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Get to know Tennessee's notable trees

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Get to know the importance of the “Notable Trees of Tennessee,” an American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge exhibit featuring photographs of 36 trees selected for the Landmark and Historic Tree Register and
the Champion Tree Program.

The Tennessee Urban Forestry traveling photographic exhibition opens Sept. 16.

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, established in 1991, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to public awareness and to understanding and improving Tennessee's urban forests.

The council worked with the state’s professional and amateur photographers, who volunteered their time and expertise for this unique traveling exhibition, which is on view through Nov. 6 in the museum lobby.

Tennessee is abundant with trees noted for their beauty, size, longevity and historical distinctions.

This exhibit showcases trees from the council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry Champion Tree Program.

The Landmark and Historic Tree Register recognizes trees for historical, geographical or cultural significance.

The Champion Tree Program recognizes the largest known trees statewide for each species, several of which are also national champions.

Although many of these significant trees have stood for more than a century as witnesses to the history and development of the state, the long-term viability of our urban trees may be in jeopardy.

Large trees are true champions in their capacity to mitigate environmental problems such as air pollution and storm-water runoff, but they are still vulnerable to the many challenges of the urban environment.

Today's urban areas require that planning ahead for beautiful trees. Appropriate site and tree selection; proper arbor care; best management practices for insect and disease control; and smart growth to offset urban sprawl are all important.

This exhibit was made possible with funding from the Tennessee Department of Agricultures's Agricultural Development Fund through the sale of "AG TAG" specialty license plates and the statewide membership of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

For more information on the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and future locations of the “Notable Trees of Tennessee” traveling exhibition, visit www.tufc.com.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 65 and older, and $3 for students ages 6-17; children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations.

For more information on the American Science of Museum and its exhibits, programs and activities, go online to www.amse.org.

To schedule a group visit, call the museum at 865-576-3200.