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Tennessee Forestry Commission

The Tennessee Forestry Commission, established in 1985, serves in an advisory capacity on forestry policy to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the governor. In brief, the Commission is to formulate and recommend programs of fire protection, reforestation and seedling production, forestry assistance to private landowners, educational and informational functions which enhance understanding of the value and management of the forest resource, management of state forests, urban tree management, development of markets for Tennessee forest products, protection from insect and disease epidemics, and protection of the soil and water quality. The Commission is also charged with selecting three candidates for state forester, approving an annual budget prepared by the state forester, preparing an annual report, making recommendations to the legislature on forest policy, approving the forestry division long-range plan, and formulating and recommending any policies that further forest protection and management.

John Ross, Chair
Savannah, TN - Represents owners of greater than 500 acres

Bob Qualman, Vice-Chair
Brentwood, TN - Represents owners of less than 500 acres

Paul Trianosky, Secretary
Mountain City, TN - Represents owners of less than 500 acres

Johnny Heard
Collinwood, TN - Represents hardwood manufacturers

Jack Holder
Counce, TN - Represents pulp and paper manufacturers

Dottie Mann
Clarksville, TN - Represents conservation organizations

James W. Reeves
Stanton, TN - Represents public at large

Julius Johnson, Ex-Officio
Commissioner – Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Ed Carter, Ex-Officio
Director – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Robert Martineau, Ex-Officio
Commissioner – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation