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TN Arbor Day for Memphis  2020 

Overton Park


Founded in 2004 as a regional chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council,  the West Tennessee Chapter  supports TUFC's  mission  in

  promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee.

2020 President Jim Gafford presents volunteer appreciation certificates at the February meeting.

 Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/climate/trees-forests-climate-change.html

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

February Overton Park Tour with Eric & Richard

Early ( above ) and late stage pupa of the beneficial twice stabbed lady beetle 

Recent Tree News


Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

Support our dwindling population of pollinators & other Insects---LEAVE THE LEAVES  https://xerces.org/2017/10/06/leave-the-leaves/

The Red Mulberry Tree  Feeds  Migratory & Local Bird Species


Tiger swallowtail   on Carolina Buckthorn .   

 photo: Judi Shellabarger 

North  American Ash Trees are Facing  Extinction. The Emerald Ash Borer is now in Middle Tennessee & Southern Arkansas. How can YOU KEEP IT FROM SPREADING  ?   USE ONLY LOCAL FIREWOOD.   


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J. Castillo

Grab your Kroger card & support our Chapter---Enroll inKroger Community Rewards


When the link above  opens  click on the link for               “I’m a Customer.

if you don’t already have a digital account, (Kroger Card)  you have to enroll before going any further

Organization Name: WTUFC       Organization Number:UX807

Neil installs the  Bottlebrush Buckeye sign at the Zoo. 

Chapter Volunteers at 2020 Lichterman Birds & Seeds.

Photo by Bob Foehring

The twice stabbed lady beetle, the natural predator for Crape Myrtle bark Scale, is in the Memphis area.


UFA Classes will be postponed until 2021

During the Pandemic, Unemployed Workers in Pakistan Have Been Hired to Plant Trees    https://www.greenmatters.com/p/pakistan-unemployed-workers-planting-trees

Tree Diseases

Trees Reduce Stormwater Runoff : Mature trees provide significant stormwater quantity and rate control benefits.

                                   Carolina Buckthorn:   Frangula caroliniana

First documented in South Carolina (caroliniana)

Native habitat: Understory tree  in woods, stream banks, bottomlands, ravines and stream bottoms

Prefers moist, calcareous, rocky soils

Sun:  partial shade -only  3-4  hours of sun per day

Size:     12-15 ft. tall, can reach 20 ‘

Leaves:  simple 5’” long ovate to elliptic shiny leaves that stay  green til late fall

Blooms: yellow to green blooms in May to early June

Fruit: Ripe berries attract birds

Larval Host: Snout butterfly      Click link for more info on the snout butterfly. 



https://www.michiganaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MI-Native-Plants-for-Bird-Friendly-Landscapes_Website.pdfType your paragraph here.

How do I know if I have an ash tree?


Can genetic engineering bring back the American Chestnut? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/magazine/american-chestnut.html

The Mini Forest Concept is Spreading  from Asia to Europe        https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fast-growing-mini-forests-spring-up-in-europe-to-aid-climate

Steps You Can Take to "Rewild America"
The nation’s backyards are more than ripe for a makeover.  

from From: Wild Ones - Tennessee Valley Chapter <contact@tnvalleywildones.org>
Date: May 7, 2020 at 5:01:38 AM CDT

Here are some of Tallamy's suggestions, with a few added details for the Tennessee Valley, to help rejuvenators hit the ground running.

1. Shrink your lawn.  Tallamy recommends halving the area devoted to lawns in the continental United States—reducing water, pesticide and fertilizer use. Replace grass with plants that sustain more animal life, he says: “Every little bit of habitat helps.”

2. Remove invasive plants.  Introduced plants sustain less animal diversity than natives do. Worse, some exotics crowd out indigenous flora. Notable offenders: Japanese honeysuckle, Oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose, privet, english ivy, and kudzu. Herbicides may be necessary as a last resort.

3. Create no-mow zones.  Many native caterpillars drop from a tree’s canopy to the ground to complete their life cycle. Put a native ground cover such as Virginia creeper (not English ivy, since it is invasive) or leave the leaves around the base of a tree to accommodate the insects. Birds will benefit, as well as moths and butterflies.

4. Equip outdoor lights with motion sensors.  White lights blazing all night can disturb animal and insect behavior. LED devices use less energy, and yellow light attracts fewer flying insects.

5. Plant keystone species.  Among native plants, some contribute more to the food web than others. Native oak, cherry, cottonwood, maple and hickory are several of the best tree choices. Goldenrod, Joe-pye weed, asters, sunflowers, evening primrose and violets are among the plants that support beleaguered native bees and other pollinators.

6. Fight mosquitoes with bacteria.  Inexpensive packets containing Bacillus thuringiensis can be placed in drains and other wet sites where mosquitoes hatch. Unlike pesticide sprays, the bacteria inhibit mosquitoes but not other insectsType your paragraph here.

Bottlebrush Buckeye June Blooms

One of the books recommended by Eric Bridges at the 9.4.19 Urban Forestry Advisor Class held  at Memphis Botanic Garden

One of the books recommended by Deb Foehring at the 9.4.19 Urban Forestry Advisor Class.


Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

The Ecological  Necessity of  Preserving  The Amazon Forest:



Volunteers planted 14 trees in four yards and the Glenview Arboretum 1.18.20.  Trees were donated by R. Beckwith,  the Wolf River Conservancy, & The Memphis Tree Board.

Winter Tree I D with Bo & Linnea at MBG: I D  by  form, bud, bark

 2020 Upcoming OPPORTUNITIES to Earn Volunteer hours
contact volunteer coordinator : J. Castillo to volunteer
             send volunteer hours to Judi Shellabarger                                                       Remember, you can count meetings & lecture  attendance

Use the link below to record volunteer hours within 7 days.


2020 Volunteer Options sent  via e-mail  8.19 & 8.20

sign up to hear Eric Bridges'9.8.20 -6:00 pm 

Tree Talk on the Importance of Tree Canopy.


Spanish American War Park Mulch & Remove Invasives
sponsor: Judi Shellabarger (Cooper Young Association)

Friday, Sept. 11th.                                 9:00-1100 a.m.        mulch, remove invasive plants & 2 small trees
sign up with Jan ---limited to 8

Memphis Botanic Garden:  WOODLAND Invasive Plant Removal to Protect Out Native Trees , Shrubs, & Plants  

  • Friday, September 4th, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Friday, October 2nd, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (CT)
  • Friday, November 6th, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Friday, December 4th, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Must be registered -- limited # of participants

dates:  https://serve.volunteerodyssey.com/event/199461

 Historical  ELMWOOD  CEMETERY:                              Adopt Recently  Planted Trees for Weekly  Summer Watering 

  Contact Amanda Knight at Elmwood. Make your own  schedule,                                      

 Evaluate this  extensive field guide from the Missouri Department of Conservation:  


Click on this this link  to sign up for Under the Oaks Newsletters from MBG Arboretum: TUFC Center for Excellence -- recent articles written by Linnea West


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https://www.tufc.com/    Tennessee Urban Forestry Council website


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Use Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants  Ed. 6 for establishing an arboretum


Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/fsa-7086.pdf

OVERTON PARK's 'OLD FOREST Recognized as "Ancient Forests that have Defied Urbanization https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-ancient-forests-that-have-defied-urbanization

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council