Tennessee Urban Forestry Council               August 2015

Recognize excellence with forestry award nomination


Here's your chance to recognize the people and groups who make urban forestry possible in Tennessee.

Nominations for TUFC's Urban Forestry Awards of Excellence are due August 15.

TUFC presents awards for outstanding leadership, education efforts, or activities that have made a significant contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Categories include the Private Professional, Media, Builder/Developer, Government Employee, Citizen Activist, Green Industry, and Tree Board awards. Nomination form

Bruce Webster

Bruce Webster retires after 42 years in forestry

Urban forestry pioneer Bruce Webster has retired. The Division of Forestry sent him off with a luncheon in his honor June 16 at Ellington Agricultural Center.

His entire career has been spent in urban forestry. After years as the state urban forester, he retired as head of the forest management unit for the Division of Forestry. Bruce is one of the founders of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, which has established an urban forestry scholarship in his honor. Slideshow

West chapter meets August 20

The next meeting of TUFC’s West Tennessee chapter is August 20 at Memphis Botanic Garden.

West chapter website has new address

You can keep up with the latest news from TUFC’s West Tennessee chapter at its new website.

UF advisor classes begin September 9 in Memphis

The West chapter hosts a series of five urban forestry advisor classes from 9am to 1pm September 9, 15, 23, 30, and October 7.

Providing in-depth information on trees are Eric Bridges, Richard Beckwith, Joellen Dimond, Deb Foehring, Wes Hopper, Shawn Posey, and Laurie Williams.

Cost is $85. Call 901-636-4128 for more information.

Advanced tree ID workshop September 11 in Memphis

The West chapter holds an advanced tree identification workshop September 11-12 from 9am to 1pm.

Cost is $5 for active TUFC members who register before August 15 and $20 for the public. Call 901-636-4128 to register.

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‘Trees of Tennessee’ features landmark, notable trees

  • Hardcover coffee table book with 128 full-color pages
  • More than 150 images including 68 notable, champion, landmark, historic, and heritage trees


including tax

Book Cover

Restoration grant provides
50 trees to Bristol parks


Ten volunteers planted 50 trees in three Bristol parks as part of a CSX Restoration Grant awarded TUFC through the Alliance for Community Trees.

The railroad giant is finishing a multi-year Trees for Tracks program to plant a tree for each mile of its tracks.

CSX Restoration Grants fund plantings in communities that recently lost canopy coverage due to extreme storms, pests, and diseases.

Jimmy Ferrell coordinated the planting of dogwoods, redbuds, oaks, birch, and maples in Whitetop Creek Park, Haynesfield Park, and Steele Creek Park.

Bledsoe, Cumberland added to Tennessee EAB quarantine list

Bledsoe and Cumberland counties have reported emerald ash borer, making 41 Tennessee counties now under state and federal quarantine.

Quarantine EAB management

Rex Bastian: Lessons learned in EAB management


Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests
in Tennessee

Emerald ash borer update

  • 41 counties including Davidson are now under state/federal quarantine. Map
  • EAB cannot be contained, and all ash species are at risk of dying.
  • Significant trees can sometimes be saved with permanent chemical treatments, if diagnosed early.
  • The most important way to slow the spread of EAB is to stop moving firewood.

Tennessee info
National info

Don't Move Firewood


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