New Crossville Forestry Work Center Now Open
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture opened a new Division of Forestry work center in Crossville today with a tree-planting ceremony and open house.
The work center consolidates three Forestry offices into one centralized location that will save costs, improve workflow efficiency, and provide a place for Forestry personnel to store and maintain wildland firefighting equipment. The building also houses a call center for burn permit requests and space to host outreach and educational events for the community.
“This new, expanded work center will play a significant role in the Division of Forestry’s continued success,” Commissioner Jai Templeton said. "We appreciate the support from Governor Haslam and the state legislature as we’ve worked to improve efficiency of the delivery of our services for Tennesseans through the construction of this facility.”
Area Forester Brad Canfield is based at the new work center to assist woodland owners with property stewardship, including technical assistance, forest planning assistance, cost-share assistance, forest health assessments and forestry information.
"Crossville is a central location, with easy access to all areas of the Cumberland District,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “This facility will assist our foresters as they protect, promote, and manage forestlands in the area.”
The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use of forest resources by assisting landowners, suppressing and preventing wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data. The Division also works to promote primary and secondary forest industries to stimulate the state’s economy. Click here for more information.