West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council encourages the establishment of regional chapters to support its mission and bylaws. The West Tennessee chapter was established in 2004.




The Chapter accomplished two highlight activities in 2013. Members helped get the Memphis tree ordinance passed that was a roadblock to Memphis becoming a Tree City USA, and hosted a Volunteer Urban Forestry Advisor class that was completed by 9 people. So far, 55 students have been through these classes which cover tree care and tree diseases, tree id, urban forestry planning and management, tree benefits, tree physiology, risk management, and arboretum standards. Volunteers have manned the chapter educational booth at 9 venues including The Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park, and the Master Gardeners’ events in Shelby and Tipton Counties. They have expanded their educational outreach into Hardeman County for the Ames' Plantation Heritage Festival and Weakly County for the Big Cypress Tree State Park Festival.

Members volunteered as team leaders for the annual Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting to plant 125 trees in the field and 2,500 trees in containers at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Chapter volunteers have also participated in privet pulls and tree planting at the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Members serve as regular volunteers at the Memphis Botanic Garden Tree Team where they have applied to become a Conifer Reference Garden. They help maintain the level 4 arboretum and the Center of Excellence. In March and April, over 3,000 “Stop Mulch Madness “ flyers were distributed to area plant nurseries to provide to their clients and to customers at Germantown’s Free Mulch Day. Flyers are also distributed at the UT Extension Office.

Chapter members from Red’s Tree Service Woodland Trees, and Urban Forestry with assistance from Memphis Light Gas & Water removed a hazardous Elm at the Seeds of Life Center in the Orange Mound Community for the chapter’s Annual Day of Caring. The Memphis Commercial Appeal ran an article about members who demonstrated to Campus School 5th graders how they could apply their existing skills in math and science to determine a wealth of information about trees including the worth of their environmental benefits. A chapter article on Tree Planting was printed in the Commercial Appeal and a profile on the chapter president and chapter activities was spotlighted in RSVP magazine. Several members have spoken at Neighborhood Meetings and Garden Clubs on tree care and tree benefits. Members represent the chapter in the MidSouth Regional GreenPrint Consortium Park and Geenways and Data and Mapping working groups.



2016 Board


Joellen Dimond

Vice President

Scot Abel


Jim Dennis


Wesley Hopper

Past President

Eric Bridges


Richard Beckwith

Jan Castillo