Michael and Robyn Fleming own 86 acres of forest in Claiborne County that was recently certified as a Stewardship Forest by the Tennessee Division of Forestry.
The national Stewardship Forest Program provides private forest landowners with assistance in planning and carrying out sustainable forest management for multiple use benefits such as timber, recreation and wildlife. The program includes developing a management plan that provides detailed guidelines on managing the forest to meet the landowners’ specific goals.
The Flemings have carried out several management practices which qualified them for certification, including eliminating exotic invasive plants, improving wildlife habitat and cull tree removal.
For information on participating in forest stewardship and taking proper care of your woodland, contact your local Division of Forestry office.