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Tennessee Department of Agriculture Crime Unit Steps Up Citations for Off-Road Users in Areas of State Forests

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Agricultural Crime Unit (ACU) is teaming up with the Division of Forestry (TDF) to elevate enforcement of state forest regulations.

The increased law enforcement activity centers around misuse by off-highway vehicle (OHV) and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users in the state forests.

Prentice Cooper State Forest hiking trail damaged by off-highway vehicle use in unauthorized area.

Prentice Cooper State Forest hiking trail damaged by off-highway vehicle use in unauthorized area.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans Burn Permits are required through May 15th

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of ForestryNashville, TN – With the snow and ice behind us, warmer weather is springing up across the state. That’s a sign it’s time for yard and farm clean-up. With debris burning a useful tool to get rid of yard waste, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required through May 15th in most counties.

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Tennessee Debris Burn Permits Required starting October 15th

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week October 4th-10th by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires and obtain a debris burn permit for leaf and brush piles.

The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is October 15th.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

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Prentice Cooper, Franklin State Forests Campsites Closed to prevent spread of Coronavirus

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of ForestryNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is closing the campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice. A surge in the number of campers is creating safety and health concerns for the public and forestry staff.

Campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice.

Campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Laurel Wilt Disease detected in Robertson County, Hamblen County

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – 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 County and Hamblen County. In the last quarter of 2019, the disease was detected in trees in Montgomery County, Cheatham County, Dickson County and Williamson County.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

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Laurel Wilt Disease Detected on Sassafras Trees in Montgomery County, Dickson County

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is advising forest landowners to monitor their sassafras trees after detecting laurel wilt disease in Montgomery County and Dickson County.

Laurel wilt is a fungal disease caused by an invasive pathogen, Raffaelea lauricola, which can affect a range of plants in the Lauraceae family, including sassafras and spicebush in Tennessee.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

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Burn Permits Required Beginning September 23rd

 

Tennessee ForestryNashville, Tn – With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all open-air outdoor fires beginning Sept. 23rd.  

Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15th-May 15th.  While Tennessee has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, and indications right now don’t suggest a high fire danger, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is putting burn permits in place early as a precaution.  If current weather conditions continue as leaf fall begins, fire danger may escalate.  

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City of Clarksville to celebrate Arbor Day on April 5th

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville will celebrate Arbor Day by planting two poplar trees at 11:00am on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at Barksdale Elementary School, 1920 Madison Street.

The trees to be planted have been donated by the Clarksville Tree Board.

City of Clarksville to plant trees at Barksdale Elementary School.

City of Clarksville to plant trees at Barksdale Elementary School.

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Tennessee has record low number of Wildfires in 2018

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of ForestryNashville, TN – Tennessee is celebrating a record to be proud of. Thanks to favorable weather and citizens who burned debris safely, 2018 saw a record low number of wildfires.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is working to continue that trend throughout 2019 by reminding citizens that if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.

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Tennessee State Forester Urges Citizens to Practice Safe Debris Burning

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of ForestryNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is October 15th, 2018.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

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