Urban Forestry Conference OCTOBER 5–6 UT Conference Center, KnoxvillePRESENTED BY
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council



Conference $125
Workshop   $50


Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, BCMA
Tree Board Workshop 4
Thursday Evening 1
Friday Morning 3
Friday Afternoon A 3
Friday Afternoon B 3

CFE Credits

Category 1: CF
Oak Ridge Session 3
Friday Morning 3
Friday Afternoon 3

Pesticide Points

CO2, C10, C12
Pollinator Workshop 4
Friday Morning 3
Business Track 2

Site Directions

UT Conference Center
600 Henley Street
Knoxville TN 37902


Hilton Knoxville
501 W. Church Avenue
Knoxville TN 37902
865-251-2573 Directions
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Thursday, October 5 Workshops

Tree Board Workshop Forest Resources AgResearch & Education Center,  Oak Ridge MAP • Sam Adams, University of Tennessee
• Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville
• Tom Simpson, Division of Forestry
Share ideas on how different tree boards function in different communities through short presentations and group activities. You'll learn:
  • Types of tree boards and the role of a tree board member.
  • How to build resources and market the urban forest
  • Ideas for outreach, education, fundraising, and developing partnerships.
  • How to have more productive tree board meetings and keep members engaged.
  • Ideas for working with local government agencies and collaborating with other organizations on your urban forestry projects and goals
Tree Selection and Pollinators Forest Resources AgResearch & Education Center, Oak Ridge MAP • Jamie Herold, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryPopulations of many pollinator species are in decline. Urban ecosystems are increasingly being recognized as important pollinator habitats. Learn which tree species and management practices are most beneficial for pollinators.

Thursday, October 5 EveningFourth-Floor Atrium

4-5 pm
General Membership Meeting • Jill Smith and Kathrine Killebrew, TUFC
5-7 pm
President's Reception • TUFC president Kathrine Killebrew
6-7 pm
Historic and Landmark Trees • Tom Simpson, Division of ForestryHear about the latest entries to TUFC's Tennessee Tree Registry

Friday, October 6 Morning SessionMain Ballroom

Welcome/Introduction • TUFC president Kathrine Killebrew
Paul Ries
Addressing the Future of Urban Forestry:
Honoring the Past and Meeting the Social Values
and Physiological Needs of Urban Residents
• Paul Ries, Insightful NatureWhile the term urban forestry is only about a half-century old, the practice of managing trees in cities goes back much farther. What have we learned so far? And where is urban forestry headed in the next half-century? Travel down memory lane and into the future to consider what strategies we should explore to collectively advance our urban forestry efforts in the coming years.
Wildland Urban Interface and East Tennessee Fire History • Nathan Waters, Division of Forestry Get a review of fire history studies, ground observations (i.e., primary spread component of wildland fire), and basic techniques to help mitigate risk of ignition. In addition, learn how to manage native and exotic vegetation to create defensible space and protect both structures and developments from wildland fires.
Break/Silent Auction
Designing Trees in the Urban Landscape and Integrating LID Stormwater Management • Shane Carpani, GreenBlue Urban Urban trees as green infrastructure are one of the most sustainable stormwater management solutions. Discover the opportunities for integrating street tree planting with stormwater management systems for truly sustainable urban landscapes.
Diseases of Urban Shade and Ornamental Trees • Alan Windham, UT Institute of Agriculture Plant diseases affect urban trees stressed by a changing climate, site issues, and lack of care. Learn to identify common and new threats to our urban forests by focusing on signs and symptoms of plant diseases. Diseases such as cankers, mildew, leaf spots, vascular wilts, root rots, and wood-decay organisms will be covered. Learn tips and tricks to make disease identification easier.
Awards/Lunch Dining Room

Friday, October 6 Afternoon Session

Above and Below-Ground InteractionsMain Ballroom  

Tree Biology • Jennifer Franklin, University of Tennessee Trees operate through a well-coordinated effort of stems and leaves with below-ground root systems. The health and continued growth of the tree depends on an ample supply of water and nutrients reaching the leaves, and the export of sugars to the roots. We will take a brief look at these essential processes, and the consequences to the tree when these processes are interrupted by disease or injury. A close look at the stem and leaves can give you an early indication that something may be wrong, and we will discuss some of these visual clues of declining health.
Urban Soils Brenda Guglielmina, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure This course will review academic research, basic applications, notable projects, and stormwater mitigation potential for urban trees, with a focus on soils in suspended pavement systems. The integration of green utilities like soil, trees and water into our urban areas substantially improves their design sustainability and helps alleviate some of our most pressing ecological challenges – including air and water quality, rising temperatures, and flooding and erosion from daily rainfall events.
Break/Silent Auction Close
Trees and Impervious Surface: Power Struggle in the Urban Water Cycle • Andrea Ludwig, UT Institute of AgricultureLearn how to use trees and other woody species as part of effective bioretention practices that have been evaluated for two to three decades. Green infrastructure projects implemented in East Tennessee aim to alleviate some of the impacts of increased runoff caused by impervious surfaces by slowing down and soaking in runoff in vegetated practices while providing complimentary benefits arising from a more naturalized urban landscape.
Using Health Research and Data to Influence Planning and Design in the Built Environment • Bill Bruce, CRJA-IBI GroupIncreasing evidence suggests that how we build and maintain our communities affect chronic disease, injury rates, and mental and physical health. This session offers planners, designers, and other professionals a way to incorporate health data into the planning and design process to mitigate mental health and physical health issues. Jear how planning and design decisions influence health and share a process called the Health Design Assessment to factor the health perspective into the planning and design of projects.


Careers in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry • Eric Wiseman, Virginia TechLearn about emerging trends in higher education's urban forestry programs and novel approaches to workforce development to support the tree care industry. Urban forests play an increasingly central role in the sustainability and livability of communities, and advances in the science and technology of urban forestry are demanding a better-educated and highly skilled workforce. Yet career opportunities are not well known and options for education, training, and career advancement are not well communicated by professional societies and other workforce stakeholders.
Technology "Drones" and Natural Resource Management • Lori Duncan, University of TennesseeUnmanned Aerial Systems can be used as a tool to support a host of natural resources management activities, including forest health classification and inventory, tree height monitoring, tree disease and detection, wildfire suppression, and post-fire analysis. Get a better understanding of the many potential applications in agroforestry production systems, current FAA regulations, platforms, pros and cons of each system, and challenges in acquiring and processing data.
Break/Silent Auction Close
KUB's Proactive Vegetation Management Program • Nick Bridgeman, Knoxville Utilities BoardWhat makes Knoxville Utilities Board’s Vegetation Management Program different is its proactive approach to notifying customers of needed work, resolving vegetative conflicts, employment of certified arborists, and a company-wide mission of being good stewards of our communities' resources as it provides safe and reliable electric service to over 199,000 customers throughout seven counties.
Landscaping and Plant Health Care Techniques • Jim Cortese, TIPCO Enjoy the insights of 40 years of practical experience with traditional and new plant healthcare techniques. Discover the tools that can improve the profitability of any landscape firm with minimal overhead cost. Learn the benefits of plant growth regulators, tree injections, bark sprays, and bio-char applications.


Sam Adams is an arborist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Nick Bridgeman is a utility arborist at the Knoxville Utilities Board.

Bill Bruce is the principal-in-charge of the Knoxville office of CRJA-IBI Group.

Shane Carpani is a program development manager at GreenBlue Urban in Philadelphia.

Jim Cortese is owner of TIPCO, a plant health care distribution company.

Lori Duncan is an extension specialist in biosystems engineering and soil science at the University of Tennessee focusing on integrating technology into conservation practices in agricultural systems.

Jennifer Franklin is an associate professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries studying reforestation, and the effects of the environmental stresses on trees.

Brenda Guglielmina is southern regional manager at DeepRoot Green Infrastructure.

Jamie Herold is a plant ecologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

TUFC president Kathrine Killebrew is Clarksville city forester.

Kasey Krouse is Knoxville’s urban forester.

Andrea Ludwig is an associate professor of ecological engineering in the Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department at the University of Tennessee.

Keynote speaker Paul Ries is the principal consultant for Insightful Nature, a natural resources consulting, communications, and training company, and the director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry program at Oregon State University. Paul holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural resources and a doctorate in educational leadership. He has over 30 years of experience in the natural resources and urban forestry fields, working at the state, local, non-profit, and academic levels.Paul is the 2017 president of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Tom Simpson is a regional urban forester for the Division of Forestry in East Tennessee.

Nathan Waters is a forest program specialist with the Division of Forestry.

Alan Windham is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture where he studies the diagnosis and management of plant diseases.

Eric Wiseman is an associate professor of urban forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech focusing on arboricultural practices, urban forest ecophysiology, and urban forest assessment and management.

Tom Wolf is vice president of The Davey Tree Expert Company in Knoxville.