Private Landowners, Forestry and Wood Industry Invited to Attend

Teaching in the Forest

Discover responsible timber ractices at Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods, April 21 and May 19. ​Image courtesy UTIA. 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Sustainable Forestry versus Diameter Limit Cutting” is the theme for this year’s Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Days, sponsored in part by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The events will be held at Middleton Sawmill in Puryear, Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee AgResearch Highland Rim Forest in Franklin County near Tullahoma, Tennessee.

“Diameter limit cutting is the indiscriminate practice of harvesting trees based on their size (diameter) only. Whereas sustainable forestry takes into account the investment potential of more desirable trees. The programs at these events will educate landowners and industry professionals about responsible timber practices,” says David Mercker,
UT Extension forester and organizer of the events.

Both of these events, which feature different programming, are scheduled for Saturdays April 21 (Puryear) and May 19 (Tullahoma). Also, both will begin with registration at 7 a.m. CDT. Welcome and introductions will commence at 8:10 a.m., followed by a tour of the location and several field demonstrations. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.

These events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, call the Tennessee Forestry Association office in Nashville at 800-893-7403. When calling, please have the location you will be attending, the number in your party, your address and your phone number ready. Registration for each event is limited to 80.  

For directions to Middleton Sawmill in Puryear, start at the courthouse in Paris, Tennessee, and travel north on Route 641 approximately 5.7 miles. The mill entrance is on the left (west) side of the highway.

To locate the event in Franklin County, start at the intersection of highways 55 and 41 in Tullahoma. Then, travel south toward Winchester. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto UT Farm Road. Follow one-half mile to the entrance on the left.

The Forest Resources Center is one of ten research and education centers in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture AgResearch system. Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Forestry Resources Center is comprised of three forest units located in East and Middle Tennessee – Oak Ridge Forest, Cumberland Forest, and Highland Rim Forest, where the May 19 event will take place. Visit the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center online at for more details about UT forestry research.  

These events are funded in part by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and are also cosponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association. 

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Dr. David Mercker, UT Extension Forestry Specialist, 731-425-4703,