Nashville, TN (April 21, 2008)- The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) has asked for and received permission from the State to have a special automobile license plate for trees in Tennessee. The success is thanks in part to Representative Bill Dunn and Senator Rosalind Kurita who sponsored the legislation. With federal funding drying up swiftly, this auto tag is a necessary step to continue operations.
The funds received from this plate will help TUFC to continue many of their signature programs, such as the statewide certified arboretum program, Landmark and Historic Tree Register, partnership with the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, as well as jumpstart other initiatives like a memorial tree planting program with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and continuing education classes for professional arborists and private citizens.
Tags are $35 each, and TUFC must pre-sell 1,000 tags in one year. Please help TUFC by either ordering a tag or forwarding this information to contacts in Tennessee. As everyone knows, trees in our communities provide “tree”-mendous benefits from cleaner air and water, reduced energy consumption, stormwater mitigation to increased property values and economic development.
TUFC’s Public Relations committee is working on a design concept for the plate and a byline (Treasure Our Trees; Trees Make a Difference; etc.). Suggestions or help with either is appreciated, and questions may be directed to:
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council
Attn: Tennessee Tree Tag
6820 Cloudland Drive
Nashville, TN 37205