Conference sponsors, exhibitors
- AJ's Tree Service
- Armour&Armour Environmental Marketing
- Dement Tree Service <
- Ferrell Tree
- Follis Tree Preservation
- Four Seasons Nursery & Garden Center
- Haller's Landscaping
- Jackson Energy Authority
- Jackson Tree Board
- Memphis Botanic Garden
- The Ornamentor
- Pinnacle Arborist Supplies
- Village Trees
- Wolf Tree
Nearly 100 foresters, arborists, gardeners, and tree lovers attended TUFC's urban forestry conference October 3–4 in Jackson.
Thursday featured all-day workshops on tree appraisal and assessment and a tour of Jackson's trees before a reception at First Presbyterian Church.
Friday's keynote speaker Dave Creech talked about people, plans, and plants in China. PDF The awards banquet honored urban foresters, and four trees were inducted into the Landmark Tree Registry.
President Karla Kean and state urban forester Bruce Webster present plaques to forestry award recipients and landmark/historic tree representatives.
TUFC recognized eight individuals for significant contributions to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Awards were presented at an October 4 luncheon at the 22nd annual TUFC urban forestry conference in Jackson.
Winners of Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence
- Builder/Developer: Henry Turley, Memphis
- Career Achievement: Eleanor Willis, Friends of Warner Parks, Nashville
- Citizen Activist: Eileen Elliott and Marlene Wilson, Trenton
- Media: Danny Jones, Trenton
- Government Employee Award: Burk Renner, Memphis
- Private Professional Award: Dr. Mark Follis, Memphis
- President’s Award: Laurie Williams, Memphis
BJ Absher, Rob Kraker, Aquilino Amador, and Jeremy Dunivan
Twenty-three expert climbers competed in the 15th annual Tennessee Tree Climb October 5 at University of Memphis in Jackson.
In the individual events, Aquilino Amador won the throwline, Jeremy Dunivan won the speed climb, Aaron Andersen won the footlock, Matt Starks won aerial rescue, and Benjamin Absher won the work climb. Dunivan also had highest overall preliminary events score.
The top climber from each team participated in the Master’s Challenge. Contestants are judged on their knowledge of climbing techniques, use of equipment, safety, poise, continuity, and overall productivity.
The Tennessee Tree Climb Champion is Aquilino Amador of Davey Tree Experts in Nashville. Rob Kraker of Davey and BJ Absher of Andersen Tree Care are runners-up.
The Tree Climb winner goes on to compete in the ISA Southern Tree Competition.
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