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Jackson Workshop to address State’s need for firewood producers

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

April 21st workshop will show participants how to start their own certified firewood business

NASHVILLE, TN — An alliance of state, federal and non-governmental partners announced a free public workshop in Jackson, TN that will show participants how to develop their own small businesses to sell heat-treated firewood to fill increasing demand at campgrounds in Tennessee.

The free workshop on Friday, April 21 will be held at the University of Tennessee Extension Center in Jackson from 1 to 3 pm. During the workshop, the group will learn about the pests that can travel in untreated firewood, about business opportunities in selling certified, heat-treated firewood and about the methods used in preparing the firewood. To date, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee State Parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–Nashville District campgrounds have enacted firewood policies to restrict visitors from bringing in firewood that might be infested with tree-killing pests.

The reason? Tree-killing insects and diseases are becoming an increasing problem in Tennessee and all over the United States. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people transport firewood in their cars and trucks they can jump hundreds of miles

“As public agencies continue to protect our forests through these firewood policies, more citizens will need to have sources of safer firewood,” said Trish Johnson, Director of Forest Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. “This demand is creating new opportunities for local entrepreneurs to help our forests and gain a new source of income.”

Staff from Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, The Nature Conservancy, and The University of Tennessee are involved with the workshop. The April 21 workshop is the first of a series that will be held in 2017. It will qualify attendees for pesticide points and Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) points.

Please register for the workshop by contacting Katie Pareigis with The Nature Conservancy: 615-383-9909 or Directions to workshop location will be provided at registration.