Tennessee’s forest health management program seeks to minimize resource losses from forest insects, disease, vertebrate pests, or other sources impacting growth such as flooding and air pollution. It monitors and evaluates pest occurrences, promotes healthy forests through education and technical assistance and implements integrated pest management strategies on state forests, nurseries, and orchards.


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Drought and Oak Decline in Tennessee

Emerald Ash Borer Information for Homeowners
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Tackling Kudzu in East Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry and the National Park Service are partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful to host an educational event spotlighting kudzu in the Sevier County area. The public is invited to learn about this highly invasive and destructive plant and what homeowners can do to control it around their homes and communities.

Lewis County Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer
Another Tennessee county has been quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) after detection of the forest-devastating insect. Lewis County joins 62 other counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine. The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber, and other material that can spread EAB. The tree-killing beetle was recently found in Lewis County through the United States Department of Agriculture’s EAB detection program.

Additional Counties Affected by Laurel Wilt Disease
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is advising forest landowners to monitor their sassafras trees after detecting new cases of laurel wilt disease in Robertson and Hamblen Counties. In the last quarter of 2019, the disease was detected in trees in Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson and Williamson Counties.




The Nature Conservancy
  • Department of Agriculture  |  
  • Ellington Agricultural Center  |  
  • 440 Hogan Road  |  
  • Nashville, TN 37220  |  
  • (615) 837-5520  |  
  • Protect.TNForests@tn.gov