Christine Conley, Emily Bishop, Kim Halyak, and Judi Shellabarger (left to right) are taking classes at the Memphis Botanic Gardens to become certified as Urban Forestry Advisors. Cooper-Young is on its way to having a certified arboretum. For Cooper-Young to qualify for level one arboretum status we must identify and label 30 different species of trees. The trees must be examples of the current best management practices for planting, protecting, and maintaining trees. All this means the trees that are chosen for labeling need to be in an area that is appropriate for the health and long life of the tree and it is well cared for. The signs must be maintained and not cause any harm to the tree. The goal in pursuing the arboretum certification is to help celebrate the magnificent trees we have in Cooper-Young and to help educate the residents so that we continue to plant the trees that will be alive for the next generation to enjoy.
Do you have a great tree in your yard that you think deserves to be admired? We would love to hear from you. If you are interested in helping with this project or want information about planting a tree in Cooper-Young we would really love to hear from you. Contact Kim Halyak at 901-299-5887 or Emily Bishop at 901-210-6905. — Emily Bishop