Tree Workshop Dedicated to Pat Imperato to be Held at UT Arboretum

November 3, 2016

The City of Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board, in partnership with the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (UT FRREC), will present a Tree Workshop on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

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. She passed away in October, but spent the last several years spearheading work on a “Tree Plan” for Oak Ridge. Imperato was also an outspoken proponent for proper stewardship of city and private lands and was interested in community education and outreach.

The event planned in her memory is designed for homeowners and business owners interested in the selection, care and maintenance of landscaping. The gate will open at 8 a.m. and light refreshments will be available from 8:30 a.m. 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 will feature two sessions, with attendees choosing between 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 Extension Agent, demonstrating how to properly prune your trees; and Jerome Grant, a UT Entomologist, discussing how to control the Emerald Ash Borer, 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, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 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. Workshops conclude at noon and will take place rain or shine.

The City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Management program also shares in Pat Imperato’s 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 AgResearchandEducation Center, and will conclude with a guided tour of the Harold Elmore Holly Collection. More information about this event can be found on the UT Arboretum website:

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.