Skip to Main Content

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. Full roles and responsibiilities of the commission can be found in the Tenn. Code Ann. § 11-4-201.

Bob Qualman, Chair
Brentwood, TN - Represents forest landowners of less than 500 acres

Johnny Heard, Vice-Chair
Collinwood, TN - Represents hardwood manufacturers

Tom Midyett, Secretary
Knoxville, TN - Represents pulp and paper manufacturers

Charles Daugherty
Crossville, TN - Represents public at large

Alex Richman
Lynchburg, TN - Represents forest landowners of greater than 500 acres

John Wilson
Memphis, TN - Represents conservation organizations

Mike Witt
Cookeville, TN - Represents forest landowners of less than 500 acres

Jai Templeton, Ex-Officio
Commissioner – Tennessee Department of Agriculture

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

Shari Meghreblian, Ex-Officio
Commissioner – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Annual Reports