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

2016 Regional Meeting at Crossville

11/16/2016 -

Please mark your calendars and save the date to attend TFA's Middle/East Regional Meeting.

12/7/2016
Cumbeland Mtn. State Park Lodge, Crossville
Social Hour: 5:30 PM   Dinner: 6:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Scott Schalarbaum, UT
Program: "Hardwood Seed Orchards and TN Forestry in the Future"

$15.00 registration fee (Please pay at door)

To RSVP please call, 615-883-3832 or email Dana Howard, dhoward@tnforestry.com

 

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2016 Southern Forest Products Export Conference Early Registration Deadline- Monday, SEPT. 26

09/24/2016 -

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Monday, SEPT. 26.

Forest Products Expo Conference Flyer       Southern Forest Products Export Conference Agenda

Through sponsorship from Tennessee Wood Products, we are excited to offer $500 in travel support to a representative from your company to attend the 2016 Southern Forest Products Export Conference in Charleston, SC on Oct. 17-18. The conference offers the opportunity to connect southern state wood-using industries and experts on international trade of forest products, learn about developed and emerging markets, and explore resources available for initiating and developing business abroad.

The focus of the two-day meeting will be on the key global markets where Southern forest products can compete. World-class speakers are lined up to address market conditions in key countries and share the experiences of successful exporters covering a variety of forest products. A detailed conference agenda is attached.

As a value-added service of the Tennessee Wood Products branding initiative, sponsorship of attendance at these types of conferences supports the exchange of valuable information and education to brand participants. Outreach of this type helps participants grow their businesses, which, as a result, strengthens the overall Tennessee wood-using industry by increasing market opportunities.

We are offering travel support of $500 for up to 10 participating Tennessee Wood Products businesses or supporting partners (port owners/operators, county economic development officials, etc.). The $175 conference registration ($200 with selected field tour) will be included in the $500 sponsorship, and the remaining $325 ($300) will be reimbursable through a participant provided invoice detailing travel expenses incurred during the dates of the conference. Qualifying expenses need to meet State of Tennessee Travel Regulations. 

Not a member of Tennessee Wood Products. Sign-up today at www.TNWoodProducts.org.

The deadline for early registration is Monday, September 26, so time is short. Contact Tim Phelps at your earliest convenience if you are interested in attending this very informative conference.

Tim R. Phelps

615-428-5913

Tim phelps | Forestry Communications & Outreach Unit Leader
Division of Forestry

Ellington Agricultural Center, Bruer Bldg.
406 Hogan Rd., Nashville, TN  37220
p. 615-837-5543 c. 615-428-5913

Tim.R.Phelps@tn.gov
http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/section/forests

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2016 Logger of the Year Application and Guidlines

06/03/2016 -

Download Logger of the Year Application and Guidelines 

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2016 West TN Regional Meeting

05/23/2016 -

West TN Regional Meeting

Hagy's Catfish Hotel Restaurant
Address: 1140 Hagy Ln, Shiloh, TN 38376

Social Hour: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM

Speaker Heather Slayton
TN Division of Forestry

Topic: “The Status of the Softwood Industry in West TN and Its Impact on Forest Health: A Tough Discussion”

$25.00 Registration Fee: Please Pay at the Door

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2016 Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournaments Announced!!

04/08/2016 -

15th Annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament In Kingsport

Friday, May 6th, 2016
MeadowView in Kingsport
Cattails Golf Course 
8:00 a.m. (8:30 tee time)

Please click here to register, prices or more information on 15th Annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament In Kingsport


The 19th Annual Richard Jones Memorial Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament 
Benefiting LeBonhuer Children's Hospital 

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Shiloh Golf Course
2915 Caney Branch Road
Adamsville, TN

Shotgun Starts:
8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times
Sign up NOW to reserve your tee time.

Please click here to register, prices and more information on Richard Jones Memorial Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament.
 

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The Forest Health & Sustainability Unit with the TN Division of Forestry is cooperating with The Nature Conservancy UT, TDA, and APHIS announce their first firewood kiln workshop!!

03/11/2016 -

For Immediate Release
Contact Paul Kingsbury, The Nature Conservancy
615-516-4480                                                                                                  
                                           
Workshop to Address State’s Need for Certified Firewood Producers
April 9th workshop will show participants how to start their own certified firewood business

The Forest Health & Sustainability Unit with the TN Division of Forestry is cooperating with The Nature Conservancy UT, TDA, and APHIS to put on their first firewood kiln workshop. 

Please click her for TFA News & Notes with an article regarding the workshops and more information.
 

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2016 Teacher Conservation Workshops Announced!!

02/23/2016 -

What is the Teachers Conservation Workshop (TCW)

2016 Teachers Conservation Workshop (TCW) Brochure

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE 
June 13-17, 2016 
Monday at 8:30 A.M. (EDT) 
Through Noon on Friday 
Knoxville, Tennessee 

PICKWICK LANDING STATE PARK 
June 21-24, 2016 
Tuesday, 9:00 A.M. (CDT)
Through Noon on Friday 
Pickwick Dam, Tennessee 

 

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2016 Annual Meeting Dates

04/13/2015 -

2016 Annual Meeting

September 21-23, 2016
Room Rate: $119.00

MARGARITAVILLE
131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

ROOM FEATURES– Guest Room Amenities in Every Room

· Stack Stone Fireplace

· Private Balcony

· Wet Bar with Refrigerator and Microwave

· Keurig Coffee Maker

· Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker

· Iron/Ironing Board

· Dual Rain Shower Fixtures

· Granite Top Vanity with Vessel Sinks & Lighted Mirror

· Hair Dryers

· Complimentary Wireless Internet

· 40-Inch Flat Screen

· Alarm Clock & Apple I-Pad Docking Station

TFA Annual Meeting Brochure: Coming Soon!!
Please call Lisa at TFA for Annual Meeting Advertising opportunities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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