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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 4 of 4

  • ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37920 United States (map)

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