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Jim Cortese is the Resident Lorax of Tennessee.  If you have a problem with or question about trees, Jim has an answer for you!

 

Introduction:

Jim Cortese

01. Education & Work Experience

  • Education
    University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN – B.S., Forest Resource Management 1973–1976
  • Arboricultural Consulting Academy – American Society of Consulting Arborists 2002
  • Extensive private study in forestry, entomology, and related areas 1977 – Present
    WORK EXPERIENCE
      • Summer 1973 E.L. Bruce Hardwood Flooring Company, Memphis TN
      • Summer 1974 U.S. Forest Service- Six Rivers National Forest, Gasquet, CA
      • Summer 1975 University of Tennessee – Forestry Summer Camp
      • Summer 1976 U.S. Forest Service- Gallatin National Forest, Big Timber, MT
      • 1977 – 2013 Cortese Tree Specialists, Inc. –President, Knoxville, TN
        1977 – Present Tree Injection Products Company, Inc. (TIPCO) – President, Knoxville TN
        1979 – Present 331 Consulting Reports and Appraisals
        1979 – Present Expert Witness – 48 Depositions and/or Court Cases.

    02. Professional Memberships

    • International Society of Arboriculture (I.S.A.) since 1977
    • Southern Chapter I.S.A.- member since 1977
    • American Forestry Association (Lifetime Member since 1979)
    • Tree Care Industry Association – member since 1980
    • East Tennessee Horticulture and Landscape Association (Past President – 1986)
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      • University of Tennessee Arboretum Society (Lifetime Member since 1990)
      • Tennessee Urban Forestry Council – member since 1993 (past president, founding Board member)
      • Knoxville Tree Board 1991 – 2003 (Founding member, Chairman for 10 years)
      • American Society of Consulting Arborists – member since 2001
      • Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum – Board of Directors – 2001 to 2010; Founding member
      • Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum – Vice President 2001 – 2005
      • Old Gray Cemetery – Board of Directors – 2008 – Present
      • Historic Mabry-Hazen Home – Board of Directors – 2011 – 2017

    03. Licensing, Certifications & Awards

    • 1991  – Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Enterpriser of the Month
    • 1994  – International Society of Arboriculture – Certified Arborist #SO-0241 A
    • 1995 – National Arborist Foundation-Certificate of Appreciation
    • 1996 – Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Private Arborist of the year
    • 2000 – Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Private Professional award
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      • 2005 International Society of Arboriculture – Board Certified Master Arborist #SO-0241 B
      • 2005 – Knoxville News Sentinel Environmental Achievement Award “Outstanding Achievement by a Business”
      • 2007 – Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Green Industry Award
      • 2007 – Tree Care Industry Association – Accredited Tree Company Business Award
      • 2013 – Dogwood Arts Festival’s House & Garden recognition as a 35-year supporter
      • 1977 – Present – J. Mauget – Inject–a-cide B Certification
      • 1977 – Present – Tennessee Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator license for Forest Pest Control; Ornamental and Turf; Demonstration, Research and Regulatory

    Proven Success

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    04. Consultant

    Consultation Services Provided to:

    1. Auburn University, Auburn, AL; Toomers Corner Oaks
    2. Berea College, Berea, KY
    3. Belmont University, Nashville, TN
    4. Cherokee Golf & Country Club, Knoxville, TN
    5. City of Chattanooga, TN
    6. City of Cookeville, TN
    7. City of Farragut, TN
    8. City Gatlinburg, TN
    9. City of Jackson, TN
    10. City of Knoxville, TN
    11. City of Loudon, TN
    12. City of Morristown, TN
    13. City of Murfreesboro, TN
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    1. City of Oak Ridge, TN
    2. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN
    3. Holston Hills Golf & Country Club, Knoxville, TN
    4. Harmony Landing Golf & Country Club, Louisville, KY
    5. Laurel Valley Golf & Country Club, Pigeon Forge, TN
    6. Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
    7. Tennessee National Golf Course – Loudon County, TN
    8. Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, TN
    9. Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, TN
    10. The Honors Course, Ooltewah, TN
    11. Tusculum College, Greenville, TN
    12. University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
    13. University of Memphis, Memphis TN
    14. University of the South, Sewanee, TN
    15. University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, TN
    16. University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
    17. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    05. Speaker

    Sample of Selected Lectures and Speaking Engagements

    • TCIA Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, – October 2015
      • Thoughts on Plant Health Care
    • Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Orange Beach, AL – October 2014
      • 1) “Environmental Effects of Pesticides
      • 2) “Survey, Analysis, and Conclusions of 3 Knoxville Utility Board Circuits”3) “My Favorite Consulting Cases
      • University of Tennessee Tree Workshop, Knoxville, TN – July 2014
        • The Business Side of Tree Topping
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    • Carolina Tree Care, Charlotte, NC – January 2014
      • 1) “Plant Health Care Issues and Treatments – Diseases
      • 2) “Plant Health Care Issues and Treatments – Insects
    • University of Tennessee Arboretum Society – 2014
      • “Appraising the Value of the Harold Elmore Holly Collection”
    • Southern Chapter ISA, Memphis, TN – March 2013
      • Winning in Court with the Trunk Formula Method
    • Tennessee Green Industry Expo, Nashville, TN – January 2013
      • Tree care Treatments: Past, Present, and Future
    • GUFC College Canopy Conference, Lawrenceville, GA – Sept. 2012
      • Saving Auburn University’s Toomer Oaks
    • Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association – 2012
      • Tree Care Treatments: Past, Present, & Future “
    • Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Chattanooga, TN
    • “Treestory of Tennessee” – October 2010

    06. Writer

    Selected Publications

    • 2018 – Appraisal of the University of Tennessee Arboretum Holly Collection; ISA’s Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 44(5):224–228 
    • July 2018 – Achieving, and Foretelling of, a Long Life and Prosperity; Tree Care Industry Magazine 
    • 2017 – Spider-mites on Trees – What to do? There are options; LinkedIn    Apr,4, 
    • March 2017 – An Assessment of the Trees of S. E. Cuba; Tree Care Industry Magazine 
    • Dec – 2016 – Tree Growth Regulators – They are not all the Same; LinkedIn  
    • Winter 2009 – In Memory of All the Trees That Have Died in Vain; Southern Chapter – International Society of Arboriculture Newsletter
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    • Fall 2008 – A Sampling of Historic Georgia Trees; Southern Chapter – International Society of Arboriculture Newsletter
    •  2004 – National Champion Hollies; American Holly Society Journal – Vol. 22 (4)
    • Winter 1999 – Mimosa Memories Southern Chapter – International Society of Arboriculture Newsletter
    • 1995 – Preventative Tree Care for Golf Courses Through the Green, a publication of the Georgia Golf Course Association
    • 1987 – Mauget Products Manual for the Southeast

    Conference Speaker

    Many Tree Related Topics

    Expert Testimony

    Presenting Wealth of Knowledge in Court

    Mentor

    Working with upcoming Tree Experts

    Diagnostics

    Determining the Health Needs of Trees

    Investigation

    Identifying, Aging and Protecting Historic Trees

    Plant Appraisal

    Determing a tree’s value based on many factors

    Get In Touch

    Jim Cortese

    P.O.Box 6416

    Knoxville, TN  37914

    865-363-8736

    Jim@Tipco.Green