Red Mulberry Trees  Invite

  •  60 species of birds  to feast on their fruit
  •  colorful birds such as Indigo Bunting, Tanagers, & bluebirds
  •  20 different bird species dining on one  tree

                            the Mourning Cloak  butterfly whose                       caterpillars depend  on Mulberry leaves for larval food

more information:

Chapter Volunteers at 2020 Lichterman Birds & Seeds.

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

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

February Overton Park Tour with Eric & Richard


Learn more about Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

TN Arbor Day for Memphis  2020 

Overton Park

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.

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J. Castillo

These Eight Organizations are Fighting to Save Tree Across the Globe:

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

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.

The Ecological  Necessity of  Preserving  The Amazon Forest:

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 

VOLUNTEERS for Trees !

Tree Diseases

During the Pandemic, Unemployed Workers in Pakistan Have Been Hired to Plant Trees

  Tentaive    NEXT CHAPTER MEETINGThursday June   18, 2020        1:00        MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

educational speaker:  TBA

Photo by Bob Foehring

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



              West Tennessee Chapter: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council



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


 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.

You may want to download   inaturalist, a free i-phone app to i.d. plants & animals.  Personally, I skipped the log in, did not allow access to my photos or location. I swiped until I saw the  camera icon on the bottom menu bar. Use the camera icon to take a photo , then click on "what do you see- view suggestions."  You may need to research  suggestions  to get the accurate I D .  Decide on your own if you want to use it. It's educational & entertaining.

Explore your options at:

 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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West TN Chapter TN Urban Forestry Facebook

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council website

TUFC Facebook

Postponed -- date TBA   education: Wednesdays April 8 & April 22- 10:00 -noon Germantown   Name that Tree -- Wes Hopper leads a tour of Oaklawn Gardens 7831 Poplar Pike

Postponed -- date TBA-education: Germantown  Saturday April 11  Nature Hike w Wes Hopper        RIVERWOODS   meet at Kimbrough Entrance  -

Postponed -- date TBA   Saturday April 18: Volunteer to work with  with Gernantown Ranger Lindsay  with  students for Art In Nature----  journaling in the outdoor classroom -- Contact Linsey Dolan

Canceled -  Wednesday April 22:  U of M Earth Day  -education booth     details TBA

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

Can genetic engineering bring back the American Chestnut?

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 <>
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.

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.

OVERTON PARK's 'OLD FOREST Recognized as "Ancient Forests that have Defied Urbanization

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

L.Green Ash Fruit

R. White Ash Fruit

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Photo by Bob Foehring

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Organization Name: WTUFC       Organization Number:UX807

Kentucky Coffee Tree Bloom

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

Bark splits are one of the signs of EAB.

The Red Mulberry Tree  Feeds  Migratory & Local Bird Species