Glenview  Community Day Camp : Forestry Lessons 
9:00- 11:00 a.m.  Wednesday June 19
9:00- 11:00 a.m.  Wednesday June 26
9:00- 11:00 a.m.  Wednesday July 17
Debbie Griste Evans & Janet Wehner have developed hands on lessons to engage students in fun learning activities.  "Glenview campers (120 of them) will be divided into 6 groups and will rotate through 6 centers. Each session will last 20 minutes"

Many of these lessons are based on the Project Learning Tree Manual. Contact Debbie Griste Evans to  teach youth about the importance of trees.


              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

The Bradford  Pear is most conspicuous when it blooms in late winter or early spring----- You can view its white blooms in mid to late March  across fields and highways nearby ---- take a drive on  highway 72 to gauge its unbelievable spread



educational speaker:TBA

 Join WTC:TUFC & TUFC  for 2019

  • 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

Recent Tree News


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

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

How do I know if I have an ash tree?

website updated



J. Castillo

The chinquapin was supposed to have been wiped out by blight. Now one determined Missouri naturalist is hand-pollinating trees in secret groves to bring it back.

Tree Diseases

2019 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

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

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

Landscaper's  Dream Tree Becomes Thorny Forest Nightmare

  • Bradford Pear is grafted  on Callery pear (intoduced to the U. S. from China in 1908)  root stock

  • In the early 1960's the National Arboretum released the Bradford Pear as a blight resistant sterile , attractive landscape plant ---- it was over planted

  • the Chinese  Callery pear root stock sends out suckers that produce flowers, and thorns

  • the blooms of the Callery Pear  are pollinated by bees,  the seed is spread by birds

  • now escaped into our forests & causing envirommemtal  disturbance  the  Bradford Pear is replacing  native trees and creating thorny thickets

  • Alternative Native Species: American Plum (Prunus americana), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

Read more about  the Bradford Pear Invasion


Fight for Our Pollinators-- Remove Privet --- see link on  "Removing Invasive Plants Make a Difference."

Tree Education @ U. of M. Earth Day

Memorial Park Tree Tour with Linnea & Bo

At Memphis City Beautiful giving TN ENV . Council Trees TLC


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.

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

Look for early signs of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on area trees 

 Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds

April Conifer Tours with Linnea & Bo -- (left )

Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale


Call Of The Forest –– The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees"  The Healing Power of Trees

Packaging Native  Bare Root Trees Increases their Survival Rate

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

In late  May at Memorial Park ,  larvae of the  Twice Stabbed Lady Beetle, the natural predator to Crape Myrtle Bark Scale,(CMBS) ,  was busy destroying the scale. Below the moving larvae is  the adult Twice Stabbed lady Beetle.

Overton Park Tree Tour with Eric Bridges & Richard Beckwith ( right)

above: Arboretum Tree  Mulching at Glenview Park in May,

Left: Planting trees for Glenview Parks Arboretum

Volunteers Help Michigan State Students plant trees in NPI's  Carnes Garden --- Re -Foresting Vacant  Lots


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.

Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

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.

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


2019 West Tennessee Commercial Horticulture Expo


     Agricenter International           7777 Walnut Grove Rd     Memphis

To register          contact Booker T. Leigh.                                        901-752-1207

Cooper Young April Arborertum Walk

with Judi &  Wes   (below)

Packaging TN Arbor Day Trees:  Memphis Botanic Garden

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