Bruce Webster moves to new program
Longtime urban forester Bruce Webster has a new job leading the rural forestry management program.
Brian Rucker takes over as the state urban forester, reporting to Webster.
Webster will work with foresters across the state to implement the management and stewardship program. He is one of the founders of TUFC and has been in Tennessee's urban and community forestry program for 27½ years.
West Tennessee membership meeting December 5
West Tennessee holds its annual chapter and membership meeting Thursday, December 5, from 1-3pm in the library at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
The group will present the 2014 budget and conduct elections for the four board of director vacancies for 2014–2015.
Tennessee tree board workshop is February 6
TUFC hosts a workshop for tree board members February 6 in Cookeville.
The workshop is for all Tree Board chairs plus one other representative from each Tree City USA in Tennessee. Tentative topics will be urban forestry planning, Tree Board and Government 101, the role of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and its programs, and federal government perspectives, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.
This workshop is covered by a grant from the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Program and will provide lodging, meals, and handout material.
The Council is having the workshop one day prior to its annual retreat so that workshop participants can stay over to help the Council plan its annual activities.
Landscape course is January 14-15
The Middle Tennessee Landscape Management Short Course is January 14-15 at Williamson County Ag Expo Center.
Registration for the event is $75 for one day and $100 for both; deadline is January 10. Sponsored by UT Extension and Tennessee State University, the course includes urban forestry, insect and disease updates, organic solutions, smart yards, and turf management. ISA, TCNP, and Tennessee pesticide applicator points will be awarded. Registration
Five monthly webinars teach tree board basics
Five free webinars December 10 through April 1 help tree boards function more efficiently and effectively.
The webinar series offers insights into the political process, how to communicate your message, forest management opportunities, and engaging volunteers.
The series is useful to newly established boards as well as established boards seeking ideas for how to move forward or gain new energy and focus. Register