click the link to learn more how privet can be successfully challenged 

The Paw Paw Flower Blooms in  April


The White Ash Tree like the one above  is threatened. -L.  compound leaf  - information below on the Emerald Ash Borer.

 Look for signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees  Click the link below for more information on CMBS

Right:  Members volunteered to help Neighborhood Preservation INC plant 130 native trees.

Support our dwindling population of pollinators & other Insects---LEAVE THE LEAVES

TUFC Board Member Joellen Dimond presents the 2017 TUFC  Forestry Award for Citizen Activist to UFA Member Eartha Reaves.


 Join WTC:TUFC & TUFC  for 2018

  • Pay on link below-- $50.00 to TUFC: $10.00 returned for chapter dues:
  • If you have paid  $10.00  to  treasurer Wes Hopper  for local dues--- mail a  $40.00 check for TUFC dues  to
  • TUFC  P.O Box 58443 Nashville, TN 37205

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.

CONGRATULATIONS  to the Shelby County 4-H Forestry Teams led by Weida Ringley & Melisa Knirr!  The High School Forestry Team placed 2nd in the 2017 Tennessee  state competition. Team members from left to right, David Hindman, Rebecca Pyburn, Jonathan Pyburn, and Mack Hindman.

Jim Volgas points out the the  included bark on co-dominant branches, Included bark signals

weak attachment that is prone to separate.


Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

The Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle is  the natural predator of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale.

              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

 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  for volunteer hours.
JOIN  the FUN -- Become a Team Leader for Memphis City Beautiful's Plant the Parkways

East Parkway Planting 2 @ Parking/Staging Location: Lindenwood Christian Church
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

North Parkway Planting 1 @ Snowden School
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

3rd Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk
Cooper-Young Goes Native” showcasing Native Plants in urban settings
May 19-20, 2018 from 9 am- 5 pm: educational booth

Volunteers from our chapter have helped the Memphis Tree Board take a survey of the Parkways for Memphis City Beautiful's Plant the Parkways Project

ClickABOUT in the menu bar to learn more

about the chapter,  TN Arboretum establishment,  how to become a Tree Sanctuary,, Historical & Landmark Trees , chapter bylaws &  etc.

Family Plot producer Peter Richards receives the 2017 TUFC Media award from Joellen Dimond.

website updated



J. Castillo

Next Meeting:   1:00 Thursday June  21, 2018  

   Memphis Botanic Garden      educational segment: TBA

Chapter volunteers serve as team leaders for "Plant the Parkways"

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

Saucer Magnolias in bloom 

2018 President Paul was one of the chapter volunteers for the Martin Luther Kink Day of Service . sponsors: Neighborhood Preservation  Inc., Clean Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful

Chapter  & Memphis Tree Board volunteers with Mayor Strickland &  retired Parks Director Janet Hooks  at Plant  the Parkways Celebrates TN Arbor Day 3.3.18

Chapter members helped volunteers pot  over 4,000 native trees @ Wolf River Conservancy's Annual Tree Planting at Shelby Farms


Re-register every January --$upport our chapter: Get your Kroger card & sign up for the  2017  Kroger Community Awards Program  (must re-enroll each year

Enter organization’s number 95352,  or   WTUFC

How do I know if I have an ash tree?

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.