State University, Nashville
2015: Scott Johnson, Davey Tree, Nashville
2014: Josiah Lockard, Josiah Lockard & Associates, Nashville
2013: Karla Kean, U.S. Extension Agent, Clarksville
2012: Patrick Haller, Haller’s Landscaping, Sparta
2011: Zack French,Tree Solution Consulting Services
2010: Heather Langford, SSRCx, Nashville
2009: Karla Kean, U.S. Extension Agent, Clarksville
2008: Patrick Walding, City Forester, Johnson City
2007: Patrick Haller, Haller’s Landscaping, Sparta
2006: Patrick Haller, Horticulturist, City of McMinnville, Quality Trees, Sparta
2005: Sam Adams, General Manager, Cortese Tree Specialists, Knoxville
2004: Michael Bouton, City Arborist, City of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro
2003: Dottie Mann, Private Citizen, Past Tree Board President, Clarksville
2002: Marty Shaw, President, Tree Injection Products Company, Knoxville
2001: David Vandergriff, County Agent, UT Extension Service, Maynardville
2000: Cynthia Holloway, City Horticulturist, Murfreesboro
1999: Bill Wyatt, County Agent, UT Extension Service, Jackson
1998: Kim Cross, Private Arborist, Southern Tree Specialists, Brentwood
1997: Brett Smith, Landscape Architect, Regan Smith & Associates, Nashville
1996: Shawn Bible, Metro Beautification/Dept. of Transportation, Nashville
1995: Dr. Alva Pendergrass, Retired Army Colonel, Martin
1994: Janet Bunch, Landscape Design Services, City Horticulturist, Seymore
1993: Jim Cortese, Cortese Tree Specialists, Knoxville
1992: Guy Zimmerman, Area Forester, Tenn. Division of Forestry, Cookeville
1991: Gene Hyde, City Forester, Chattanooga

History of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

The first urban forestry council in Tennessee met on February 14, 1991, at 10 a.m. at the main conference room of the Department of Conservation, 701 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee. The urban forestry section of the Tennessee Division of Forestry organized the meeting.

Individuals present to form this council were Alice Ann Barge, Marilyn Brown, Janet Bunch, Steve Clark, Josh Collins, Jim Cortese, Debra Dedrick, Kim Hawkins, Gene Hyde, Jim Johnson, Wilma Keeney, Martine Madlinger, Rick Minton, Tom Simpson, Dr. George Weaver and Guy Zimmerman. Others present included Ed Macie of the US Forest Service, Roy Ashley, Hart Applegate, Wayne Clatterbuck, Marsha Thibault and Bruce Webster of the Tennessee Division of Forestry and Sharon Fitzgerald from the Tennessee Municipal League.

Founding Committee

  • Guy Zimmerman (Vice-Chairman), area forester, Cookeville
  • Marilyn Brown, director, Memphis Beautiful Committee
  • Janet Bunch, horticulturist, City of Knoxville
  • Josh Collins, Recreation and Parks Dept., Oak Ridge
  • Kim Hawkins, landscape architect, Nashville
  • Jim Johnson, extension agent, Nashville
  • Ricky Minton, nurseryman, McMinnville

Read about the First Minutes.

Town Hall Meetings

Since 2000 the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has hosted Town Hall meetings in 34 cities across the state. These meetings are opportunities to bring together city elected officials and employees and tree board members to focus on the local urban forestry program and to note what is happening statewide and nationally.

Meeting locations included: Nashville, TTU Cookeville, Jackson, Clarksville, Nashville/Brentwood, Knoxville, Memphis, Harrogate, Murfreesboro, Sparta, Pulaski, TSU Nashville, UT Knoxville, McMinnville, Dickson Renaissance Center, Cookeville, Johnson City, Legislative Plaza of the State Capitol – Nashville, Cleveland, Jackson, Clarksville with a dedication of the memorial Tuttle Grove, Chattanooga including a city tour, Morristown including arboretum tour, Lebanon, Signal Mountain, Franklin, Kingston and Lakeland, Jackson and Crossville.

Recent Milestones

2017

MINUTES: January, April, July

Education

  • Participated in several of outreach events in Middle and West TN
  • Offered 1st Citizen Urban Forestry Class at Cheekwood (Center of Excellence)
  • West TN Chapter provided its 9th – 5 week Urban Forestry Advisor Series at Memphis Botanic Garden

Tree Programs

  • Arboretum Program – added 4 new, recertified 9 (93 total)
  • The Governor’s Residence was added to the list of distinguished arboreta locations by becoming a Level 2 arboretum.  A celebration, ribbon cutting, luncheon and tree giveaway mark a beautiful day on the lawn with Mrs. Haslam, the State Forester and several past TUFC presidents.
  • TUFC certified arboreta were offered a tree grant to celebrate our 25th anniversary.  The program wrapped up in 2017 expanding 20 arboreta collections to include 40 new tree species.
  • 7 new Tree Sanctuaries were added in 2017 (11 total)
  • Books sales highlighting the Landmark, Historic and Heritage Tree Program continue to support this program and other efforts of the TUFC.
  • 2 PBS – Tennessee’s Wildside segments told the stories of both the Andrew Johnson Willows and the Tusculum Oak

Annual Conference

  • Tree Board and Tree Selection & Pollinators Workshops were offered at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge
  • UT Campus in Knoxville hosted the TUFC annual conference – Leading Green:  Urban Forestry in a Changing Environment- with nearly 100 in attendance
  • Awards of Excellence were awarded to 5 worthy recipients.
  • The Bruce Webster Scholarship given to Nicholas Herron

Tree Climb

  • Held at Sevier Park in Nashville on September 23
  • 18 competitors showcased the work done in urban forestry.  Casey Johnson will represent our state in the upcoming ISA regional competition held in Memphis in March.
  • PBS aired a special on Tennessee’s Wildside highlighting the 2016 competition

Special Project – Replant Gatlinburg Campaign

  • Raised $8900 through donations and book sales
  • Trees will be planted in Fall of 2018

2016 – 2013

2016
MINUTES: February, April, July

  • Promoted sustainable urban forestry practices throughout the state at gardening festivals, extension workshops, the Tennessee Municipal League’s statewide conference and ISA’s Southern conference in Knoxville. At the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show we wrapped, tagged and distributed 300 seedlings to tree enthusiasts from 4 states and 45 Tennessee cities!
  • Held the 25th anniversary “Hands on Urban Forestry” annual conference October 6-7 in Murfreesboro with approximately 100 in attendance. Two tours were offered in Murfreesboro in addition to the myriad of speakers.
  • Added 2 Heritage and 5 Historic trees for total of 48 trees currently on the registry with new trees being added every year..
  • Certified 10 new arboreta and recertified 13 arboreta. To date, there are 88 arboreta in Tennessee. In honor of our 25th anniversary, our certified arboreta were offered a $100 grant to add a new tree species to their site. 25 arboreta chose to participate, adding 40 trees to our certified arboreta.
  • Launched a new home arboretum program. This educational program encourages home owners to identify and map their current tree species, plant new ones and care for them. Four Tree Sanctuaries were created this past year in East, Middle, and West Tennessee.
  • Sponsored the Tennessee Tree Climb Competition in Nashville with 18 participants competed this year (including a woman from Sweden). Casey Johnson won and will represent Tennessee in 2017 at the ISA Southern Chapter Regional Tree Climb in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Six Awards of Excellence were given to Vicki Turner, Joellen Dimond, The Compost Company, Tony Larkins, Chattanooga Tree Commission, and Chris Armour at the conference. These awards aim to acknowledge green leaders throughout Tennessee that are promoting significant change in their communities.
  • Campbell Casseb became the 2nd recipient of the Bruce Webster College Scholarship. The aim of this scholarship is to help offset college expenses for an outstanding student and Tennessee citizen that is pursuing a career in urban forestry.
2015
Read the 2015 Report.

  • Held Urban Forestry Conference, Walking in Memphis: The Future of Urban Forestry, October 1-2 in Memphis
  • Received a $25,000 grant from the Dept of Agriculture, Division of Forestry for 2014-2015 for administration, conference costs, and three arborist workshops: West (UFA advanced tree id workshop), Middle (arborist workshop) and East (tree board workshop), partnering with our West Tennessee Chapter, past and current board members, and Sharon Jean Philippe/Nick Bridgeman in the East.
  • Launched a new website for home owners focusing on the most commonly asked questions submitted to Extension agents in Mmiddle Tennessee as well as other resources
  • Set up the Notable Tree Exhibit at two locations: The Williamson County Garden Expo and the eight-day Wilson County Fair.
  • TUFC co-founder Bruce Webster retires from Division of Forestry
  • Introduced Bruce Webster scholarship program
  • Added four trees to Landscape, Historic, and Heritage Tree Registry
  • Added/recertified eleven arboreta
  • Staffed booth at Nashville Lawn and Garden Show (200 trees distributed), Middle Tennessee landscape management short course, Davidson County’s Urban Gardening Festival, Williamson County Garden Expo, and the Wilson County Fair.
  • Planted 50 trees in Bristol parks through $5,000 ACT/CSX grant
2014
Read the 2014 Report.

  • Hosted tree board workshop in Cookeville
  • Held annual retreat in Cookeville with guest Ed Macie
  • Planted four trees to complete Tennessee Groves project
  • Held annual conference, Planting a Sustainable Future, September 18-19 in Nashville
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards
  • Added three trees to Landscape, Historic, and Heritage Tree Registry
  • Held Tennessee Tree Climb September 20 in Nashville
  • Named/recertified seven arboreta
  • Held board meetings in Memphis, Nashville
  • Assisted with Tree Trail at Governor’s Mansion
  • Published Trees of Tennessee coffee-table book with Forestry grant
2013
Read the 2013 Report.

  • Held annual retreat in Clarksville
  • Held board meetings in Clarksville, Nashville
  • Added or recertified eight arboreta
  • Introduced new category and named two corporate arboreta
  • Planted dogwoods, maple for Tennessee Groves program
  • Held annual conference, Urban Forestry: A Southern Story, in Jackson October 3-4
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards
  • Added four trees to Landscape, Historic, and Heritage Tree Registry
  • Held Tennessee Tree Climb October 5 in Jackson
  • Introduced business member discounts
  • Nashville chapter planted 100 trees with ACT/CSX grant

1991 – 2012

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2012
Read the 2012 Report.

  • Held annual retreat at Evans Mill near Smithville
  • Hired Jill Smith as part time administrative assistant
  • Added 5 additional trees to the Council’s Landmark and Historic Register. The register now includes 32 entries
  • Held 21st annual Urban Forestry Conference and 13th annual tree Climbing Championship at Ellington Ag Center in Nashville
  • Continue to certify and re certify arboreta sites across the state. The Council recognizes 70 sites with and additional 11 applications under review.
  • Added an East Tennessee Chapter
  • Held two board meetings, Jackson and Nashville
2011
Read the 2011 Report.

  • Held annual retreat at SSR Offices in Nashville Accepted the resignation of Executive Director, Jennifer Smith Hired Interim Executive Director Nick Bridgeman
  • Held 20th annual Urban Forestry Conference and annual tree Climbing Championship at Ellington Ag Center in Nashville
  • Held two board meetings, Nashville, and Pikeville
  • Continued to certify and re certify arboreta.
  • Revised bylaws to eliminate 2nd vice president, advisory board, add voting by email and other changes
2010
Read the 2010 Report.

  • Held annual retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park
  • Hosted town hall/board meetings in Jackson (April) and Crossville (September)
  • Hosted a board meeting with a fundraising session at Ellington Ag Center/Nashville (July)
  • Hosted annual urban forestry conference, Sustainable Sites and Natural Resources, at Chattanooga Choo-Choo.
  • Held Tree Climbing Championship in East Lake Park, Chattanooga
  • Arboretum Coordinator to certify arboretums. Certified to date: 60
  • Updated the website
  • Reorganized the Executive Committee, added an advisory board, new mission and vision statements, restructured and streamlined the bylaws.
  • Worked with UT on curriculum development for the new urban forestry concentration
  • Worked on the Tennessee Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy
  • Trees Nashville chapter: Presented first annual Alice Ann Barge Award, created Trees Nashville Coalition of local tree groups, assisted in tree canopy assessment presentation, held public forum, presented on tree canopy assessment at national Partners in Community Forestry conference
  • West Tennessee Chapter: Held Second Day of Caring at The Children’s Museum. Presented to Chinese delegation . Partnered with Clean Memphis and TDOT to plant trees in the Lamar/240 cloverleaf. Held first tree sale. Doubled budget in conjunction with State Board and local partners.
2009
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session and new board orientation at Natchez Trace State Park
  • Hosted town hall/board meetings in Kingston (April) and Lakeland (November)
  • Hosted a board meeting with strategic planning session at Ellington Ag Center/Nashville (July)
  • Sponsored annual urban forestry conference, Greening your Community: The Urban Forestry Approach, in Nashville at Lipscomb University Pre-Conference Workshops: Utility and Arboriculture; Tours: Old-Growth and Urban
  • Held Tree Climbing Championship Centennial Park, Nashville
  • Kicked off Tennessee Groves with a media event at the Bristol Welcome Center with Governor Phil Bredesen, TDOT’s Commissioner Gerald Nicely and Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Held an urban forestry workshop series, benefits, utility and interface issues, with UT’s Municipal Technical Assistance Service. Workshops locations: Morristown, Nashville and Germantown
  • Arboretum Coordinator to certify arboretums. Certified to date: 53
  • Drafted board member job descriptions for Policy Manual
  • Worked with an organizational development consultant on strategic planning
  • Hired a marketing coordinator for the Tree Auto Tag, Trees Make a Difference
  • Received an extension on the marketing of the Tree Tag from the state legislature
  • Made a significant donation to the Friends of Warner Park Hill Tract Urban Forest
  • West Tennessee Chapter:Formed a Projects Committee. Outreached to nine organizations and hosted a Day of Caring, donating $10,000 to $12,000 in arbor care and started a proper mulching technique campaign.
  • Trees Nashville: Formed an Advisory Group and hosted a public forum on trees
2008
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session and new board orientation in a Cookeville hotel
  • Hosted town hall/board meetings in Signal Mountain (April), Ellington Ag Center, /Nashville (July),and Franklin (November)
  • Sponsored annual urban forestry conference, Nature of Design: Educating for the Future, in Knoxville Hilton with the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Held Tree Climbing Championship in Lakeshore Park, Knoxville
  • Secured passage of Council’s Tree Auto Tag program by the Tennessee Legislature. Began promotional program
  • Certified 10 new arboreta. Hired part-time coordinator for certification program and began the re-certification process
  • Established a Middle Tennessee Chapter of TUFC, Trees Nashville
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Attended (by the executive director) the national urban forestry conference in Orlando (American Forest)
  • Attended (by several board members) the Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Atlanta (Arbor Day)
  • Assisted in organizing (by the executive director) the Tennessee Sustainable Summit. Executive director and board members attended.
  • Initiated new board meeting schedule: dropped one meeting but added conference calls on every other month for Public Policy/Education, Finance/Budget and Public Relations Committees
  • Revised Policies and Procedures Manual (from 2004)
  • Held the first-vice-president position
  • Redesigned the website
2007
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session and new board orientation at Dubois Conference Center, Monteagle
  • Hosted annual conference, Building Great Communities, in Memphis with American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute and the US Green Builders/LEED
  • Sponsored the ninth Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship with six states represented at Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Presented Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Trees
  • Held a workshop series on community urban forestry programs with UT’s Municipal Technical Assistance Service. Workshops locations were Johnson City, Knoxville, Collegdale, Franklin, Cookeville, Bartlett, Jackson
  • Persuaded Governor’s Three Star Program to include urban forestry.
  • Held town hall/board meetings at the Legislative Plaza of the State Capitol, Chattanooga (included a city tour), Morristown (included an arboretum tour) and Lebanon
  • Changed Branching Out newsletter to an electronic format using color and photos
  • Presented (by board members and executive director) an urban forestry presentation and exhibit at the Tennessee Public Works conference in Clarksville
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Changed arboreta certification program to create outdoor classrooms.
  • Accepted 10 new arboreta applications in 2007. 49 sites currently certified.
  • Placed the Notable Trees photo exhibit in five locations across the state for a total of 20 locations in three years.
  • Persuaded (by the West Tennessee Chapter) the Memphis City Council to pass a proclamation establishing a tree board, which hosting an official Arbor Day ceremony for Memphis and began work on gaining Tree City USA status for Memphis
2006
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session and new board orientation at Montgomery Bell State Park
  • Hosted town hall/board meetings in Legislative Plaza of the State Capitol – Nashville, Cleveland, Jackson and Clarksville with a dedication of the memorial Tuttle Arboretum and Tree Grove
  • Held conference, trade show, awards/landmark and historic tree banquet in Nashville with opening reception at The Parthenon. Reception included a tree planting ceremony. Conference partners were American Planning Association and American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Held the eighth annual Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship with Tree ID contest in Hadley Park, Nashville
  • Placed the Notable Trees photo exhibit in seven locations across the state. Copyrighted the Notable Trees photos and developed and sold notecards.
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Changed bylaws to add a second-vice-president position
  • Presented first President’s Award
  • Developed promotional CD
  • Initiated partnerships with UT MTAS (municipal workshop series), and TDOT (Tennessee Groves program)
  • Created Tennessee Tree Fund for ReLeaf funds for community tree planting
  • Planted trees on the State Capitol grounds in honor of TUFC’s 15th Anniversary. Seven past presidents attended.
2005
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session and new board orientation in Jackson
  • Held town hall/board meetings in TSU – Nashville, Cookeville, Nashville, Johnson City
  • Held conference, trade show, silent auction, ISA exam in Germantown. West Tennessee Chapter helped host the program
  • Held Annual Tree Climbing Championship at the Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Presented Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Trees
  • Developed a comprehensive budget
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Premiered the Notable Trees exhibit at the Legislative Plaza of the state capitol and eight other locations
  • Sent nine board members and other Council reps to the National urban forestry conference in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Provided assistance (by many members and executive director) to ISA in hosting their international conference in Nashville at Opryland and Ellington Ag Center. We welcomed the world!
2004
  • Held annual board retreat/planning session at Fall Creek Falls State Park., including first new board orientation
  • Hosted town hall/board meetings in TSU Nashville, UT Knoxville, McMinnville, Dickson Renaissance Center
  • Held conference, trade show, silent auction, and ISA Certification exams in Franklin
  • Held Annual Tree Climbing Championship at Ellington Agriculture Center in Nashville
  • Acquired a new equipment trailer, educational signs and scoreboard for Tree Climb
  • Presented Awards of Excellence, Arboretum Certifications, Landmark and Historic Trees
  • Developed Heritage Tree designation
  • Developed Policy and Procedures Manual
  • Adopted first chapter, West Tennessee Chapter, and updated bylaws to reflect chapters
  • Proposed urban forestry curriculum for UT Knoxville
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Sent board members and director to the Southern State Forestry Councils Cooperative Workshop in Atlanta
  • Participated in Week In Washington Community Forestry Issue Workshop (by the executive director)
  • Developed toolboxes for professional development and distributed regionally
  • Developed Notable Trees of Tennessee Traveling Educational Photography Exhibit
  • Revised website and developed historical Information
2003
  • Held board planning retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. Created action plan
  • Held town hall/board meetings in Nashville, Sparta, Pulaski
  • Sponsored annual conference, trade show, tree climb and ISA Certification Exams in Chattanooga
  • Revised web site
  • Appointed parliamentarian; Created Rules and Public Relations Committees
  • Mailed new membership/ReLeaf brochure
  • Updated and adopted bylaws revision
  • Initiated Powerpoint presentations for Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree recognitions
  • Established Executive Committee conference calls
  • Developed a standard in-kind contribution forms for delivery by email
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Sent board member representatives to the national urban forestry conference in San Antonio, Texas
  • Gave a presentation (by the executive director) at the National Conference
  • Provided testimony (by the executive director) to a US House Appropriations Investigative Committee
  • Sent board member representatives to the National urban forestry conference in Washington, D.C.
2002
  • Held annual board retreat in Chattanooga in conjunction with TNLA Conference
  • Held town hall/board meetings in Nashville, Memphis, Harrogate, Murfreesboro
  • Co-sponsored a tree planting ceremony at the State Capitol for State Arbor Day Poster Contest winners
  • Held annual conference in Nashville at Cheekwood Botanical Garden
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree designations
  • Sponsored an ISA Certified Arborist exam as part of annual conference
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Purchased tabletop displays for Middle and West Tennessee.
  • Developed new membership brochure to tie in with ReLeaf Tennessee
  • Revised and updated website
2001
  • Held town hall/board meetings in Clarksville, Nashville/Brentwood, and Knoxville
  • Purchased tabletop display for East Tennessee
  • Sponsored ReLeaf Tennessee to raise seedling funds
  • Assisted the Division of Forestry in judging the State Arbor Day Poster Contest
  • Held the 10th annual urban forestry conference in Knoxville
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree designations
  • Held annual board retreat at Natchez Trace State Park
  • Sent board member representatives to the national urban forestry conference in Washington D.C.
  • Served (by the Executive Director) on the National Grassroots Summit Committee
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
2000
  • Held a board strategic planning retreat at Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Established new membership categories and membership brochure
  • Initiated rotating board meeting around state with town hall meetings in Nashville (two), Cookeville, and Jackson
  • Established a partnership with Green Industry Field Day
  • Updated and adopted bylaws revision
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree designations
  • Held the ninth annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
1999
  • Held annual board retreat
  • Hired first executive director, Jennifer Smith
  • Established a website, www.tufc.com
  • Added trade show and silent auction to conference
  • Established the Tree Climbing Championship
  • Established Arboretum Certification Program
  • Established committee structures
  • Updated bylaws, added Executive Committee
  • Updated logo
  • Sent board member representatives to the national urban forestry conference in Seattle
  • Held the eighth annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree designations
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1998
  • Held annual board retreat
  • Re-Proposed Executive Director Position. State of Tennessee approved funding the position
  • Revised newsletter format and changed name to Branching Out
  • Established Landmark and Historic Tree Register
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence and Landmark and Historic Tree designations
  • Held the seventh annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1997
  • Held annual board retreat at Paris Landing St. Park
  • Published a tree topping brochure with the Division of Forestry
  • Used the display at six national, regional, state and local conferences
  • Held the sixth annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1996
  • Held annual board retreat at Hochland Hills, Nashville
  • Established a telephone line
  • Purchased a display
  • Made a video and PSAs
  • Held the fifth annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1995
  • Re-introduced the newsletter
  • Established an annual board retreat for planning purposes, held at Cumberland Mountain State Park
  • Held the fourth state urban forestry conference in Chattanooga, with the Society of Municipal Arborists (National organization) and the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Presented Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1994
  • Developed proposal for executive director (State of Tennessee rejected funding the position)
  • Printed stickers of the Council logo
  • Presented urban forestry Awards of Excellence
  • Held the third annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1993
  • Approved tree planting guidelines
  • Held the second annual state urban forestry conference in Nashville with the Tennessee Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Established the Urban Forestry Awards program
  • Participated in a preliminary urban forestry planning session
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing U&CF grant proposals
1992
  • Developed membership brochure
  • Established a bank account
  • Held the first state-wide urban forestry conference in Nashville, with the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division in reviewing Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) grant proposals
1991
  • Conducted Initial meeting in February
  • Developed and passed bylaws
  • Incorporated with the State of Tennessee
  • Assisted the Tennessee Dept. of Conservation, Forestry Division in reviewing the America the Beautiful (Urban and Community Forestry) grant proposals