Current Events & Issues 

The Current Events & Information section of the TFA website provides our members with the latest news, upcoming events and other information related to TFA.

Please check back often for event updates and important announcements

New on 08/15/2014 8/15/2014 Save the Date for the Woods & Wildlife Field Day

08/15/2014 -

To download the Woods & Wildlife Field Day E-Card, please click here. 

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8-13-2014 West Tennessee Chapter of the Society of American Foresters Forest Research Overview Gathering

08/13/2014 -

Attention Professional Foresters:  The West Tennessee Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, along with the Hobart Ames Plantation, is hosting the Forest Research Overview Gathering (FROG) on Tuesday, September 16th. This field day will feature some of the more recent forestry research, and offer an opportunity for professional exchange. The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch, and offers 5.5 continuing education credits. Slots are limited, so please register soon. See here for registration:  Please click here for FROG FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM

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06-13-2014~Another Great Year at Tennessee Forestry Camp!

06/13/2014 -

Tennessee Forestry Camp Director Tim Phelps reports another banner year for the camp held annually at Falls Creek Falls State Park.  The camp was held May 25 – 30.  2014 marks the 65th year for the camp.  This year, there were 56 Future Farmers of America students attending the week-long program.   Instructors for the camp include TN Division of Forestry staff, TFA industry representatives and Vocational-Agriculture teachers from across the state.

 

The “Tennessee Conservationist” Magazine published by the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation highlighted an article on Forestry Camp in the May/June edition.  In the article, TFA and our members were noted and thanked for the annual sponsorship of the camp.  The Tennessee Conservationist website can be accessed at http://www.tn.gov/environment/conservationist/.  To view a slideshow of camp activities check out TDF’s YouTube channel, for a direct link, point your browser to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix4-TWuLzqM.

 

TFA appreciates the work Tim Phelps and others do to make the annual Forestry Camp a fun and informative event for junior and senior FFA students each year.

 

 

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Tennessee Ag Insider 2014

03/28/2014 -

Please click the link below to see 2014 Tennessee Ag Insider...

http://farmflavor.com/magazine/tennessee-ag-insider-2014/

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USDA Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwood Forest Brochure

03/28/2014 -

Please click the link below to download the brochure...

USDA Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwood Forest Brochure

 

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2014 Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Days

03/18/2014 -

 

Click Here for the 2014 Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Days Brochure

Locations

April 12 - Natchez Trace State Forest
April 25 - Bledsoe State Forest
April 26 - Standing Stone State Forest

Registration

There is no fee associated with attending the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods field days. Please register in advance for meal purposes (but walk-ins are welcome). To register, call the Tennessee Forestry Association office in Nashville at (800) 893-7403. State the location you will be attending, the number in your party, plus your address and phone number or fill at the
registration form listed below.

The events will occur regardless of the weather.

This project is funded with
Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
support through an agreement with the
Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry.

Additional Sponsors include:
The Tennessee Forestry Association
The University of Tennessee Extension

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TFA Tree Day Schedule Announced….We Hope You Can Attend! Wednesday, March 12, 2014

02/25/2014 -

Members and staff of the Tennessee General Assembly look forward to “Tree Day at the Legislature” every year.  As TFA members distribute seedlings and coffee mugs, legislators and staff always tell stories of TFA seedlings planted years ago and how healthy the tree is now.  Legislators keep the coffee mugs in their offices and several legislators have shelves displaying TFA mugs from years past.  TFA also wants to thank the TN Division of Forestry for providing the seedlings every year.  The seedlings are grown at the TDF nursery and are always top quality and well received by our friends on Capitol Hill.

In 2014, TFA will be delivering willow oak seedlings, coffee mugs and forestry informational materials to the Governor, all members of the General Assembly, and staff.  TFA members will have the opportunity to have a photo made and say hello to Governor Haslam during the afternoon.  Also, ceremonies are scheduled to recognize Joey Grissom, Tennessee Master Logger of the Year and McNairy County Forest Landowners Association as CFA of the Year.

Bob and Cathie Ashby will be honored as Tennessee Tree Farmers of the Year during the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, March 18.  Also, Tree Farm Chairman Jon Boggs will say a few words on behalf of the Tree Farm Committee.

Also on March 12, the TFA legislative reception will be held at Puckett’s Restaurant, a couple of blocks from Legislative Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m.  We hope you will join TFA as we thank legislators for their support and continue to make our decision makers aware of the importance of the wood products industry and forest landowners to the economy, well being and quality of life in the Volunteer State.

If you plan to attend the Tree Day and/or Reception, please advise Lisa at TFA so staff can prepare a nametag in advance.  A TENTATIVE schedule is included below.  Please note the 10:00 a.m. seedling & mug delivery time and the reception at 5:00 p.m. are “set in stone”.  Legislative Committee meetings are subject to change, so a better idea on those times will be available a few days before March 12.

Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see you in Nashville on Wednesday, March 12!!!

TFA Tree Day at the Legislature (times are CT)

10:00 a.m.      Meet at Legislative Plaza near Room 20 to begin seedling & mug distribution (to right of                 Lobby Security Check point)

11:00 a.m.      Attend Rep. Cameron Sexton Presentation of a Legislative Resolution to Joey Grissom, TN Master Logger of the Year; Speaker Harwell’s Conference Room

11:20 a.m.   Continue Seedling/Mug Distribution

12:15 p.m.   Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m.   Attend Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee; In Room 12: TFA Members will be Recognized; Sen. Delores Gresham will present McNairy County Forest Landowners Association a Legislative Resolution Honoring MCFLA as CFA of the Year.

2:15 p.m.   Meet at State Capitol, 1st Floor for Photo with Governor Haslam, Opportunity to Say Hello & Quick Visit with the Governor. The photo will probably actually take place around 2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. TN Paper Council Meeting, Johnson Poss Government Relations Office

5:00- TFA Legislative Reception, Puckett’s Restaurant,  7:00p.m.   600 Church Street

Walking directions from Legislative Plaza will be provided to Puckett’s and other locations as needed. There is a pay parking lot across from Puckett’s on Church, or other lots are available nearby. 

More information will be available soon.  If you have questions or need further information on TFA Tree Day and the Legislative Reception, please contact Candace at TFA.

 

 

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12-12-2013 USDA Releases Hardwood Lumber "Check-Off" for Comment

12/12/2013 -

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 the USDA released for comment the proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order).
Comments must be received by January 13, 2014. Hardwood industries in Tennessee should have recently received an informational packet of material form USDA regarding this issue.

To review the Order, follow the link: https://www.federalregister.gov/regulations/0581-AD24/hardwood-lumber-and-hardwood-plywood-research-and-promotion-program

The program would be financed by an assessment on hardwood lumber manufacturers and hardwood plywood manufacturers and would be administered by a board of industry members selected by the Secretary of Agriculture. The assessment rate varies according to the product manufactured. The purpose of the program would be to better the position of the hardwood industry in current markets and to grow markets for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. The vote will likely take place in the spring.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal until
January 13, 2014!
Comments may be submitted on the Internet at:
http://www.regulations.gov
Or in writing to the:
Promotion and Economics Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 1406-S, Stop 0244
Washington, DC 20250-0244
Or by fax: 202-205-2800

All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issues of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection, including name and address, if provided, in the above office during regular business hours or it can be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.

TFA suggests our hardwood members learn more about this issue at www.hardwoodcheckoff.org.

If you have a questions please contact Candace Dinwiddie, TFA Executive Director at 615-883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

 

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12-6-2013 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year

12/06/2013 -

This annual bulletin provides federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisors in filing their 2013 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of Sept. 15, 2013.

Please click here to read more.

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08-02-2013 Announcing the State of TN Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program

08/02/2013 -

The Tennessee Division of Forestry is introducing the Tennessee Certied Prescribed Burn Manager program. Information provided in the certied burn manager course can help you do your burning more effectively and in a safer manner. Being a Tennessee Certied Prescribed Burn Manager also provides a certain amount of liability protection.

Please click the link below for a downloadable pdf flyer providing more information on the Ceritified Prescribed Burn Manager Program.

 State of TN Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program Flyer

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06-25-2013 TN 2013 64th Forestry Camp

06/25/2013 -

Tennessee Forestry Camp had another great year with 61 registered students. The students took home an experience they will remember in additon to a strong introduction into the forestry profession.

Sponsors: TN Divsion of Forestry, Domtar & TN Forestry Association

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01-08-2013 TFA Legislative Tree Day & Reception Date Announced

01/08/2013 -

TFA will again host the Annual Tree Day at the Legislature event and the
Legislative Reception on Wednesday, March 6. This year, our members’
presence is more important than ever with so many new faces in both
the House and Senate. Governor Haslam, all House and Senate members
and staff will be presented hardwood seedlings, along with a coffee
mug and other forestry informational materials. Legislators are always
proud to tell stories of how many TFA seedlings have now grown into
healthy trees in their yards or at their farm. Also, TFA coffee mugs are
on display in many legislative offices and it is encouraging to hear legislators
express their thanks to our members for the annual seedling and
mug giveaway.

The legislative reception will take place at the Downtown Sheraton on the
evening of March 6. Legislators, Commissioners, officials with the Governor’s
office and staff always anticipate the TFA reception as one of the
highlights of each legislative session.

Please watch TFA’s Legislative Blast/News & Notes for an itinerary including
times, locations, etc. for the March 6 Tree Day/Reception activities.
We hope YOU will plan to participate this year!!!

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12-4-2012 Gov. Bill Haslam & Ag Comm Julius Johnson Name Jere Jeter as New State Forester

12/04/2012 -

http://news.tn.gov/node/9962

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam and Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of veteran Division of Forestry employee Jere Jeter as State Forester and Assistant Commissioner.

Jeter succeeds Steven Scott, who retired earlier this year after serving 10 years in the position.

“Jere has extensive natural resources management experience in both the private and public sectors that will serve our state well as we deal with important forest resource and protection issues, and I’m pleased to join Commissioner Johnson in making this announcement,” Haslam said.

As State Forester and Assistant Commissioner, Jeter is responsible for the administration of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry, which manages more than 166,000 acres of state-owned forests and has responsibility for wildfire prevention and suppression, reforestation, landowner assistance, forest health, urban forestry and forest inventory.

A native of Weakley County, Tenn., Jeter has been with the state Division of Forestry for more than 31 years. He first joined the agency in 1975 as an area forester serving McNairy and Hardeman counties. He also served as a staff forester working with wood-using industries. He has served as assistant state forester for the past 16 years, overseeing operations including equipment, property, budget and personnel management.

Jeter also has experience in the private sector managing operations of a hardwood lumber concentration and drying operation in Camden, Tenn. He has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville after studying pre-forestry at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

“I am humbled by and appreciative of the confidence Governor Haslam and Commissioner Johnson have shown in me to lead this important forest resources agency,” said Jeter. “Tennesseans are blessed by a great abundance and variety of forest resources we have and it is an honor to lead the effort to protect and wisely manage this resource.”

He and his wife, Maureen, have two children and six grandchildren and reside in Williamson County, Tenn.

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11-26-2012 Tennessee Paper Council Brochure

11/26/2012 -

The Tennessee Paper Council brochure is now on TFA's website. Please visit our Publications & Resources Page or click the link below to view the brochure.

http://www.tnforestry.com/files/1131/File/tpc.pdf

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10-22-2012 Wilson County & Surrounding Counties Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine for Smith County Meeting for Thursday November 1, 2012

10/22/2012 -

Wilson County & Surrounding Counties

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine for Smith County Meeting

Thursday November 1, 2012

5:00 pm Central Time

James E. Ward Agriculture Center 945 E. Baddour Parkway Lebanon, TN

From Nashville via I-40 take exit 239B onto Baddour Parkway From Knoxville via I-40 take exit 239 onto Baddour Parkway Proceed on Baddour Parkway approximately ½ mile to entrance to James E. Ward Ag. Center After entering Ag. Center, go to end of double drive entrance Turn left Go about 100 yards and turn right into a large parking lot Look for event sign on building. Meeting will be in the East side of the East/West Building.

UT Extension, Wilson County – 615-444-9584, James E. Ward Ag. Center – 615-449-9077

Contact for questions or comments:

Heather Slayton Tennessee Division of Forestry Forest Health Specialist 615.218.4377 Heather.Slayton@tn.gov

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10-22-2012 Smith County & Surrounding Counties Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine for Smith County Meeting for Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

10/22/2012 -

Smith County & Surrounding Counties

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine for Smith County Meeting

Tuesday October 30, 2012

6:00 pm Central Time

Smith County Chamber of Commerce 939 Upper Ferry Road Carthage, TN

Contact for questions or comments:

Heather Slayton Tennessee Division of Forestry Forest Health Specialist 615.218.4377 Heather.Slayton@tn.gov

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10-21-2012 TFA Annual Convention Power Point Presentations

10/21/2012 -

For the 2012 TFA Annual Meeting Power Point Presentations, please click here.

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08-31-2012 TN Tree Farm Second Annual State-wide Educational Workshop for Tree Farmers

09/23/2012 -

2012 TENNESSEE TREE FARM WORKSHOP BROCHURE:

The Tennessee Tree Farm Committee is sponsoring the second annual state-wide educational workshop for Tree Farmers, titled “Tree Farm: What Goes On Behind the Sign”. The meeting will feature expert presentations focused on forest economics, reforestation techniques, small woodlot harvesting/utilization and wildlife habitat improvement.

Please click here for the brochure

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09-14-2012~MORRIS NAMED SUPERVISOR OF CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

09/14/2012 -

Press Release

ATLANTA (September 7, 2012) – D. JaSal Morris has been named Forest Supervisor of the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, according to Liz Agpaoa, Regional Forester.

Please click here for more information

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07-23-2012 TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES STATE FORESTER-ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER POSITION

07/23/2012 -

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

The TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position
STATE FORESTER-ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Executive Appointment    Minimum Salary: $73,000

Minimum education requirements: BS Degree in Forestry
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is seeking to fill the vacant State Forester position in the Department of Agriculture. The successful candidate will serve as an Assistant Commissioner and be a member of the Commissioner’s leadership team. The State Forester has statewide responsibility for successful delivery of programs and services provided by the division. The State Forester is responsible for the division’s $27 million annual budget including 317 full-time employees and 167,000 acres on 15 state forests.

Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Commissioner of Agriculture and in coordination with the Tennessee Forestry Commission, directs and implements all forestry programs to wisely utilize the state’s forests and forest products while effectively conserving these natural resources. Directs the development and administration of policy and procedures for forest management protection and reforestation. Reviews and makes decisions on employment and other personnel actions. Reviews and approves annual work plans and sets priorities for the next fiscal year. Develops annual budget based on work plans and pertinent information furnished by subordinates. Reviews, evaluates and modifies forestry programs to insure that set goals and objectives are reached.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum of BS Degree in Forestry from a Society of American Foresters-accredited college or university. A minimum of five (5) years full-time experience in forest management and protection is required. Experience in field or administrative forestry including fire suppression and incident command, long range planning, budget administration, personnel management and public relations is desired.

To apply: Send resume to Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 40627, Nashville TN 37204.

For more information: Call 615-837-5103 or www.tn.gov/agriculture/

Resumes will be considered until August 31, 2012
The State of Tennessee Is An Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employer

Please click here for pdf version

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07-23-2012 Leadership Conference for Local Wood Products

07/23/2012 -

Register Now for the

Leadership Conference for Local Wood Products

Wood Education and Resource Center

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012, $35

9 am to 4 pm

5-1/2 Hours of Forestry Education Credits

www.cnr.ncsu.edu/usalocalwood

This one day educational and networking event is for the forestry, lumber and value added wood products industry to promote new leadership for the industry to grow sales and profitability of US manufacturers using US woods.  Our industry must adapt to changed economic conditions where new opportunities exist but businesses have to adapt to grow sales and profitability.  This conference will feature open discussions of our current struggling situation and offer ideas that will lead to improved individual and industry wide performances.  We are inviting the forestry and wood products industry to come and be a part, including forest landowners, loggers, sawmills, drying operations, value added manufacturers, consulting foresters, USFS and state forestry departments, state forestry associations, non-profits, universities, government and economic development organizations.  Local and regional marketing opportunities will be studied that can develop new markets and customers.  Information about current and pending USFS research support projects for the industry will be presented.

Mail a check for $35 make out to SEDKC and mail to Phil Mitchell, NC State University, Campus Box 8003, Raleigh, NC 27695.  Email phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu, phone 919-515-5581.  Harry Watt is the coordinator of the conference, harry_watt@ncsu.edu, cell 704-880-5034.  The project website is www.cnr.ncsu.edu/usalocalwood.

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06-08-2012 Tennessee Master Logger of the Year

06/08/2012 -

TFA is accepting nominations for Tennessee Master Logger of the Year.  Nomination forms may be downloaded from the TFA website at:  http://www.tnforestry.com/Loggers/.   The deadline to submit nominations to TFA is Friday, July 20, 2012.

There are many Tennessee Master Loggers who deserve this prestigious recognition.  At TFA we are very proud of our Master Loggers.  It is our honor to annually present this award to a Tennessee Master Logger and his or her family during the TFA convention.  If you have questions or need further information regarding this award, please contact Candace at TFA.

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04-02-2012 Thompson's Forestry Solutions Day in Conjuction with TFA Master Logger Continuing Ed Training on April 28th

04/02/2012 -

Saturday, April 28th Thompson's invite you to attend Thompson's Forestry Solutions Day

  • See the latest forestry machinery
  • Lunch and beverages served
  • Caps and giveaways

In conjuction with this special event, TFA will offer Master Logger Continuing Education Training in the fairgrounds building, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Please click here to download here the flyer for more information.

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03-23-2012 11th Annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tounament in Kingsport on May 4th

03/23/2012 -

11th Annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament in Kingsport

4-man captain's choice

benefiting

Wellmont Foundation & Children's Miracle Network

Tournament Date:

Friday, May 4, 2012, 8:00

Lunch Provided

Tournament Location:

Cattails at MeadowView

MeadowView Marriott Conference, Resort & Convention Center

1901 Meadow View Parkway

Kingsport, Tennessee

Cost per Player: $75

Hole Sponsorships for $100

A sign advertising your business will be placed on the tee box the day of the event.

Please let us know by April 30th if you plan to sponsor a hole.

Plaques awarded for the 1St & 2" place teams

Registration: (if you wish to play and do not have a team, you will be assigned one)

Click here for a downloadable version of the 2012 11th Annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament in Kingsport Flyer

For more information  call Dan Wemick at 423-676-5542 or 423-392-2792

dan.wemick@domtar.com

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Faces of Forestry Presentation

03/16/2012 -

Please click here to download a pdf version of the "Faces of Forestry" PowerPoint by Steve Owen, TFA President.

This file will take a moment to upload because of size.

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02-27-2012 Discover an easy way to find information on TFA's Website.

02/27/2012 -

Discover an easy, simple way to find your way around TFA's site. If you would like an organized overview of the website...try our SITEMAP. If you are looking for something specific try our SEARCH feature.

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01-17-2012 Master Logger Curriculum

01/17/2012 -

Please click here for this information in PDF format

The Tennessee Master Logger Program is designed to assist logging business owners and employees in their professional and education requirements focusing on water quality, safety, business management and sustainable forest management.  The course is comprised of five one-day sessions, usually conducted one day every two weeks for a 10-week period. To successfully complete the course and be recognized as a Tennessee Master Logger, participants must attend and participate in all five days. The Tennessee Master Logger designation is for two years and can be renewed every two years by attending a one-day continuing education session. A description of the initial 5-day course and continuing education sessions follows.

Initial 5-day Training Session

Session #1 ---- First Aid

Certified instructors trained by the American Red Cross conduct CPR and First Aid training to meet state and federal OSHA standards. Loggers with current CPR and First Aid certification are not required to attend this session, but must present proof of certification to be exempt. Loggers are expected to maintain their CPR and First Aid certification into the future. The Tennessee Master Logger program does not provide continuing education beyond this initial session to maintain the First Aid and CPR certification.

Session #2 ---- Logger Safety

Timber harvesting and safety specialists provide both indoor and outdoor instruction in chainsaw safety, equipment inspections, personal protective equipment (PPE), and directional felling techniques. OSHA logging standards are presented. Truck safety and laws regulating truck use and weight are discussed.

Session #3 ---- Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Proper harvesting techniques using BMPs are discussed and demonstrated. This session provides loggers with information on non-point source pollution, how water quality is impacted by timber harvesting, erosion processes, the water quality laws in Tennessee and the roles of state agencies in addressing water quality concerns and violations.  Specific subjects covered in the BMP session include:   importance of harvest planning, classifying different types of streams, identification of wetlands, stream crossing techniques (bridges, fords, culverts), streamside management zones (SMZs), road construction, water control and filter structures for haul roads and skid trails, locating and constructing log decks, revegetation, and visuals associated with timber harvesting.

Session #4 ---- Forest Biology and Silviculture

Silviculture involves the cultural treatments used to influence stand establishment, growth, composition, health and quality for growing trees in a responsible and sustainable manner to produce one or more benefits without compromising the environment.  Subject areas discussed in this session include forest succession, species ecology, regeneration methods, intermediate operations, harvesting practices, wildlife management principles, invasive exotic species, threatened and endangered species, management of areas with unique value, and updates on emerging technologies (e.g., biomass harvesting, carbon, certification, GPS). A field exercise is conducted for logging professionals to assess logging strategies in different stands based on land management objectives.

Session #5 ---- Business Management

Logging professionals are businessmen that are involved in financial management, much like any other small business. Business management is discussed by professionals in the areas of finance, recordkeeping/accounting, insurance, taxes and the law (attorney). Subjects include (1) Legal context for the logging company:  title search for timber owners, identifying property lines, using a timber contract, penalties for cutting someone else’s timber, qualifying for the Tennessee sales tax exemption; (2) Accounting:  business structure (sole proprietor, partnerships, limited liability corporation, S- or C-corporation), recordkeeping, cost analysis, taxes, contractors or employees, taxes (ordinary income, capital gains, deductions), statements on cash flow, income and net worth;  (3) Banking: applying for a loan, establishing a relationship with a bank; (4) Insurance: general liability, equipment, trucking, health, and worker’s compensation.

               

Continuing Education 1-day Training Session

Master loggers are required to attend and participate in a 1-day, 8-hour continuing education session every two years to maintain their Master logger designation.

The continuing education day is conducted in 3 subsessions.

1.            Review of BMPs, BMP compliance and water quality standards associated with timber harvesting. Discussion and updates of emerging technologies, legislation, information, or other concerns that affect logging professionals.  A few examples might include quarantines associated with emerald ash borer and thousand canker disease of walnut; biomass harvesting guidelines; logger certification and chain of custody, how carbon credits work, etc. (2 hours)

2.            Review of safety standards associated with logging, PPE, and trucking.  New or potential safety regulations are discussed that can impact logging professionals.  At least one prominent safety issue associated with logging will be highlighted and emphasized during the training. (2 hours)

3.            Instruction on various subjects that influence how loggers operate and conduct business. These subjects probably will be different in each area of the state depending on logger and industry input, instructional needs and current events in that location. A field component/exercise is usually part of the instruction. A few of the subjects that have been previously conducted or where new curriculum is being developed are as follows:  visual impacts of harvesting, conducting forest inventories/cruising, controlling invasive species, advanced silviculture, advanced BMPs (water control structures), certification and chain of custody, GPS for loggers, logging cost analysis, developing harvest plans, encountering T&E species and protection of unique areas, biomass harvesting, improving existing roads and water crossing options, log merchantability and bucking, and log grading. (4 hours)

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01-06-2012 FMCSA Has Officially Published Rule on Hand-Held Cell-Phone Ban

01/06/2012 -

FMCSA has officially published rule on hand-held cell-phone ban
This ban
became effective January 3, 2012 
(Provided by Forestry Mutual Insurance)

The rule — issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) — prohibits interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. For intrastate drivers, the ban only applies to those hauling hazardous materials for now, but the states are expected to apply the ban to all in-state commercial drivers in coming years.

Under the new rule, CMV drivers will not be able to hold, dial, or reach for a hand-held cell phone, including those with push-to-talk capability. Hands-free phone use is allowed, as is the use of CB radios and two-way radios.

Specifically, the rule prohibits drivers from:

  • · Using at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication;
  • · Dialing or answering a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button, and
  • · Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated,   belted, driving position.

Drivers will not be able to use hand-held phones while temporarily stopped due to traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays, but they will be able to use them after moving the vehicle to the side of, or off, the highway and stopping in a safe location.

Drivers who violate the new ban will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification for multiple offenses.

Companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

In September 2010, the FMCSA issued a regulation banning text messaging while driving a CMV and PHMSA followed with a companion regulation in February 2011, banning texting by intrastate hazardous materials drivers.

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10-18-2011 TFA Annual Meeting Power Point Presentations for Download

10/18/2011 -

Please click here to download TFA Annual Meeting Presentations

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10/18/2011 Govenor, Bill Haslam proclaims September 30, 2011 Tennessee Forestry Association Day

10/18/2011 -

State of Tennessee Promclaimation by Govenor, Bill Haslam, that Semptember 30th, 2011 will be proclaim as Tennessee Forestry Association Day. Please click for more information.

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3-11-2011 GET THE BENEFITS OF PRESCRIBED BURNING WITH INSURANCE THROUGH TFA.

03/11/2011 -

 

 
For years professional foresters have prescribed low-intensity burning to enhance timber growth, and to improve wildlife habitat. However, burning, even low-intensity burning, has its liabilities. So today, many timberland owners are not willing to assume the risks. The result has been the accumulation of thick understory which, in turn, has reduced the quality of timber, making wild fires that do occur hotter and much worse for the trees. So foresters have been searching for an affordable answer. The Outdoor Underwriters Prescribed Burning Insurance Program Is Designed To Provide Landowners With A Per Burn Product Previously Unavailable In The Marketplace. Master policies can also be issued to consultant foresters and wildlife biologists who burn for multiple landowners. For timberland owners, the premium may even be tax-deductible. Now, while the weather is cool and wet, is the time to consider prescribed burning. And with Outdoor Underwriters Prescribed Burning Insurance Program, you can improve your forest and reduce your liability exposure.
 
 
Call Troll Free number 866-961-4101

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2-25-2011 USFS Announces Public Forums on Forest Planning Rule USFS Announces Public Forums on Forest Planning Rule

02/25/2011 -

USFS Announces Public Forums on Forest Planning Rule

The USDA Forest Service, Southern, Region would like to invite TFA members to attend
one of the public forums on the Proposed Forest Planning Rule. The proposed planning
rule was published in the February 14, 2011 Federal Register kicking off a 90- day
public comment period that will end May 16, 2011. The purpose of the public forums
is to increase public understanding of the proposed planning rule, and to provide an
opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with other stakeholders.

The Forest Service is hosting a National Public Forum on March 10, 2011 in Washington,
DC. The meeting will be webcast to allow for national participation. Each Region will
also be hosting public forums. In the Southern Region, the USFS is providing local
opportunities to learn about the Proposed Forest Planning Rule. Each Forest Supervisor’s
office will be hosting a session where the public will have an opportunity to hear a
presentation on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement (via Video
Teleconference) followed by a question and answer session. These sessions will be held
at the Forest Supervisor’s offices on either March 17, 29 or 31, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern
Time & 1:00 p.m. Central Time. In order for the local offices to plan accordingly, please
RSVP to the local point of contact.

In the Tennessee area the following sessions will be held:

Cherokee NF
March 28
Forest Supervisor’s office
2800 Ocoee Street N
Cleveland, TN

2-5:00 p.m. ET

Stephanie Martin: 423-476-9740 smedlin@fs.fed.us

Land Between the Lakes March 28 1-4:00 p.m. CT
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY
Avanell Clardy: 270-924-2065 clardy@fs.fed.us

Also, the USFS will be hosting a Public Forum (that will involve “live” presentations)
in Asheville, NC on April 4. It will be held at the North Carolina Arboretum with
registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. and presentations beginning at 3 p.m.

To receive a draft agenda for the Asheville, NC forum, please contact Candace at TFA.

Public comments will not be accepted at the public forums. The forums are for
educational purposes. As with any rulemaking, comments to be included in the public
record should be submitted in writing. The USFS states that this will insure clarity in
defining the public comment record and allow interested parties to view the record of
public comments in the manner customarily provided in notice and comment rulemaking.
To be considered, written comments will need to be submitted electronically at http://
www.govcomments.com/ or http://www.regulations.gov or send a hard copy to Forest
Service Planning DEIS, c/o Bear West Company, 132 E 500 S., Bountiful, Utah or fax to
801-397-1605. Written comments should be identified by including “planning rule” on
the cover sheet of the first page. Comments are available for public inspection at http://
contentanalysisgroup.com/fsr.

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1-20-2011 Revised Tax Tips for Forest Landowners Released

01/20/2011 -

Revised Tax Tips for Forest Landowners Released

The USFS has revised the 2010 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners due to new tax legislation
enacted on 12.17.10. Please see attached the newly released updated edition
of “Tax Tips for Forest Landowners”.

Please click her for 2010 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

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1-19- 2011 Elk Valley County Forestry Association, President , presents the 2010 Tallest Tree Award

01/19/2011 -

Lincoln County Trees safe....for now

But Forester urges vigilance, caustion to prevent spread of deadly pests

Please click here to see the rest of the article

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09-10-2010 TN Dept of Ag News Release...Walnut Tree Quarantine Expanded Due To Thousand Cankers Disease

09/10/2010 -

To download the document below in Pdf format,  please click here

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2010

Contact:

Casey Mahoney,
615-837-5206 or 615-973-9767
Casey.Mahoney@tn.gov

Tim Phelps, Forestry
615-837-5543 or 615-428-5913
Tim.R.Phelps@tn.gov

Walnut Tree Quarantine Expanded Due to
Thousand Cankers Disease
- Plans underway to survey and restrict movement of walnut material in Tennessee -
NASHVILLE, Tenn. � The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the discovery of a walnut tree killing disease, called Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), in Anderson, Blount and Union Counties. The disease was discovered in Knox County in August. These counties are now under an emergency quarantine. Adjacent counties to the quarantined areas are also restricted for movement of walnut products and hardwood firewood. These counties include Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott and Sevier counties.
�We will continue to survey our forests and work to help slow the spread of the disease.� said TDA Plant Certification Administrator Gray Haun. �We are working with stakeholders to help educate citizens on the symptoms of TCD and how they can help.�
TCD is a progressive disease that kills a tree within two to three years after initial symptoms are detected. The disease-causing fungus, Geosmithia, is transmitted by a small twig beetle. Branches and trunk tissue are killed by multiple infections of the fungus, as the beetles carry the fungus from one area to the next.
TDA plant inspectors and foresters will continue to conduct a thorough survey of trees in these areas to assess the extent of the infestation and to see if more areas need to be quarantined.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry estimates that 1.38 million black walnut trees in Tennessee�s urban areas are potentially at risk from TCD.
The risk represents an estimated value loss of $1.37 billion. There are an estimated 26 million black walnut trees on Tennessee public and private timberland potentially valued as high as $1.47 billion. 
Thousand Canker Disease Discovered in East Tennessee  
TDA officials urge area residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of TCD:
        Don�t transport firewood, even within Tennessee. Don�t bring firewood along for camping trips. Buy the wood you need from a local source. Don�t bring wood home with you.
        Don�t buy or move firewood from outside the state. If someone comes to your door selling firewood, ask them about the source, and don�t buy wood from outside the state. 
        Watch for signs of infestation in your black walnut trees. If you suspect your black walnut tree could be infested with TCD, visit www.TN.gov/agriculture/tcd for an online symptoms checklist and report form or call TDA�s Regulatory Services Division at 1-800-628-2631. 
For more information about other programs and services of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture visit www.tn.gov/agriculture .
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09-01-2010 Pest Alert....Thousand Cankers Disease

09/01/2010 -

United States, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Northeastern Area
State and Private Forestry
May 2010

ANNOUNCES A PEST ALERT

Thousand Cankers Disease

Diebeck and mortality of eastern black walnut (Juglansnigra) in several Western States have become more common and severe during the last decade. A tiny bark beetle is creating numerous galleries beneath the bark of affected branches, resulting in fungal infection and canker formation......click here to read more 

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08-17-2010 Update from USDA on EAB & TCD Status in Knox & Loudon Counties

08/17/2010 -

During the past few weeks, you were contacted with respect to the activities of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Tennessee Division of Forestry (TDF), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Our organizations have worked together for the past 2 1/2 weeks to complete an extensive survey of Knox and Loudon counties plus the surrounding counties.  They initiated regulatory actions for entities operating within Knox and Loudon Counties and conducted outreach to a large number of campgrounds throughout the surrounding counties and into Sevier County.  Finally, they have visited truck stops and rest areas along all major highways to provide information regarding the recent pest detections and the risks associated with moving firewood.

We would like to provide you and your organizations with brief summaries of the two recent pest detections in Knox County and Loudon County.  Additionally, we would like to provide you with links to more information and points of contact for any questions that you may have pertaining to regulatory requirements and outreach.

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, there was confirmed detection of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Knox County.  The State established the quarantine in Knox County.  Based upon the proximity of the initial detection, Loudon County was also quarantined.  A confirmed detection of EAB was made in Loudon County on August 7, further supporting the quarantine.  The insect attacks Ash species and this confirmation represents the southernmost detection of this pest.  The pest has also been found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  TDA has established a quarantine restricting the movement of all Ash materials (i.e. mulch, ash nursery stock, etc.) as well as all firewood made of hardwood out of Knox and Loudon counties.

On Monday, August 2, 2010, there was a confirmed detection of Thousand Canker Disease (TCD) in Knox County.  This is the first detection of the disease east of the Mississippi River.  The disease is transmitted by a small twig beetle and leads to the demise of Black Walnut trees.  TDA and TDF are currently surveying to determine the spread of this disease.  They are also working with technical experts to establish a program to slow the spread of this disease.  State regulations are currently being developed that will impact the movement of Black Walnut out of the affected areas.

In addition to ongoing surveys, we plan to increase outreach in regard to stopping the long distance movement of firewood as this is a significant pathway for movement of insects and diseases that threaten the health of our agriculture and natural environment.

For additional information about either of these pests or information related to deterring the movement of firewood, please refer to the following websites and hotline numbers:

Emerald Ash Borer:
http://www.emeraldashborer.info/
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/emerald_ash_b/
http://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/regulatory/eab.html
Emerald Ash Borer Hotline: 866-322-4512
USDA Regulations: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/emerald_ash_b/quarantine.shtml

Thousand Canker Disease:
http://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/regulatory/tcd.html
http://www.thousandcankerdisease.com/
http://www.forestry.ok.gov/Websites/forestry/Images/Thousand%20Cankers%20Disease.pdf

Stop the Movement of Firewood:
http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/firewood/index.shtml
http://www.goodcamper.info/


We appreciate your help in distributing the message about these pests that are threatening our natural environment.  You can reach the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at (865) 837-5137, or USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine at (615) 907-3357.


Sincerely,

Ralph Cooley, USDA APHIS PPQ TN State Plant Health Director

Gray Haun, TDA Administrator, Division of Regulatory Services



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EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) INFORMATION FOR LOGGERS

08/17/2010 -

To meet the regulatory requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) pertaining to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), loggers that are operating in Knox and Loudon Counties will need to enter into a Federal Compliance Agreement.

Within the Compliance Agreement, there are two main requirements for loggers operating in Knox and Loudon counties. First, loggers are only allowed to move ash outside of the quarantined area from October 1 to March 1. Second, the receiving mills must be under a valid Federal Compliance Agreement for the processing of regulated ash.  
 
Each shipment must be accompanied by a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS PPQ) Limited Permit. A book of Limited Permits will be obtained when a Compliance Agreement is signed. Loggers are responsible for maintaining records of all shipments.  It is not necessary to have each truckload of ash logs inspected. However, USDA and TDA reserve the right to conduct periodic inspections of shipments as well as audit records.

To establish a Compliance Agreement, loggers may contact either the USDA APHIS PPQ or TDA. Loggers can contact USDA APHIS PPQ at (615) 907-3357 or TDA at (615) 837-5338.

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TDF News Release...Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in East Tennessee

07/27/2010 -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 27, 2010

CONTACT:

Tom Womack

615-837-5118 or 615-419-8636

Tom.Womack@TN.gov  

Tim Phelps, Forestry

615-837-5543 or 615-428-5913

Tim.R.Phelps@TN.gov

 
Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in East Tennessee
- Plans underway to survey and restrict movement of ash material in Knox, Loudon counties -
 
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB), the first detection of the destructive tree pest in the state. The discovery was made last week at a truck stop in Knox County near the Loudon County line.   
 
“We knew EAB could potentially reach Tennessee, and we’re prepared to help slow the spread of the infestation and protect our forest resources.” said state Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens. “We will be working closely with federal officials and other stakeholders to determine the extent of the infestation and to take steps to limit its spread.”
 
After receiving a report of a suspected find, state and federal officials collected specimens from infested logs for submission to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for positive identification. USDA confirmed the find late last week. 
 
EAB attacks only ash trees. It is believed to have been introduced into the Detroit, Mich. area 15 to 20 years ago on wood packing material from Asia. Since then, the destructive insect has been found also in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
 
In response to the find, TDA plans to issue a quarantine in Knox and Loudon counties prohibiting the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other material that can spread EAB. TDA plant inspectors and foresters will conduct a thorough survey of trees in the areas to assess the extent of the infestation. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working closely with TDA in response and will likely issue a federal quarantine in the coming days in support of national efforts to control the spread of EAB. 
 
 
Typically, the Emerald Ash Borer beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation. Adults are dark green, one-half inch in length and one-eighth inch wide, and fly only from April until September, depending on the climate of the area. In Tennessee, most EAB adults would fly in May and June. Larvae spend the rest of the year beneath the bark of ash trees. When they emerge as adults, they leave D-shaped holes in the bark about one-eighth inch wide.
 
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry estimates that 10 million urban ash trees in Tennessee are potentially at risk from EAB. The risk represents an estimated value loss of $2 billion. There are an estimated 261 million ash trees on Tennessee public and private timberland potentially valued as high as $9 billion. 
 
TDA officials urge area residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of EAB:
 
·         Don’t transport firewood, even within Tennessee.  Don’t bring firewood along for camping trips. Buy the wood you need from a local source. Don’t bring wood home with you.
 
·         Don’t buy or move firewood from outside the state.  If someone comes to your door selling firewood, ask them about the source, and don’t buy wood from outside the state. 
 
·         Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.  If you suspect your ash tree could be infested with EAB, visit www.TN.gov/agriculture/eab for an online symptoms checklist and report form or call TDA’s Regulatory Services Division at 1-800-628-2631. 
 
For more information about other programs and services of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture visit www.tn.gov/agriculture .
 
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2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability

07/02/2010 -

2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability

American Tree Farm System is pleased to announce that the American Forest Foundation (AFF) 2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification were approved by the AFF Board of Trustees on November 3rd, 2009. . . . . .

American Forest Foundation Website:
www.treefarmsystem.org/2010standards

American Forest Foundation 2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability:
AFF 2010 - 2015 Standards of Sustainability

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Forestry Suppliers, Inc. partners with TFA for another year.

06/28/2010 -

Forestry Suppliers, Inc. extends their 7% discount for TFA members until July 1, 2011.

7% discount form Forestry Suppliers
Forestry Suppliers, Inc., a leading source for products for the timber harvesting industry. TFA members are extended a discount of 7% on each order. To receive this discount, it is very important to make sure you use code 404. The discount will expire July 1, 2011. The Forestry Suppliers, Inc. number is 601-354-3565. Website:

Please make sure to visit our membership awards page for other TFA membership discounts and programs.

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06-25-2011 New Log Truck Light Law

06/25/2010 -

Log Truck Light Legislation Goes Into Effect 7/1/10. This legislation requires an amber strobe or LED lamp to be attached to the end of a load of logs when the overhang is at least 4 feet. The lamp is required ½ hour before sundown and ½ hour after sunset and any other time when headlights are required. The lamps can be purchased through TFA for $35.00. Please review the legislation and summary as passed by the General Assembly by clicking the link below. Contact TFA with any questions.

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TFA Announces Position Statement on Possible TN Division of Forestry Staff

03/17/2010 -

TFA Announces Position Statement on Possible TN Division of Forestry Staff Reduction

TFA will be providing the following statement to House and Senate members at the Tennessee General Assembly during Tree Day on Wednesday, March 17. The statement indicates TFA’s strong support for the leadership and staff at the Tennessee Division of Forestry. The statement also will be available to media and other outlets as needed.

Position Statement on Reduction of Forest Management Positions at the Tennessee Division of Forestry

The 2,000 members of the Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) greatly value and support the staff and personnel at the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Tennessee Division of Forestry (TDF). The Tennessee Division of Forestry has traditionally served forest landowners, loggers, forest industry, and all citizens interested in sound, scientific and sustainable forestry in Tennessee.

Since the early 1950s, TDF has been the first line of defense for forest fires in the Volunteer State. The agency has also provided landowner assistance services to thousands of non-industrial private forestland owners in each county of Tennessee. Through this assistance to both small and large landowners, Tennessee’s forests have remained healthy and viable, covering over 50% of the land base in Tennessee while providing scenic beauty and economic vitality. In many cases, TDF’s area foresters cover several counties providing the management expertise and encouragement to hundreds if not thousands of landowners. TDF foresters also regularly visit timber harvesting sites providing courtesy checks to ensure our state’s streams remain clear and clean. Area foresters provide supervision to technicians and aides for fire suppression and control and are recognized leaders of their communities serving as the “go-to” resource for local forestry information and education in schools and organizations across the state.

More and more foreign and domestic markets are looking for lumber and other wood products from certified wood sources. The American Tree Farm System answers the needs for certifying wood grown on the thousands of acres owned by non-industrial private landowners in Tennessee. TDF area foresters have annually written almost all of the Tree Farm management plans for forest landowners interested in becoming certified Tree Farmers. Should these area foresters lose their jobs, many landowners will no longer be able to continue to participate or to become certified Tree Farmers in Tennessee. With markets looking for certified wood, sawmills and other wood products manufacturers will be at a great disadvantage should this wood from private non-industrial landowners no longer be available. TFA and our many landowners and manufacturers are looking to grow the Tree Farm program to enable more wood from Tennessee to be exported or sold as certified lumber. We do not want to lose the markets for our state’s renewable wood resource due to inadequate staffing at the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

Future markets for Tennessee forest landowners will likely include green energy and biomass production. As these markets develop, additional pressures to grow trees for non-traditional uses will emerge. The Tennessee Division of Forestry, its leadership and area foresters need to be providing the management expertise and planning to assist forest landowners to provide the wood resource to meet these needs for green energy in the future.

At the Tennessee Division of Forestry Headquarters, staff members are very effective in managing federal funding, landowner cost-share opportunities, conservation planning, state forest management, marketing, and implementation of programs for insect and disease prevention. Nashville staff members are knowledgeable in the new mapping and GIS technology to assist both industry and landowners. These foresters partner closely with landowners, loggers, forest industry and other agencies to help ensure the sustainability of Tennessee’s forests and the jobs that these forests provide.

The Tennessee Forestry Association proudly supports the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the area foresters that cover all 95 Tennessee counties, the Nashville staff that diligently serves Tennessee through program administration and implementation, the technicians and aides that continue to keep our forests and citizens protected from forest fires. TFA understands that there are tremendous threats to our state’s forests from urbanization, development, forest pests, volatile markets, and ther sources. Keeping a strong Tennessee Division of Forestry will enable our forest landowners, loggers and industry to have the local and statewide resources needed to continue to maintain a viable, healthy, sustainable forest in our state and provide the jobs that support the livelihood of thousands of Tennesseans. Therefore, the Tennessee Forestry Association asks that the State of Tennessee retain these important and necessary positions within the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

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Tennessee Division Of Forestry Annouces . . . PLANNING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FOREST LANDOWNERS

12/21/2009 -

For immediate release       
December 21, 2009   
 
CONTACT:   

TIM PHELPS
Division of Forestry
615-837-5543
TIM.R.PHELPS@TN.GOV
 
Perry Stevens,
TN NRCS
(615) 277-2533
perry.stevens@tn.usda.gov

  
Planning Funds Available for Private Forest Landowners
~ NRCS EQIP Sign Up Deadline is Jan. 15 ~

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Private forest landowners seeking assistance to manage their forests can now get help with the cost of developing a detailed forest management plan.

 
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is currently accepting applications from landowners to receive funding to hire experts who specialize in developing multi-resource forest management plans. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2010.
 
"We want to make sure Tennessee forest landowners know that there are cost share programs available, so they can use them to improve natural resources on their private working lands,” said John Rissler, Acting State Conservationist for the NRCS in Tennessee. “Conservation practices help the land by making it more productive through improved water quantity and quality, air quality and wildlife habitat.”
 
Private lands certification, carbon markets, biofuels initiatives and potential new tree planting programs present a myriad of forest management opportunities for private forest landowners. Many of the federal, state and private programs associated with these opportunities require forestlands be managed based on a tract (i.e. property) level, multi-resource forest management plan. Having a plan in place helps provide the landowner with a path to achieve their objectives and positions them to participate in other forest management programs.
 
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry provides similar services with year-round sign-up through its Forest Stewardship Program. Landowners interested in either plan are advised to contact their local Division of Forestry area forester who will help them determine which plan is more appropriate.
 
PLANNING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FOREST LANDOWNERS 2 – 2 – 2
 
“Demand for multi-resource forest management plans is on the increase as landowners position themselves to take advantage of new opportunities to implement forest management on their properties,” said State Forester Steve Scott. “Our Forest Stewardship Program has been providing this service for years, but we are seeking partnerships with other government agencies and the private sector to ensure the short term demand for multi-resource forest management plans can be met.
 
“NRCS’s EQIP is one such example of how we hope to get more assistance to landowners to meet their individual objectives, which ultimately benefit their surrounding region through the multiple benefits forests provide to society.”
 
More information on these and other forest land assistance programs can be found online http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov/ or http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/forestry/,
or by contacting your local TDA Division of Forestry office or NRCS District Conservationist office listed in the phone directory under state and federal government.

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Don't Forget to Donate to Tennessee Log a Load for Kids program!

12/18/2009 -

At this wonderful time of year, please remember to give generously to the Tennessee Log a Load for Kids program.  Just about every TFA member family has known a child that has been helped  by the Children’s Miracel Network hospitals in Tennessee.  The Log a Load for Kids program supports the CMN hospitals through the contributions of our loggers, landowners, foresters, industry folks and interested friends.  To contribute to the Tennessee Log a Load for Kids program, please send your check written to TFA Log a Load for Kids account and mail to TFA, P.O. Box 290693, Nashville, TN 37229.  You are welcome to designate the CMN hospital to receive your donation.  A Log a Load donation form can be found on TFA’s website:  
http://www.tnforestry.com/Loggers/Log-A-Load_for_Kids/.

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Biomass Corp Assistance Program for Tennessee materials notebook provided by TN Division of Forestry

12/18/2009 -

Please click the link below for Biomass Corp Assistance Program for Tennessee Material Notebook

BCAP materials notebook provided by Tennessee Division of Forestry

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Stay Warm This Winter with the Right Firewood

12/09/2009 -

Stay Warm This Winter with the Right Firewood
-Tips for consumers when purchasing firewood–

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is offering advice to consumers purchasing firewood this winter. When purchasing firewood, consumers need to take into consideration a variety of factors including the type of wood, its origin and the quantity.

 
 
“Firewood can be purchased almost anywhere and in many varieties,” said Tim Phelps, Information and Education Specialist with the department’s Division of Forestry. “Consumers should educate themselves to make sure they get the best product for their money.”
 
The first factor to consider while purchasing firewood is the type of wood because different woods burn differently and produce varying amounts of heat. For example, oak burns slower and produces less smoke while pine burns faster and produces more soot and smoke. Educate yourself about the type of wood that will best serve your needs.
 
After deciding on the type of wood, be sure to ask retailers about the seasoning of the wood. Seasoning is the process of drying wood. Firewood typically takes nine months to become seasoned. Burning wood that has not been dried out properly or seasoned will produce less heat, burn poorly and create unnecessary soot and smoke.
 
Another factor to take into consideration when purchasing wood is the origin of the wood. This is important because buying wood from other states may transport invasive exotic insects into Tennessee. Consumers can help avoid potential problems by purchasing locally harvested firewood within a 50-mile radius of their home.
 
“The Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer are two examples of insects that have devastated many native hardwood trees in the U.S. as a result of the transportation of infested wood products,” said Phelps. “So far these insects have not been detected in Tennessee.  We’re asking consumers to help us keep it that way.”
 
The last factor to consider when buying firewood is the quantity. Firewood has its own unit of measurement called a cord. Firewood must be sold by the cord or fractions of a cord starting at 1/8 of a cord. A cord of wood by law must equal 128 cubic feet. Be wary of terms such as face cord, rack, rick, tier, pile or truck-load, as these terms are not standardized in the sale of firewood. Some firewood dealers also try to sell firewood by the truckload. A typical pick-up truck cannot hold a cord of firewood. Rest assured, when purchasing firewood at brand retailers, there are established labeling protocols for firewood. 
 
If consumers follow these tips, they can feel confident that they purchased a local, worthy product that will keep them warm throughout the winter months.
 
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Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Tennessee

12/07/2009 -

 

The following is a summary of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that looks to be very beneficial for many of our forest products facilities and suppliers in the state of Tennessee. This is a simplified overview and is meant to be an introduction only; all the details, forms and information are available on the USDA Farm Services Agency website: www.fsa.usda.gov
 
BCAP provides financial assistance to producers or entities that deliver eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities for use as heat, power, biobased products or biofuels. Initial assistance will be for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) costs associated with the delivery of eligible materials.
The program currently includes forest products facilities that are burning biomass materials in boilers for process steam or steam for drying lumber. The matching payment is made to the supplier and not the Biomass Conversion Facility (BCF) and equals a dollar for dollar payment for the cost of biomass material up to $45 per dry ton. 
The first step is for a using facility (BCF) to apply and agree to be included as a facility participating in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program’s Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation component. The suppliers that are selling the BCF sawdust, bark and other biomass must have some type of purchase agreement from the BCF to take to their county office of the Farm Services Agency (FSA) to apply for a CHST matching payment before delivery of any material. The supplier submits a “Request for Payment” to the county FSA office after material has been delivered to the BCF and is then paid for the delivered material. 
For example: A paper mill such as Temple Inland (Facility ID 4708501) makes application to be a BCF and is accepted and issued a BCF number. A sawmill that is taking their sawdust to Temple goes to the FSA office in Montgomery County with their purchase agreement from Temple and applies for a CHST matching payment. When the sawmill delivers loads of sawdust to Temple, they take their original scale tickets, invoices or payments made and conversion from green to dry tons to the county office for matching payment. A smaller lumber facility that is buying biomass for their boiler to dry lumber would have to go through the same process. An entity cannot be both a BCF and a supplier.
As of this date there are two BCFs in Tennessee:
ID 4708501, Temple Inland Inc., New Johnsonville Mill, (931) 535-2161, tracysmith@templeinland.com
ID 4707101, Packaging Corporation of America, Counce Mill, (731) 689-1220, gdurrence@packagingcorp.com
All the forms and more detailed directions are on the FSA website. If you have questions after reading the materials, you can call or email:
Doug Schnabel, TN Division of Forestry, 615 837 5430, doug.schnabel@tn.gov
Dana Howard, TN Forestry Association, 615 883 3832, dhoward@tnforestry.com
Pat Gibson, Farm Services Agency, 615 277 2617, pat.gibson@tn.usda.gov

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Report Shows Tennessee Land in Forests Stable, Yet Changing in Composition

06/25/2009 -

Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Media Release Report Shows Tennessee Land in Forests Stable, Yet Changing in Composition........read more

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Membership Rewards & Services Program Announced

06/25/2009 -

Tennessee Forestry Association is launching a Membership Services program that will feature membership discounts, incentives and services. As a way to say “thank you” to our members and show our appreciation to your participation and loyalty to forestry industry. . . . . . read more

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Sales Tax Exemption on Off Road Diesel Fuel

06/22/2009 -

Sales Tax Exemption on Off Road Diesel Fuel

Timber harvesters will need to download the application for registration, complete and send to TN Department of Revenue forms can be downloaded below...

The application is used to obtain a Tennessee agricultural sales or use tax exemption certificate. This certificate must beused to make qualified agricultural purchases exempt from sales and use tax. You must complete the front of this application and submit withcopies of any requested documents.

Farmers, Timbers Harvesters & Nursery Operators Notice #07-12

Sales Tax Exemption Application

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Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program

06/22/2009 -

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program supports Tennessee Master Loggers by providing tuition support for both the initial 5 day training course and continuing education in 2008.

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is also providing 75% cost-share funding to loggers for the purchase, construction and use of temporary stream crossing structures. For more information on this program, please contact your area Tennessee Division of Forestry office. Loggers can sign-up now for assistance.

TFA truly appreciates the support and leadership provided Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens to ensure that additional loggers, landowners, and professional resource managers can attend Master Logger training for a minimal cost and the program can be administered in a cost-effective manner that is helpful and user friendly for loggers, landowners, and industry statewide. Commissioner Givens and his staff and the foresters at the Division of Forestry are working hard to support forestry programs in Tennessee that will encourage the use of forestry best management practices, safety, and sound silvicultural decision making . . . . . .

Read more about Tennessee Enhancement Program

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Tennessee Sustainable Forestry Committee Recieves a National Award!!!!

06/22/2009 -

 

TENNESSEE WINS NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE AWARD
Salt Lake City, UT  – The Tennessee Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Implementation Committee (Tennessee SIC) has won the SFI award for excellence in logger training, landowner outreach and program recruitment.
 
SFI, Inc. is the fully independent organization responsible for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program. The SFI® program is a comprehensive sustainable forestry certification system that encompasses more than 135 million certified acres across North America and includes 216 program participants. The program is implemented on the ground through 37 SFI implementation committees and each year SFI recognizes one committee for outstanding achievements. During 2007, the Tennessee SIC actively promoted a film produced by J.M. Huber Corporation titled “Finding the Balance” that aired on community television, sponsored workshops to promote SFI certification, established partnerships with conservation and academic groups and supported research projects.
 
“The Tennessee SIC has done an outstanding job of promoting the SFI standard, sharing best practices and reaching out to various stakeholders including, conservation groups, to ensure they hear the views of those involved in the management of our forests,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. “Through our SFI implementation committees we are seeing real, tangible on-the-ground improvements in forestry and awareness of SFI.”
 
 The award was presented to the Chair of the Tennessee SIC, Kevin Hoyt, senior natural resource analyst with Huber Engineered Woods at SFI’s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with a plaque recognizing the successes of the implementation committee, the Tennessee SIC received a $1,000 award. The committee will also be added to a separate plaque on display at SFI’s headquarters in Arlington, Va.
 
“The Tennessee SIC is proud to receive this award in recognition of the work we have done in our region to promote sustainable forest management under the SFI program,” said Hoyt. “By working with program participants, conservation groups, family forestland owners, state forestry personnel, lawmakers, and the forestry academic community we can improve forest management and ensure forest product customers have access to products from well managed forests.”
 
About SFI, Inc.
SFI, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program. SFI, Inc. directs all elements of the SFI program including the SFI Standard, chain of custody certification, labeling and marketing. SFI, Inc. is overseen by a three-chamber Board of Directors representing social, environmental and economic sectors.
For more information about the SFI program, visit www.sfiprogram.org

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2007 BMP Report

05/14/2009 -

2007 BMP REPORT

Please click here to download the Newly Release BMP Report   FILE SIZE: 1.14 MB LARGE FILE  
 

2007 BMP GUIDE

Guide to Forestry BMP's Practices in TN FILE SIZE: 402 KB

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TFA Passes Resolution through General Assembly Recognizing Tennessee’s Sustainable Forests.

06/14/2011 -

TFA is very proud to provide a copy of the signed resolution by Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Representative John Tidwell recognizing the value and importance of Tennessee’s sustainable forests, Master Loggers, forest landowners and our wood products industry.   The resolution notes that forest harvest and mortality consistently have been much less than forest growth, and forest inventory has increased significantly over the past few decades.  The Governor, Senate and House leadership and legislators also noted that the report “Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in Tennessee” found that forestry activities have few adverse effects on water quality.  In closing the resolution, the Governor and Legislature states “we hereby express our support for wood products sourced from Tennessee’s forests, recognizing that the forests of Tennessee provide many benefits, including a source of legitimate wood products”.  The resolution was adopted on May 21, 2011.

TFA appreciates our membership’s support to help in our efforts to pass this resolution so readily through the House and Senate.  Governor Haslam also very promptly signed the resolution.  Our organization also appreciates Rep. John Tidwell’s help in sponsoring this important resolution.  Rep. Tidwell represents District 74 and lives in New Johnsonville.

All House and Senate members voted FOR this resolution.  There was no opposition and no dissenting votes against this resolution.

TFA hopes that this resolution will provide support to our mills that need documentation of our state’s sustainable forests for overseas and domestic customers.  For a signed copy of the resolution, please click here.  For more information, please contact Candace at TFA.

 

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