Latest TUFC News
Message from the President
Let me introduce myself. I am your new president of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC). I grew up in Alabama, got my Forestry degree from the University of Tennessee, worked with forest product industry a short while, before completing a 33-year career with the Alabama Forestry Commission, where I was involved with or oversaw our state’s urban forestry program. In 2012, my wife and I moved to Middle Tennessee to be closer to family. We love Tennessee and haven’t looked back.
One of the things I wanted to do in my retirement was to be involved with urban forestry wherever I could. There is just something about people work together to improve quality of life for others through trees. It inspires and motivates me whenever I see it. That is one of the first things I noticed when selected to serve on the TUFC Board 2 years ago. The TUFC does make a difference in people’s lives. Its program are unique and designed to impact communities at the local level. The more I get to know Tennessee’s “community tree” people through the TUFC, the more impressed I am. And yet, I think the best is yet to come.
Now, let me be honest with you. As with any organization, there are things that are working well, things that need tinkering, and some things that may have outlived their purpose. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. What I will promise is that I will work with our Executive Committee, our Board, our partners, and you to make the TUFC the best it can be. An organization that makes Tennessee communities better for people through trees.
So here’s my request. First, keep doing what you are doing to improve community trees where people live. Second, join me in making the TUFC an organization that is relevant to the people of Tennessee. You can do this by being a TUFC member (see our webpage), support our programs (see our webpage, again), and give me your honest feedback on how we can get better.
Thanks for all you do.
Laurie Williams, Memphis Botanic Garden
Introduction to Citizen Urban Forestry Workshop
September 13th from 1:00-5:00 the workshop was offered in Nashville at our Middle Tennessee Center of Excellence, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. The class covered the importance of trees, tree identification, tree installation, EAB and tree pruning.
In 2019 we will be offering an advanced course for those that would like to learn key tree features to help them identify trees in the winter. If you would be interested in this class, please fill out the survey to help us determine a day and time that would work for you.
Winter Tree Identification Survey
We also plan to offer a series of classes (once a week) in the Fall of 2019 that will be similar to the Master Gardner’s certification program but all on trees! Be on the lookout for more information!
New Arboreta in East & Middle,
Recertified in Middle & West TN!
This is current board member & past President Katie Killebrew, Clarksville City Forester @ Liberty Park our most recent new level 1 arboretum!
And Dianna Davies w Fort Wood arboretum also one of our newest level one arboretum entries last November.
We’d like to congratulate both arboretum’s for their hard work and attention to detail and superb excellence!
New Level 1 – Jacob’s Nature Park, Johnson City
New Level 1 – Belle Forest Cave Property, Nashville
New Level 1 – Cane Creek Park, Cookeville
New Level 1 – City Lake Natural Area, Cookeville
Recertified Level 4 – Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis
Recertified Level 1 – Ridgetop Station Park, Ridgetop
Recertified Level 1 – The Arboretum at Southwind, Memphis
Learn more about these arboreta and make plans to visit one soon! Click Here
Tennessee Urban Forestry Launches New Tennessee Champion Tree Program!
In 2016, a team of students and faculty at the University of Tennessee contracted with the TN Division of Forestry to re-inventory the state’s champion trees. Revitalizing a program that began in the early 1970’s. Now the torch has been passed to the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. CLICK HERE to view program details and the updated list of Tennessee’s largest trees!
Amazing New Volunteer Log
Log your time today on our Connections page.
Join our Board of Directors
The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) is deeply rooted in promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests which contribute to clean air and water, economic stability, and beautiful green places in which all Tennesseans and future generations will love, work and play. To continue to promote these efforts the TUFC is accepting board nominations year round. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please let us know. All board members are required to choose a committee to serve on. Committee assignments are detailed below. Self-nominations are welcomed.
New Tree Sanctuary in Arlington, TN!
See more pictures of the Wilson’s property and other Tree Sanctuaries throughout Tennessee HERE
”Nature does nothing uselessly.”
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