Tennessee’s forest health management program seeks to minimize resource losses from forest insects, disease, vertebrate pests, or other sources impacting growth such as flooding and air pollution. It monitors and evaluates pest occurrences; promotes healthy forests through education and technical assistance; and implements integrated pest management strategies on state forests, nurseries, and orchards.
In Tennessee, primary emphasis is placed on major threats to forest health. They are: gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, thousand cankers disease, and southern pine beetle.
The Division of Forestry works with the USDA Forest Service and the TDA Division of Consumer and Industry Services, Plant Certification Section to carry out program activities including aerial and ground surveys of affected lands and showing forest managers and landowners how to prevent and manage pests.