​​Workshop Dedicated to Pat Imperato, a Local Environmentalist

Forest Canopy, UT Arboretum

The City of Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board in partnership with the University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center will present a Tree Workshop on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. The event is designed for East Tennessee homeowners and business owners interested in the selection, care and maintenance of landscaping. Image courtesy UTIA.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The City of Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board in partnership with the University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center will present a Tree Workshop on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. The event is designed for East Tennessee homeowners and business owners interested in the selection, care and maintenance of landscaping and will take place rain or shine.

A number of local experts will be on hand to lead workshop sessions. Attendees may choose between two sessions to hear about three topics of interest. The first session will include Kasey Krouse, a Knoxville Arborist, describing how to select the right tree for a particular location; David Vandergriff, a Knox County UT Extension Agent, demonstrating how to properly prune your trees; and Jerome Grant, a UT Entomologist, discussing how to control the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest causing a devastating infestation that is wiping out the ash trees in our area.

The second session features Tom Simpson, Regional Urban Forester, and Thomas Jennings, UT forestry graduate student, discussing a canopy study and forest management plan for the City of Oak Ridge; Jamie Herold, an ORNL Ecologist, discussing what to plant to encourage pollinators; and Greg Byrd, ORNL Reservation Forester, on how to control invasive plants and pests. Speakers will give their presentations in the Arboretum’s Auditorium, the Program Shelter and a large outdoor tent.

The gate will open at 8 a.m. and light refreshments will be available from 8:30 to 9 a.m., courtesy of the City of Oak Ridge. Directional signs will be posted along the one-way route up to the Arboretum Auditorium and UT FRREC staff will be onsite to direct and assist with parking.

The workshop is dedicated to the memory of Pat Imperato, a tireless champion of environmental issues, evident in her long history of contributions to the Environmental Quality Advisory Board and Keep Anderson County Beautiful. Imperato spent the last several years spearheading work on a “Tree Plan” for the City of Oak Ridge. She was also an outspoken proponent for proper stewardship of city and private lands and was interested in community education and outreach. The City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Management program also shares in these community outreach goals. Stormwater Management representatives will be on site with educational information for workshop attendees. Upon registration, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up on an email list to receive the Oak Ridge Tree Plan as soon as it becomes available.

The workshop will be opened by Kevin Hoyt, Director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, and will conclude with a guided tour of the Arboretum’s Harold Elmore Holly Collection.

More information about this event can be found on the Oak Ridge City website: http://www.oakridgetn.gov/  or the UT Arboretum website: http://forestry.tennessee.edu/
The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact:

Kevin Hoyt, Director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 865-483-3571