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
– Website provides most pertinent information on Emerald Ash Borer for homeowners and answers the most common questions about the insect and management options

New edition of Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer available now from North Central IPM Center


HWA Strike Team
– Tennessee Division of Forestry (TDF) is hiring seasonal forestry personnel for team positions to treat hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from East TN to the Cumberland Plateau. Follow link for more details.


New Tree App Builds Partnerships Between Citizens and Scientists
(July 20, 2017) - TreeSnap, a new phone app developed by the University of Kentucky Forest Health Research Center and the University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for Android and iOS cell phones, is designed to connect scientists with foresters, landowners and interested citizens in an effort to protect and restore the nation’s trees. A team led by Bert Abbott of the UK Forest Health Research and Education Center and a University of Tennessee team led by Meg Staton developed the free app as a part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program. The partnership is part of a larger collaboration with Washington State University and the University of Connecticut. One of the team’s objectives in developing the app was to explore how they could engage the public with online resources scientists use for research, explained programmer and UT postdoctoral scholar Bradford Condon.

Demand for Pest-free Firewood Heating Up
(June 12, 2017) - Parks and campgrounds urging heat-treatment certification. Federal and state natural resource agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation want to expand availability of government-certified firewood at public campgrounds. ...While the number of certified firewood-drying kilns in Tennessee is still relatively small, Slayton said she’s “working extremely hard to raise that number so folks can buy Tennessee-produced certified firewood as opposed to out of state producers.”

New firewood policy in place at Davidson County campgrounds
(May 17, 2017) - A new policy is in effect at campgrounds in Nashville that will affect what firewood campers use. "The public has been pretty receptive to it," said Lindsey Sullivan, a park ranger. "The new policy essentially makes campers have to bring in certified heat-treated firewood." Experts say the reason is because of invasive pests killing trees.

Invasive species pose risk to Tennessee homeowners and forests
(January 25, 2017) - The fight to protect East Tennessee's forests — and cities — from an invasive species continues expanding. The emerald ash borer has been found in 47 of the state's 95 counties, while 40 counties are know to be infested with the Hemlock woolly adelgid. Their effects on forests are widespread and well-documented, but the ash borer also poses a risk to homeowners. An April 2016 Times Free Press article chronicled the plight of an East Chattanooga man faced with a $5,000 tab to remove four ash trees from his yard that were killed by the ash borer, lest he risk the dead trees falling on his home.

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