Pressure to halt cutting trees in national forests could be good news for owners of timber land in Tennessee. Harvesting timber on public lands has declined over the past decade.

More recently ex-President Clinton increased the number of forested acres designated as “roadless” (Interestingly, roadless forests can't be logged because roads are necessary for access and hauling.)

So how does this help Tennessee?

Only four percent of the forest land in Tennessee is in a national forest. In contrast 79 percent of the forest land is owned by farmers, business people and other individuals.

Tennessee is forming county forest associations to teach responsible forest management, to unite landowners in opposition to legislation that would limit the right to practice forestry and to dispel myths about forestry.

If you own timber land, contact the county Extension office for more information on how to join or form county forestry associations.