TTU horticulture professor Douglas Airhart receives state urban forestry award

Douglas Airhart, horticulture professor at Tennessee Tech University, has been recognized for his commitment to sound urban forestry practices throughout the state and beyond.

Airhart received the 2008 President’s Award from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, an award given to him because of his service to TUFC and his commitment to urban forestry, with an emphasis on quality plant material and proper tree maintenance practices.

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council was established in 1991 as a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve as an advisory body to promote healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee by providing leadership and assistance through education, planning, advocacy and collaboration.

Since 1997, Airhart has served as secretary of TUFC. His commitment to urban forestry also includes being a cadre for the Municipal Forestry Institute, a founding member of the Cookeville Tree Board, an urban forestry consultant for three Upper Cumberland towns, as well as developing Tennessee nursery grades and standards.

He is a certified arborist and municipal specialist with the International Society of Arboriculture and is registered as a proctor and tree worker evaluator.

His work also includes numerous articles for publication, presentations at regional, statewide and national conferences and workshops, and he is the creator and author of the web site.