Crossville Workshop to Address State’s Need for Firewood Producers

November 3rd workshop will show participants how to start their own certified firewood business.

Nashville, TN | October 10, 2017

An alliance of state, federal and non-governmental partners announced a free public workshop in Crossville, Tennessee that will show participants how to develop their own small businesses to sell heat-treated firewood to fill increasing demand at campgrounds in Tennessee. 

The free workshop on Friday, November 3 will be held at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville from 9:30 to 11:30 am CT. During the workshop, the group will learn about the pests that can travel in untreated firewood, about business opportunities in selling certified, heat-treated firewood and about the methods used in preparing the firewood. To date, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee State Parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–Nashville District campgrounds have all enacted firewood policies to restrict visitors from bringing in firewood that might be infested with tree-killing pests.

The reason? Tree-killing insects and diseases are becoming an increasing problem in Tennessee and all over the United States. These insects and diseases can't move far on their own, but when people transport firewood in their cars and trucks they can jump hundreds of miles

“As public agencies continue to protect our forests through these firewood policies, more citizens will need to have sources of safer firewood,” said Trish Johnson, Director of Forest Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. “This demand is creating new opportunities for local entrepreneurs to help our forests and gain a new source of income.”
Staff from Tennessee Department of Agriculture/Division of Forestry, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, State Parks, Army Corps of Engineers, and The Nature Conservancy are involved with the workshop.

Please register for the workshop by October 20th by contacting Katie Pareigis with The Nature Conservancy: 615-383-9909 or Directions to workshop location will be provided at registration.

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Paul Kingsbury
Director of Communications
210 25th Avenue North
Suite 810
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 383-9909


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