Volunteer Forester Certification Program (1st of 4 Sessions)
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (1st of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 1: Introduction to Trees Knoxville & Knoxville’s Urban Forest

Tom Welborn, Trees Knoxville (1 hour)
Dr. McKinney, University of Tennessee (1 hour)
Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (1 hour)

Class Outline:
1.  Ice Breaker and Introductions
2.  Become familiar with Trees Knoxville’s mission and programs
3. Comprehend the ecological/geographical elements of East Tennessee and what makes it unique. 
4. Understand climatic patterns and variations to better plant and care for trees. 
5. Recognize the trees, soils, land features and wildlife of East Tennessee. 
6. Better associate and identify Knoxville’s natural communities and dominant trees. 
7. Define native species and know the value and importance of biological diversity. 
8. Understand the diverse values (goods & services) of trees and the urban forest including the
environmental, social, and economic values. 
9. Understand Knoxville’s Canopy Cover at the County, City, and Neighborhood level
10. Understand the major threats of Knoxville’s and Knox County’s urban forest. 

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Full syllabus with all four dates, times, locations, and class outlines.

All attendees must register HERE.
$50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

Questions?  Call 865-356-0470 or treesknoxville@gmail.com

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (2nd of 4 Sessions)
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (2nd of 4 Sessions)

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 2: Tree Selection and Proper Tree Planting
At the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (3 hours)

Students will:

  1. Recognize the characteristics of a favorable and unfavorable tree selection.

  2. Comparison of Bare Root, Containerized, and B&B Trees

  3. Understand tree planting & care techniques

    • When is it best to plant and why

    • Select tools and equipment

    • Proper planting and staking technique

    • Proper mulching and re-establishing mulch rings

    • Caring for trees after planting

  4. Planting demonstrations

  5. Recognize soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth

  6. Assess overhead utilities and recognize how to avoid future conflicts with trees and utilities

  7. Site Assessment and how to avoid conflicts with pedestrians, vehicles, and other structures

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Full syllabus with all four dates, times, locations, and class outlines.

All attendees must register HERE.

$50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

Questions?  Call 865-356-0470 or treesknoxville@gmail.com

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (3rd of 4 Sessions)
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (3rd of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

Sam Adams, University of Tennessee Arborist
Kasey Krouse, Knoxville Urban Forester (30 Minutes)
Outdoor Pruning Activity- (2 Hours)

Students will:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need pruning.

  2. Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure.

  3. Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning.

    • What to prune: dead stuff, stubs, suckers, low branches, branches with narrow crotch angles, rubs, crowded branches, hazardous branches

    • Learning the correct way to remove branches & different methods (cuts, what to prune first, the 30% rule, etc.)

    • Select Tools and PPE

  4. Recognize different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes

  5. Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public.

  6. Understand structural pruning for young trees (Outdoor pruning activity)

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Full syllabus with all four dates, times, locations, and class outlines.

All attendees must register HERE.

$50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

Questions?  Call 865-356-0470 or treesknoxville@gmail.com

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (4th of 4 Sessions)
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (4th of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 4: Tree Health and Invasive Species
At Beardsley Farm

TBA (1.5 Hours)- Outdoors
Kitty McCrackin (1.5 Hours)

Students will:
1. Understand and recognize the difference between stressed and healthy trees. 
2. Understand basic diagnostic procedures. 
3. Define primary and secondary problems. 
4. Become familiar with common pests and diseases, their identification, and control. 
5. Understand basic soil properties and how urban trees react to different conditions. 
6. Know when to fertilize and amend sites
7. Understand basic invasive species terminology and know why plants are native, exotic, 
invasive, and naturalized. 
8. Know the environmental, social, and economic consequences to invasive plant invasions. 
9. Be introduced to invasive plant and restoration ecology principals and the characteristics that make invasive plants successful and hard to control. 
10. Learn about invasive plant solutions at the local level and how to manage invasive species in an urban setting
11. Recognize invasive plants impacting Knoxville’s urban forest.
12. Understand Different Methods (Chemical, Mechanical, Cultural, and Biological) for
controlling invasive species

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Full syllabus with all four dates, times, locations, and class outlines.

All attendees must register HERE.

 $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

Questions?  Call 865-356-0470 or treesknoxville@gmail.com

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Tree Planting: Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting: Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees Knoxville, in partnership with the Knoxville Botanical Garden, will help create a grove of native trees that will support native pollinating insects and animals.

We will plant nearly 40 trees along the KBG Loop Trail.

The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome, so extend this invitation to family and friends. 30 Volunteer Tree Planters needed. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register Here to Volunteer!

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Sequoyah Hills Tree Walk Pint Night
Feb
19
5:00 PM17:00

Sequoyah Hills Tree Walk Pint Night

  • Sequoyah Hills Park (in the west parking lot) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join Trees Knoxville for a tree identification walk in Sequoyah Hills Park. Kasey Krouse, the city's Urban Forester, will lead the group in identifying tree species of the area and the characteristics unique to these trees. We should finish the walk by 6:30pm and then we'll head to Bearden Beer Market for tree talk and pints. We encourage participation in both events, but if you can't make the tree walk we'd love to see you afterward at Bearden Beer Market for the pint night. Come show your support and make The Lorax proud.

Tree ID walk from 5pm—6:30pm, meet in the West Parking Lot of Sequoyah Hills Park
Tree Talk & Pints from 6:30—8:30, meet at Bearden Beer Market

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TAEP Grant Tree Planting: Burwell Avenue
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

TAEP Grant Tree Planting: Burwell Avenue

  • Oakwood United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Trees Knoxville in partnership with the City of Knoxville, and help plant 50 trees along Burwell Avenue. We hope to recruit 25 to 30 volunteers to help with this planting from 9 AM until noon—or until the last tree is planted.

The trees have been purchased with funds from the 2018 Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program (TAEP) grant and with support from City funds provided by Councilmember Finbarr Saunders. This planting targets an area identified by the City’s urban forester as lacking sufficient tree canopy. The original canopy of this area was lost overtime, possibly from neglect, pests, or urban encroachment. These trees will be a key component in giving these areas the canopy and tree infrastructure important for pollution abatement, energy savings, urban heat island abatement, improved water quality, and increased climate resiliency, as well as enhancing neighborhood aesthetics and property values.

Volunteers should wear appropriate shoes for planting and dress accordingly. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. We hope that you’ll join us.

 

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Tree Give-Away
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Give-Away

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees Knoxville announces its first Tree Give-away of 2019! The give-away is open to residents and businesses of Knoxville and Knox County, who can get up to five free trees of different species for their private property.  A variety of native trees species are available:  Black Gum, Redbud, Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Swamp White Oak, and Tulip Poplar. All are one-gallon.

Tree Give Away will be held inside and is thus rain or shine.

First come, first served as long as supplies last.

Trees Knoxville also thanks the Knoxville Botanical Garden for sharing its grounds for this event.

Special Note regarding the Location: Tree Give Away will be held at the Botanical Garden’s Mule Barn. Please use the Boyd's Bridge Pike entrance to the Knoxville Botanical Garden--not the Wimpole Ave entrance/parking lot.

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Holiday Tree Walk
Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Tree Walk

  • Market Square (at the Oak Trees) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kasey Krouse, the City of Knoxville’s Urban Forester, will lead an evening tree walk under the holiday lights in downtown Knoxville. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about City of Knoxville Urban Forestry Practices in downtown and how trees are managed in this harsh urban environment.

Tree Walk will be followed by a visit to a to-be-decided upon downtown establishment for warm or frosty beverages and food.

This event is free but donations for Trees Knoxville are welcomed. We hope you’ll join us!

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Pint Night for Trees
Dec
13
5:00 PM17:00

Pint Night for Trees

Join the Knoxville Volunteer Foresters for a Pint Night for Trees Knoxville at Hexagon Brewery. Funds generated will go to Trees Knoxville to continue its programs to protect, maintain and plant our urban forest.

Come join other tree huggers and talk about trees or just drink beer while supporting the urban canopy.

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Tree Give Away
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Give Away

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees Knoxville announces its 2018 3rd Annual Tree Give-way! The give-away is open to residents and businesses of Knoxville and Knox County, who can get up to three free trees for their private property.  A variety of native trees species are available:  Black Gum, Redbud, Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Swamp White Oak, and Tulip Poplar.

Tree Give Away will be held inside and is thus rain or shine.

First come, first served as long as supplies last.

Trees Knoxville also thanks the Knoxville Botanical Garden for sharing its grounds for this event.

Special Note regarding the Location: Tree Give Away will be held at the Botanical Garden’s Mule Barn. Please use the Boyd's Bridge Pike entrance to the Knoxville Botanical Garden--not the Wimpole Ave entrance/parking lot.

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Plant Trees & Shrubs at Meadow Creek
Aug
25
8:30 AM08:30

Plant Trees & Shrubs at Meadow Creek

  • 2801 Ball Camp Byington Rd Knoxville, TN 37931-3818 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM AUG. 18 TO AUG. 25 DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR RAIN. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE. Volunteers needed to plant 70 shrubs and small trees along Meadow Creek at the Alliance Soccer Park. No experience needed and family-friendly. Tools will be provided. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring water. For more info, contact stormwater@knoxcounty.org and 865-215-5540. Hosted by Knox County Stormwater Management.

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (4th of 4 Sessions)
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (4th of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 4: Tree Health and Invasive Species
Location TBA

TBA (1.5 Hours)- Outdoors
TBA (1.5 Hours)- Outdoors

Students will:
1. Understand and recognize the difference between stressed and healthy trees. 
2. Understand basic diagnostic procedures. 
3. Define primary and secondary problems. 
4. Become familiar with common pests and diseases, their identification, and control. 
5. Understand basic soil properties and how urban trees react to different conditions. 
6. Know when to fertilize and amend sites
7. Understand basic invasive species terminology and know why plants are native, exotic, 
invasive, and naturalized. 
8. Know the environmental, social, and economic consequences to invasive plant invasions. 
9. Be introduced to invasive plant and restoration ecology principals and the characteristics that make invasive plants successful and hard to control. 
10. Learn about invasive plant solutions at the local level and how to manage invasive species in an urban setting
11. Recognize invasive plants impacting Knoxville’s urban forest.
12. Understand Different Methods (Chemical, Mechanical, Cultural, and Biological) for
controlling invasive species

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Follow this link for dates, places, course description, and list of instructors for the sessions.

All attendees must register. $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (3rd of 4 Sessions)
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (3rd of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

TBA Speaker (30 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, Knoxville Urban Forester (30 Minutes)
Outdoor Pruning Activity- (2 Hours)


Students will:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need pruning.

  2. Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure.

  3. Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning.

    • What to prune: dead stuff, stubs, suckers, low branches, branches with narrow crotch angles, rubs, crowded branches, hazardous branches

    • Learning the correct way to remove branches & different methods (cuts, what to prune first, the 30% rule, etc.)

    • Select Tools and PPE

  4. Recognize different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes

  5. Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public.

  6. Understand structural pruning for young trees (Outdoor pruning activity)

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Follow this link for dates, places, course description, and list of instructors for the sessions.

All attendees must register. $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (2nd of 4 Sessions)
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (2nd of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 2: Tree Selection and Proper Tree Planting
Location TBA

Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (1 hour)
TBA (2 hours)-Outdoors


Students will:

  1. Recognize the characteristics of a favorable and unfavorable tree selection.

  2. Comparison of Bare Root, Containerized, and B&B Trees

  3. Understand tree planting & care techniques

  4. When is it best to plant and why

  5. Select tools and equipment

  6. Proper planting and staking technique

  7. Proper mulching and re-establishing mulch rings

  8. Caring for trees after planting

  9. Planting demonstrations

  10. Recognize soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth

  11. Assess overhead utilities and recognize how to avoid future conflicts with trees and utilities

  12. Site Assessment and how to avoid conflicts with pedestrians, vehicles, and other structures

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Follow this link for dates, places, course description, and list of instructors for the sessions.

All attendees must register. $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (1st of 4 Sessions)
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Forester Certification Program (1st of 4 Sessions)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 1: Introduction to Trees Knoxville & Knoxville’s Urban Forest

Tom Welborn, Trees Knoxville (45 Minutes)
TBA Speaker (45 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (1.5 hours)- outdoors

Students will:
1.  Ice Breaker and Introductions (15 minutes)
2.  Become familiar with Trees Knoxville’s mission and programs (30 minutes)
3. Comprehend the ecological/geographical elements of East Tennessee and what makes it unique. 
4. Understand climatic patterns and variations to better plant and care for trees. 
5. Recognize the trees, soils, land features and wildlife of East Tennessee. 
6. Better associate and identify Knoxville’s natural communities and dominant trees. 
7. Define native species and know the value and importance of biological diversity. 
8. Understand the diverse values (goods & services) of trees and the urban forest including the
environmental, social, and economic values. 
9. Understand Knoxville’s Canopy Cover at the County, City, and Neighborhood level
10. Understand the major threats of Knoxville’s and Knox County urban forest. 

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Follow this link for dates, places, course description, and list of instructors for the sessions.

All attendees must register. $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)

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250K Tree Day: Tree Giveaway
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

250K Tree Day: Tree Giveaway

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PLEASE NOTE: The location of this event HAS BEEN MOVED and will now take place at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

On February 24, 2018, 50,000 volunteers across the state of Tennessee will collect 250K trees to plant.  This single day event emphasizes the Tennessee Environmental Council's vision of "A Tennessee that embraces natural resources as the backbone of our communities, economy, and quality of life for all present and future generations."

Trees Knoxville will serve as one of several distributors of the saplings in Knoxville. Dogwoods or hawthorns, red oaks, redbuds, and yellow poplar white pines will be available. To reserve your free saplings, we encourage you to register ahead of time on this website. When checking out, choose Trees Knoxville or any of the other seven Knoxville pickup locations. Pick up your sapling/s on 2/24 between 9AM and noon, plant your tree that day, and be a part of this statewide movement to green Tennessee!

A big thank you to the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum for hosting Trees Knoxville for this event.

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Tree Planting: Lonsdale and Parkridge
Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting: Lonsdale and Parkridge

Join Trees Knoxville for our next tree planting! Up to 50 volunteers are needed to plant trees in Parkridge and Lonsdale. Click here to Register. 

 

Victor Ashe Park Tree Planting
30 Volunteer Tree Planters Needed!
Saturday, March 2 9:am - Noon

Trees Knoxville, in partnership with the Knoxville Disc Golf Association, will plant 19 trees around disc golf pads and 10 along a walking path.

The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome, so extend this invitation to family and friends.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Tree Give-Away
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Give-Away

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees Knoxville announces its 2017 2nd Annual Tree Give-way! The give-away is open to residents and businesses of Knoxville and Knox County, who can get up to five free trees for their private property.  A variety of native trees species are available:  Overcup Oak, Sweetgum, Redbud, Sugar Maple and Persimmon.

The opportunity for Trees Knoxville to give away trees is made possible through its membership in the Alliance for Community Trees and partnership with CSX Transportation.  Trees Knoxville also thanks the Knoxville Botanical Garden for sharing its grounds for this event.

Special Note regarding the Location: Use the Boyd's Bridge Pike entrance to the Knoxville Botanical Garden--not the Wimpole Ave entrance.

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 4 of 4
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 4 of 4

Session 4: Tree Health and Invasive Species

Nick St. Sevier, Cortese Tree Specialist (1.5Hours)- Outdoors
Kitty McKracken, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1.5 Hours)- Outdoors

Students will:

1. Understand and recognize the difference between stressed and healthy trees.

2. Understand basic diagnostic procedures.

3. Define primary and secondary problems.

4. Become familiar with common pests and diseases, their identification, and control.

5. Understand basic soil properties and how urban trees react to different conditions.

6. Know when to fertilize and amend sites

7. Understand basic invasive species terminology and know why plants are native, exotic, invasive, and naturalized.

8. Know the environmental, social, and economic consequences to invasive plant invasions.

9. Be introduced to invasive plant and restoration ecology principals and the characteristics that make invasive plants successful and hard to control.

10. Learn about invasive plant solutions at the local level and how to manage invasive species in an urban setting

11. Recognize invasive plants impacting Knoxville’s urban forest.

12. Understand Different Methods (Chemical, Mechanical, Cultural, and Biological) for controlling invasive species

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 3 of 4
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 3 of 4

  • City of Knoxville Public Service Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

Sam Adams, University of Tennessee Arborist (30 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, Knoxville Urban Forester (30 Minutes)
Outdoor Pruning Activity (2 Hours)

Students will:

1. Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need pruning.

2. Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure.

3. Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning.

  • What to prune: dead stuff, stubs, suckers, low branches, branches with narrow crotch angles, rubs, crowded branches, hazardous branches
  • Learning the correct way to remove branches & different methods (cuts, what to prune first, the 30% rule, etc.)
  • Select Tools and PPE

4. Recognize different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes

5. Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public.

6. Understand structural pruning for young trees (Outdoor pruning activity)

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Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 2 of 4
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 2 of 4

Session 2: Tree Selection and Proper Tree Planting

Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (1 hour)
Preston Roberts, Ironwood Tree Care (2 hours--outdoors)

Students will:

1.       Recognize the characteristics of a favorable and unfavorable tree selection.
2.       Comparison of Bare Root, Containerized, and B&B Trees
3.       Understand tree planting & care techniques:

  • When is it best to plant and why
  • Select tools and equipment
  • Proper planting and staking technique
  • Proper mulching and re-establishing mulch rings
  • Caring for trees after planting

4.       Planting demonstrations
5.       Recognize soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth
6.       Assess overhead utilities and recognize how to avoid future conflicts with trees and utilities
7.       Site Assessment and how to avoid conflicts with pedestrians, vehicles, and other structures

 

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 1 of 4
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 1 of 4

Session 1: Introduction to Trees Knoxville & Knoxville’s Urban Forest

Tom Wellborn, Trees Knoxville (45 Minutes)
Michael McKinney, University of Tennessee (45 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (1.5 hours)- outdoors

Students will:

1.       Ice Breaker and Introductions (15 minutes)

2.       Become familiar with Trees Knoxville’s mission and programs (30 minutes)

3. Comprehend the ecological/geographical elements of East Tennessee and what makes it unique.

4. Understand climatic patterns and variations to better plant and care for trees.

5. Recognize the trees, soils, land features and wildlife of East Tennessee.

6. Better associate and identify Knoxville’s natural communities and dominant trees.

7. Define native species and know the value and importance of biological diversity.

8. Understand the diverse values (goods & services) of trees and the urban forest including the environmental, social, and economic values.

9. Understand Knoxville’s Canopy Cover at the County, City, and Neighborhood level

10. Understand the major threats of Knoxville’s and Knox County urban forest.

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Trees Knoxville Downtown Tree Walk
Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Trees Knoxville Downtown Tree Walk

Join City of Knoxville Urban Forester Kasey Krouse for Trees Knoxville's first Downtown Tree Walk. Improve your tree identification skills at this free event.

Meet on the Emory Place lawn, located at the corner of Emory Place and N. Gay Street. Street parking is available.

A big thanks to the Crafty Bastard Brewery for offering $1 off a brew to everyone who participates in the walk!

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 5 of 5
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 5 of 5

  • City of Knoxville Public Service Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Session 5: Invasive Species and Volunteer Leadership

Kitty McKracken, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (45 Minutes)
Stephen Piers, Four Aims Forestry, LLC (45Minutes)
Tom Welborn, Trees Knoxville (30 Minutes)
Leadership Activity- 1 Hour

Students will:
1. Understand basic invasive species terminology and know why plants are native, exotic, invasive, and naturalized.
2. Know the environmental, social, and economic consequences to invasive plant invasions.
3. Be introduced to invasive plant and restoration ecology principals and the characteristics that make invasive plants successful and hard to control.
4. Learn about invasive plant solutions from the national, state, and local levels and who the players are.
5. Recognize invasive plants impacting Knoxville’s urban forest.
6. Understand Different Methods (Chemical, Mechanical, Cultural, and Biological) for controlling invasive species
7. Understand basic chemicals and applications that target specific species.
8. Proper PPE and Equipment for applying herbicides
9. Leading volunteers and putting it all together
10. Expectations for Volunteer Leaders (Safety and Education)

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 4 of 5
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 4 of 5

Session 4: Tree Health: Diagnostics, Disease, Insects, and Soil

David Vandergriff, University of Tennessee Extension (1 Hour)
David Dunn, Cortese Tree Specialist (1 Hour)
Campus Walk Identifying Hazards and Pest Issues (1 Hour)

Students will:
1. Understand and recognize the difference between stressed and healthy trees.
2. Understand basic diagnostic procedures.
3. Define primary and secondary problems.
4. Recognize a hazard tree.
5. Become familiar with common pests and diseases, their identification, and control.
6. Understand basic soil properties and how urban trees react to different conditions.
7. Know when to fertilize and amend sites
8. Become familiar with local resources and services that support citizen tree care.

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 3 of 5
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 3 of 5

  • City of Knoxville Public Service Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

Sam Adams, University of Tennessee Arborist (45 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, Knoxville Urban Forester (45 Minutes)
Outdoor Pruning Activity- (1.5 Hours)

Students will:
1. Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need pruning.
2. Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure.
3. Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning:

  • What to prune: dead stuff, stubs, suckers, low branches, branches with narrow crotch angles, rubs, crowded branches, hazardous branches.
  • Learning the correct way to remove branches & different methods (cuts, what to prune first, the 30% rule, etc.) 
  • Select Tools and PPE

4. Recognize different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes
5. Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public.
6. Understand structural pruning for young trees (Outdoor pruning activity)

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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 1 of 5
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 1 of 5

Session 1: Introduction to Trees Knoxville & Knoxville’s Urban Forest

  1. Tom Wellborn, Trees Knoxville (1 Hour)
  2. Michael McKinney, University of Tennessee (30 Minutes)
  3. Outdoor Activity (1 hour)
  4. Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (30 Minutes)
  5. Outdoor walk with speakers (1 Hour)

Students will:

1. Become familiar with Trees Knoxville’s mission and programs (Ice Breaker)
2. Comprehend the ecological/geographical elements of East Tennessee and what makes it unique.
3. Understand climatic patterns and variations to better plant and care for trees.
4. Recognize the trees, soils, land features and wildlife of East Tennessee.
5. Better associate and identify Knoxville’s natural communities and dominant trees.
6. Define native species and know the value and importance of biological diversity.
7. Understand the diverse values (goods & services) of trees and the urban forest including the environmental, social, and economic values.
8. Understand Knoxville’s Canopy Cover at the County, City, and Neighborhood level
9. Understand the major threats of Knoxville’s and Knox County urban forest.

 

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Tree Giveaway
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Giveaway

  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees Knoxville, in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation, CVX Transportation, and the Alliance for Community Trees, is giving away trees to the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. Redbuds, Sugar Maples, Shumard Oaks, and Tulip Poplars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plant yours and help green our community.

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