The 10-year anniversary of the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Days, sponsored in part by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, features a “Do-it-Yourself-Forestry” theme. This year the educational event will be held at Chickasaw State Forest in Chester County and the University of Tennessee AgResearch Highland Rim Forest in Franklin Country.
These free, all-weather events begin at 8 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 18 (Chester County), and Saturday April 25 (Franklin County). A brief welcome and introduction ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Following this, each event will feature several field demonstrations until a break for lunch at noon.
Field demonstrations will include a demonstration of cutting logs with a portable sawmill, techniques for chainsaw safety and tips on how to use an ATV to lift and drag logs.
At noon on April 18, keynote speaker Jai Templeton, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner, will address the attendees. The event on the 25th will feature Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, as the keynote speaker. A complimentary lunch will be provided during each keynote address.
New field demonstrations will resume at 1:15 p.m. and run until the conclusion of the event at 3 p.m. This second set of demonstrations include a demonstration of tree planting and training on recognizing an overstocked forest.
To register, call the Tennessee Forestry Association office in Nashville toll free at 800-893-7403. When calling, please state the number in your party, your address and phone number. Registration for the event is capped at 120 people, so pre-registration is required.
For directions to the event in Chickasaw County, start at the intersection of highway 45 and 100 in Henderson. Then, travel west approximately eight miles to the park’s main entrance. Continue one mile to the west entrance. Turn left, then remain left for one mile to the event site.
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.
This 10-year anniversary event is funded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and is also cosponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Dr. David Mercker, UT Extension Forestry Specialist, 731-425-4703, email@example.com