LOGGING AND TIMBER HARVEST

The TN Department of Agriculture has resources for finding a local forester that includes an Area Forester Map with area forester name and phone number by county. The Consulting Forester Directory will help you understand the process of selecting a forester and provides the consulting foresters contact information, their professional associations and registries, work area, and services they provide. 

Check out the “Log-On Before You Log” project created by the Tennessee Forestry Association for private forest landowners.  Discover information and educational links on finding a logger, how to create a forest management plan, and sell your timber.

 

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Through the Land Trust Alliance you can find several land trusts operating locally in Tennessee that will get you started on protecting your land. Be sure to check out the Land Trust for Tennessee. They have resources to inform you on how to get a conservation easement with them and potential tax deductions and benefits. 

Tennessee present-use timber taxaims to preserve land by authorizing the special assessment of real estate property used as forest or open space. Learn more here. Also, learn about EQIP in Tennessee.

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

The Tennessee Landowner Incentive Program aims to restore, enhance, and protect rare species habitat on private lands. The program offers cost-share assistance and potential cash benefits to landowners. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation is dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife habitats and natural resources by actively engaging landowners and all people who love the outdoors and want to protect it. Check out their programs here

 

FORESTRY EXTENSION SERVICE

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Forestry Extension, based in Knoxville, works to ensure best practices for sustainable and healthy forests and natural resources. The extension provides information and links to help you successfully manage your woodland resources. 

 

OTHER PROGRAMS FOR WOODLAND OWNERS

Are you looking for like-minded individuals to discuss woodland topics, practices, and issues? Visit Tennessee’s National Woodland Owners Association.

The American Tree Farm System provides valuable resources on how to be a forest steward.  Visit the Tennessee Tree Farm Program to learn more.