Urban Forestry Conference OCTOBER 6–7 Rutherford County Extension Office, MurfreesboroPRESENTED BY
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

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Thursday, October 6

Registration for ISA Exam Classroom Conference registration continues all day
ISA Certified Arborist Exam Classroom • Proctor: Wesley Hopper, Urban Forestry Municipal, Utility and Arborist International Society of Arboriculture Certification. Optional registration, $150 for ISA members; $250 for non-members. Register online at ISA.
Exhibitor SetupConference Room
Lunch by Carolyn's CreationsConference Room
Opening RemarksConference Room De'Etra Young, President, TUFC
Planning for Sustainable ManagementConference Room
Bruce Fraedrich
• Bruce Fraedrich, Bartlett Tree Research LaboratoriesA successful sustainable landscape begins with design and implementation. This presentation will focus on biological side of the design and implementation process. Topics will include the importance of landscape diversity, selecting pest-resistant plants, matching species to site, preparing the site, and planting procedures. The presentation will focus on recent research on pests and plant diversity, organic soil amendments, including biochar, and the latest in planting procedures.

Keynote speaker Bruce Fraedrich is a plant pathologist and arboricultural researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, N.C., responsible primarily for research and technical support related to landscape tree and shrub diseases. His research interests include diseases of landscape plants, tree risk management, and planting and establishment of landscape plants.

Session A

Moving from the Forest to the City: Forest and Urban SoilsConference Room• Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson, Texas A&M University Take an in-depth look at soil chemistry, specifically the impact of dissolved organic carbon from acid rain and irrigation, and the importance of forest wetlands and landscape trees in urban ecosystems for soil quality.
Break for refreshments and visit exhibits
Tree Insects and Diseases Conference Room • Nathan Hoover, Division of ForestryInsects and diseases impact the lives of our trees in huge and often unnoticeable ways. These relationships are often integral to our ecosystems. But when they cause damage and our trees lose value, they become what we call pests! This talk will cover the major tree-pest insects and diseases of Tennessee as well as an update on their distribution.
Emerald Ash Borer Response: Preparing Your Community Conference Room • Tyler Wakefield, Division of ForestryAs the emerald ash borer moves through an area, communities are forced to deal with the rapid removal, replacement, and treatment of their ash trees. Since ash species were planted frequently in urban areas, this insect has the potential to put immense strain on a community if preparations are not made in advance. Discuss the potential response options available to Tennessee communities, and review some experiences in handling the emerald ash borer problem.

Session B

Creating a Tree-Worker Competency TestClassroom • Karla Kean, TSU
• Kathrine Stevenson, City of Clarksville
The Clarksville Tree Board wants to require that people doing tree work or risk inspections for enforcement pass a tree-worker competency test demonstrating adequate knowledge. Through this workshop session we wish to garner ideas from those working in the industry to develop a tree worker competency test and perhaps a fact sheet for homeowners.
Break for refreshments and visit exhibits
A Community Treehouse Classroom • Andrew Alms, The Treehouse Project Hear the backstory of the world's first Living Building Challenge Certified Treehouse and extrapolation of our dreams to grow into a place of both comfort and rest as well as an experience that challenges a guest to emotionally engage the woods and natural world with imagination from an elevated perspective. For us this means incorporating local workers, other small business, and being regularly open to the community.
PHC Injections, Soil Drenches, and Trunk/Bark SpraysClassroom • Jim Cortese, TIPCO
Your tree needs to be treated. You have options. Get a brief overview of the available options to all plant healthcare technicians: Mauget, Tree Tech, ArborJet, and ArborSystems (Wedgle) Injection methodologies; and some very basic bark-spray and soil-drench opportunities. Get hands-on with an outside demonstration of these tools.
Board help set up for dinnerOaklands Park, Maney Hall Ballroom
Hors d'Oeuvres at Oaklands Park Maney Hall Ballroom • President's Report to Members
• Tennessee Tree Registry Additions
• Bruce Webster Scholarship Presentation
• Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence
• Recognition of Presidents and Past Board Members
• Silent Auction Challenge Ends at 10 p.m.

Friday, October 7

Danish and Coffee with ExhibitorsConference Room

Tour A

Murfree Springs: Managing an Urban, Forested Wetland Park Facility • Sam Huddleston, City of MurfreesboroTour the Murfree Springs Wetland Area, a City of Murfreesboro Park facility, to observe and discuss the challenges in managing this open-water, forested wetland park facility in an urban setting. The area was converted to a park in the early 2000s and includes a boardwalk, water features, and educational exhibits. Some of the water treatment works have been incorporated into the park area.

Tour B

Oaklands Park: Little-Practiced Arts of the Trade• Scott Woods, Timberline Tree and LawnTake a tour to Oaklands Park as Scott Woods showcases tree character flaws and leading a discussion on potential ways to correct them. During the tour he will cover cabling, bracing and tree rod opportunity use and will also discuss a filled tree cavity. He will familiarize the group to the ISA tree hazard evaluation form and instruct on how to use it. He will also cover tree pruning techniques and the difference between class-one, class-two and class-three pruning.
Box lunches available on returnConference Room
Exhibitor IntroductionsConference Room

Session A

Pruning Systems and Changes in A-300 Pruning StandardsConference Room • Bruce Fraedrich, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories The most recent revision of the A-300 Pruning Standard reintroduces pruning systems, a concept championed by Dr. Richard Harris when the first standards were considered more than 20 years ago. Review the major pruning systems used to maintain landscape plants, discuss the importance of systems for arborists and consumers, and discuss systems in relation to pruning for tree structure, maintenance and renovation.
Tree Topping: The Origin, Why, and What to Do?Conference Room • Jim Cortese, TIPCOWhacking the crown out of a tree: How did we get to this point, and what can we do about it? An historic overview of the practice of topping trees, how it came to America, and what, if anything, can be done about it.
Break for refreshments and visit exhibits
Trees in Trouble: Understanding Trees and the LawConference Room• Josiah Lockard, Josiah Lockard & Associates
• Jim Cortese, TIPCO
• Kevin Key, Nashville Metro Tree Advisory Committee
• Moderated by Patrick Haller, Patrick Haller Landscaping
In this interactive session, a panel of experts reflects on various cases involving trees and conflict within the legal environment. Tree/law conflicts can arise from disputes between two or more parties, often involving a multitude of issues including trespass, negligence, injury, and liability. Examine the arborist’s role in discerning the laws associated with trees, learn best management practices for consulting, and gain a better understanding of the anatomy of tree conflict.
Secret Successes of Trees and Forests in Sustainable CommunitiesConference Room• Dodd Galbreath, Lipscomb UniversityThe presentation draws from the literature and the speaker's travels around the world, documenting the unique and obscure ways trees and forests create effective sustainable energy, water management, and better urban living applications.

Session B

Utility of i-Tree Classroom • Sharon Jean-Philippe, University of Tennessee
• Mary Brand, Campbell Casseb, Robert Fowler, Melinda Harrell, Seth Harrison, Sally Ross, Louis Vandergriff, University of Tennessee Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
The i-Tree suite of forest analysis tools brings incredible power for managing the urban forest to your smartphone. Multiple tools help managers measure tree canopy, count inventory, and explore benefit assessment. Modules for street trees, canopy, watershed development, and more can be used to analyze forests from the individual tree level to a statewide picture.
Coordinating Volunteer Urban ReforestationClassroom • John McFadden, Tennessee Environmental Council Find out about TEC's 50K Tree Day: the partnerships, logisitics, and financial capital involved in planning a volunteer-based tree planting project. Learn the best ways to ensure tree installation quality control for a succsessful project.
Break for refreshments and visit exhibits
Connecting Significant Trees to People, Places, and History Classroom• Tom Simpson, Division of Forestry
• Jennifer Smith, Metro Nashville Horticulturist
State and local recognition programs that highlight significant trees help with their preservation and the human connection we have to them. Such a program involves locating, identifying, and documenting these trees and may include finding their historical and cultural significance.
Urban Grants: Project Development and ApplicationsClassroom • Brian Rucker, Division of ForestryDevelop projects that can be funded through the Urban & Community Forestry grant program and the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Then learn how to complete the application for grant funding.


Andrew Alms is co-founder of The Treehouse Project in Chattanooga. Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Jim Cortese is owner of TIPCO, a plant health care distribution company. Keynote speaker Bruce Fraedrich is plant pathologist at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. Dodd Galbreath is assistant professor of sustainability at Lipscomb University.Patrick Haller is owner of Patrick Haller Landscaping. Nathan Hoover is a forest health forester with the Division of Forestry. Wesley Hopper is an arborist and owner of Urban Forestry in Memphis. Sam Huddleston is assistant city engineer for the City of Murfreesboro Engineering Department. Sharon Jean-Philippe is professor of urban forestry at the University of Tennessee. Karla Kean is Tennessee State University horticulture / small farms agent in Montgomery County. Kevin Key is a former lawyer for Metro Nashville and a member of Metro Tree Advisory Committee.Josiah Lockhard is owner of Josiah Lockard & Associates. John McFadden is chief executive officer of Tennessee Environmental Council. Brian Rucker is staff urban forester in the Division of Forestry. Tom Simpson is a regional urban forester in East Tennessee. Jennifer Smith is Metro horticulturalist for Nashville's Landscape Coordination Program. Kathrine Stevenson is Clarksville city forester. Tyler Wakefield is an area forester with the Division of Forestry. Scott Woods is owner of Timberline Tree and Lawn. De'Etra Young is president of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and an assistant professor at Tennessee State University.