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Forestry Division to hold Hemlock wooly adelgid workshop on Nov. 14
(Oct. 23, 2015) - Private landowners near Stinging Forks Falls State Natural Area in Rhea County are joining forces with the Tennessee Hemlock Conservation Partnership to show area landowners how to save their majestic, but threatened hemlock trees. A free workshop to be held Saturday, Nov. 14, will help private landowners learn about the threat of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and gain skills needed to safely treat and preserve their own hemlocks. “The hemlock woolly adelgid has the potential to kill our hemlocks, changing the natural landscape my family and I have known for the last 20 years,” said Chris Anderson, who manages 232 acres on his family’s certified forestry tree farm, CRC Stewardship Ridge, between Stinging Fork Falls and Piney Falls state natural areas and bordering the Cumberland Trail.

Wilson County Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer
(Oct. 6, 2015) - A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been expanded to include another Tennessee county. With EAB discovered in a trap in the Mount Juliet area, Wilson County has now been added to the list of counties restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 47.

Victor Ashe Greenway to close for 3 days
(Aug. 3, 2015) - The greenway connecting Victor Ashe Park and Northwest Middle School will be closed during the day starting Monday, Aug. 3, as crews cut down 22 diseased ash trees. The greenway is expected to reopen by Thursday, Aug. 6. The greenway also will be open Monday evening, Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening next week, when crews aren't working in the area. The ash trees are victims of the emerald ash borer, an exotic pest that's decimating tens of thousands of trees nationally and has spread its way to East Tennessee.

Five More Counties Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer
(July 29, 2015) - A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been expanded to include five more Tennessee counties. With EAB discovered in traps in Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale and Williamson counties, those areas are now under restriction for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. EAB was confirmed in Cumberland and Bledsoe counties in June. Tennessee now has 46 counties under state and federal EAB quarantine.

Two More Counties Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer
(July 9, 2015) - A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been expanded to include two more Tennessee counties. With EAB discovered in traps in Bledsoe and Cumberland, both counties have now been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 41.

Smokies adopts new firewood restrictions
(Jan. 11, 2015) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted new restrictions on firewood usage. Park officials said in a statement that campgrounds will allow only heat-treated firewood that has been certified beginning in March. The policy aims to slow the spread of invasive, tree-killing insects such as the emerald ash borer.




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