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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Silver Leaf Tree Planting
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Silver Leaf Tree Planting

  • Anniversary Lane Knoxville, TN, 37914 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seeking volunteers for Trees Knoxville's first tree planting event! Join us at the Silver Leaf Community on Anniversary Lane, Knoxville to help green this corner of our community. Let us know you are coming by RSVPing to treesknoxville@gmail.com or by signing up here. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by Trees Knoxville, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, and the Knoxville Urban Forestry Program.

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