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Tennessee Urban Forestry Council               February 2016

TUFC names 2016 board members

TSU professor De’Etra Young is president of the 2016 TUFC board of directors. UT professor Sharon Jean-Philippe is secretary, and landscaper Patrick Haller is treasurer.

Board members are Chris Armour, Amy Dismukes, Marti Foster, past president Scott Johnson, Josiah Lockard, Vicki Turner, Lydia Wiggins, Scott Woods, and Mason T. Young. David Cook, Karen Davenport, Samuel Peyton, and Bruce Webster serve one-year appointments.

Center of Excellence has busy season

More than 6,650 individuals participated in tree-related events or classes at TUFC’s Center of Excellence, Memphis Botanic Garden, from July through December.

The center offered educational programming, arboretum assistance, family programming, and urban forestry support as well as enhancing MBG’s collections by planting five trees and shrubs a week.

Actitivies included Trees and Forests Day, five-week urban forestry classes, a tree walk, talks on conifers, rainforests, and classes on Trees of Tennessee and Tremendous Trees.

MBC worked with Middleton Arboretum, Cordova Library, Drummonds Park, and LaGrange Cemetery on identification, naming, and signage.

The center also hosted the 2016 TUFC urban forestry conference. MORE

Apply for Tree Campus USA grant

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering mini-grants to support Arbor Day celebrations this spring.

Recognized Tree Campuses, current Alliance for Community Trees member organizations, or campuses planning to qualify are eligible for $1,000 awards to hold a joint celebration.

The celebration event must be centered around tree planting, care, education, or other urban forestry activities.

National Arbor Day is April 29. APPLY

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West chapter meets February 18

The West Tennessee TUFC chapter meets February 18 at 1 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

West chapter names new officers

Joellen Dimond was elected president and Scot Abel vice president of the West Tennessee Chapter of TUFC. Wesley Hopper is treasurer and Jim Dennis secretary. Also serving on the board are Richard Beckwith, past president Eric Bridges, and Jan Castillo.

West sets tree ID workshop February 18

Members can brush up on their winter tree identification skills February 18 at Memphis Botanic Garden. The three-hour workshop, which includes class and field study, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $5. Call 901-636-4128 for more information.

TennGreen hosts scenic byways presentation

Sherry Beard and Richard Quin showcase Tennessee’s network of byways, Mockingbird routes, and Discover Tennessee trails at 4 p.m. February 26 at 117 30th Avenue South in Nashville.

Webinar series discusses best practices for tree boards

Three webinars promise to help you take your community forestry board to the next level.

February 23: Community Tree Planting Programs features a creative approach to partnerships, funding strategies, and volunteer recruitment.

March 22: The Role of Advocacy in Community Forestry discusses what advocacy is, what role a tree board plays in the process, and some key strategies you can use to bring urban forestry and your program to the forefront.

April 19: Management Plans: Know What You Need showcases different approaches to urban forestry plans and their components.

The webinars begin at 11 a.m. EST.

Those attending two or more webinars receive a Tree Board Resource Guide CD. REGISTER

Emerald ash borer update

• Counties added to quarantine in 2015: Bledsoe, Cumberland, Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.

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