Forests and Forestry Resource Library
NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund
The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund is dedicated to restoring native forests to conditions that will improve associated wildlife species and the health of freshwater systems, while advancing strategies to support working forests.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council's Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program is focused on the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. Funds, at present, are targeted at work that will develop a 'national urban forestry funding assessment and methodology' or that will will provide increased 'understanding of urban forest ecosystem/ecological services.'
Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.
Forest Plan - Daniel Boone National Forest
Every National Forest has a Land and Resource Management Plan. The Forest Plan describes desired conditions that may be achievable only over a period longer than the 15 years covered by the plan. Monitoring and evaluation reports for the Forest Plan are available here.
Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers. The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.
Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.
i-Tree and i-Tree Hydro
iTree is a software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools quantify the structure of trees and forests, and the environmental services that trees provide. Information regarding i-Tree workshops are available here.
i-Tree Hydro is designed for users interested in watershed scale analyses of vegetation and impervious cover effects on hydrology. i-Tree Hydro simulates the effects of changes in tree and impervious cover characteristics within a defined watershed on stream flow and water quality. It was designed specifically to handle urban vegetation effects so urban natural resource managers and urban planners can quantify the impacts of changes in tree and impervious cover on local hydrology to aid in management and planning decisions.
Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin.
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for camping, boating and ramps, fishing, hunting, swimming, trails, and more.
Land and Resource Management Planning - Land Between the Lakes
A USDA Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plan finalizes the collaborative efforts between the public and the Forest Service for guiding future forest planning. A concerted effort of Forest Service and civilian scientists, biologists, foresters, and other specialists contribute to and support the findings and recommendations in a plan. The 2004 Area Plan still guides Land Between The Lakes’ land and resource management decisions.
Land and Water Conservation Fund Map Viewer
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands. This national map viewer displays LWCF proposals on US Forest Service System Lands.
London Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the London Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest.
National Best Management Practices Program
The National Best Management Practices (BMP) Program was developed to improve management of water quality consistently with the Federal Clean Water Act and State water quality programs.The National BMP Program consists of four main components: 1) The National Core BMP Technical Guide 2) The National Core BMP Monitoring Technical Guide 3) Revised National Direction, and 4)A national data management and reporting system.
National Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Technical Guide
The Forest Service's national riparian vegetation monitoring core protocol. Published in 2014.
Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series
The Forest Service has made available 26 webinars on a variety of open space topics including Session 24: Integrating Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe and Session 11: An All Lands Approach to Ecosystem Services for Water.
Projects - Land Between the Lakes
Ongoing and completed project work at Land Between the Lakes.
Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Urban Forestry 101
This website hosts information and educational resources on the benefits of urban forests.
Watershed Condition Framework
The Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework and the accompanying Watershed Condition Classification Technical Guide establish a consistent, comparable, and credible process for improving the health of watersheds on national forests and grasslands. This framework aims to focus our efforts in a consistent and accountable manner and facilitate new investments in watershed restoration that will provide economic and environmental benefits to local communities. The technical guide provided the protocol for the agency's first national assessment of watershed condition across all 193 million acres of National Forest System lands.
U.S. OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Website
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is a coalition of groups, including citizens, the coal industry, and government dedicated to restoring forests on coal mined lands in the Eastern United States. This website offers a variety of resources related to reforesting coal mined lands in Appalachia.
Forest Reclamation Advisories
Forest Reclamation Advisories are informational documents put together by the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Science Team to clearly explain the Forestry Reclamation Approach and address questions about reclamation practices that can be used to prepare coal mined lands to forestry related land uses.
Market-Based Mine Land Reclamation: Reforesting Surface Mines
A pdf consisting of fact sheets that demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social benefits of forestry reclamation.
Technology Development and Transfer
One of the ways that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement balances coal production with environmental protection is by providing resources for technical assistance, training, and technology development. These activities support and enhance the technical skills that states and tribes need to operate their regulatory and reclamation programs.
STATE RESOURCES - KentuckY
KY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Plant Availability Guide
The Kentucky Grown Landscape Plant Availability Guide searchable database allows users to search for plant material available in wholesale quantities from Kentucky nurseries. Users can search by common plant name, genus and species, or company name.
KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
Agriculture Water Quality Plan and Agriculture Water Quality Authority
Members of the Agriculture Water Quality Authority are appointed by the governor to represent the state’s agriculture and environmental community while developing and supporting a statewide agricultural water quality plan. The statewide agriculture water quality plan is an effort to produce a practical, flexible, coordinated natural resources management system that protects the waters of the Commonwealth and complies with applicable government rules and regulations. This website lists members of the authority, contains links to meeting minutes, and links visitors to the Agriculture Water Quality Plan.
The Division of Conservation compiled this list of links related to agriculture and conservation. Linked websites include UK's Forest Leadership Program, UK's tool for creating an Agriculture Water Quality Plan, and others.
State Cost Share Program
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program are financial and technical assistance programs created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. Water related practices eligible for cost share are agriculture and animal waste control facilities; streambank stabilization; animal waste utilization; vegetative filter strips; integrated crop management; pesticide containment; sinkhole protection; pasture and hay land forage quality; heavy use area protection; rotational grazing system establishment; water well protection; forest land and cropland erosion control systems; closure of agriculture waste impoundment; on-farm fallen animal composting; soil health management; precision nutrient management; strip intercropping system; livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection.
KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
20/20 Vision for Reforestation
The goal for this project is to plant 20 million seedlings over the next 20 years, making it currently the most ambitious tree planting project of its kind in the nation. This webpage has information about the program and about who to contact if you would like to become involved.
Field Guide to Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesting in Kentucky
This guide was designed as a field reference for timber harvesting operations. It contains minimum requirements and specifications of Best Management Practices appropriate for timber harvesting operations in Kentucky. Use of these BMPs will help reduce or eliminate sources of water pollution.
Forestland Assessment Online Survey Results
An online survey was conducted in 2009 to determine the forest issues that are most relevant to Kentucky citizens.
Publications covering a variety of subject including logging best management practices designed to protect water quality.
Forest Stewardship Program and Landowner Services
The Kentucky Forest Stewardship Program is a free program available to all private forestland owners who own forestland. The Division of Forestry can arrange for a forester, wildlife biologist, other natural resources professional or all of the above to meet with you to help prepare a customized forest stewardship plan based on your goals and objectives for your property. On the forest stewardship program application, you are asked to choose a first and a second priority of management. Choices include both fish and wildlife habitat and forest watershed improvement. If you choose these options resource professionals will meet with you to help you plan for improving the habitat or watershed value of your forest.
How to Fund an Urban Forestry Program
Guide for funding an urban forestry program in the state of Kentucky.
Kentenia State Forest Website
Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest.
Kentucky Forest Conservation Act
The Kentucky Forest Conservation Act requires loggers to use appropriate best management practices to protect water quality. The Division of Forestry has a number of resources related to the document including a Forest Conservation Act Fact Sheet, Loggers Guide to the Forest Conservation Act, and a What Landowners Should Know about the Forest Conservation Act document.
Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.
Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.
Master Logger Program
The Kentucky Master Logger Program is an education program that teaches logging methods that benefit both industry and the forest. The program was developed following the passage of the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act, which regulates all commercial loggers and requires the use of best management practices to help protect water quality. Please visit the Kentucky Master Logger Web site for a complete list of upcoming classes.
State Nurseries and Tree Seedlings
The Kentucky Division of Forestry operates two seedling nurseries for the purpose of planting on public and privately-owned land. These nurseries are located at Gilbertsville in Marshall County near the Kentucky Dam and at Grassy Creek in Morgan County near the town of West Liberty. Division nurseries offer 51 different species of hardwoods and conifers for sale for planting on open crop or pasture land, developing a Christmas tree plantation, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving urban areas and reclaiming surface mining sites. This webpage offers tree seedling planting instructions and seedling descriptions and fact sheets.
Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy
The Kentucky Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy document identifies key forest-related issues and priorities to support development of a long-term resource strategy specific to Kentucky's forest needs. Specific sections of interest cover Water Quality and Quantity, as well as Funding.
Tree Planting Tips
A guide to planting trees from the KY Division of Forestry.
Urban and Community Forestry Grants
The division administers this program in cooperation with the Kentucky Urban Forestry Council for the purpose of encouraging and supporting long-term and sustained Urban and Community Forestry programs.
Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Kentucky Division of Forestry provides urban forestry technical assistance to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and private landowners. The focus of the urban forestry program is to help communities develop long-term, self-sustaining urban forestry programs. One way this is being achieved is through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The division also assists with tree board formation and support, the development of tree ordinances, Arbor Day planning and Tree City USA applications.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Kentucky's Water Health Guide
Kentucky's Water Health Guide is a summary of the current and historic conditions, activities, trends and impacts on the health of the rivers and streams that flow through the Commonwealth. This report describes the natural conditions of the streams and lakes in Kentucky, such as the types of rocks and soils, the land features, the types of vegetation, the quality of the water and how it moves. It also describes the human activities and influences, such as: building and maintenance of homes, businesses, and industries; raising of crops and livestock; treatment of human waste; recreational activities; timber cutting; mining; construction and maintenance of water lines, sewer lines, roads, pipelines, and other types of infrastructure that support human populations.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Species Fact Sheets
Fact sheets for select plants, insects, trees, and invasive exotic plants.
STATE RESOURCES - TenNessee
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
Tree Care Plan
The purpose of the Austin Peay State University's 2016 tree care plan is to identify and develop policies and procedures to be used in planning, establishing, maintaining and preserving the landscape on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
This website is home to information about the City of Franklin's urban forestry program. Included are links to information about theCity Arborist, Tree Commission, a City Trees List, a Gardening and Landscape Video, "A Walk in the Park" video interview with City Arborist, Todd Snackenberg, a Tree Topping Video (again with Todd Snackenberg), and more.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 5 - Low Impact Development
The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain. Topics covered include: Bioretention, Urban Bioretention, Permeable Pavement, Infiltration, Water Quality Swales, Extended Detention Ponds, Downspout Disconnection, Grass Channels, Sheet Flow, Reforestation, Cisterns, and Green Roofs. Additional LID resources and information are available through Metro on this webpage, including a table of incentives for Green Infrastructure, an LID Site Design Tool, and a cistern design tool. Metro also offers this LID Manual Training Video to introduce manual methodology and describe how to build a site according to the manual, manual training slides, and an interactive map of LID sites in Metro Nashville.
Managing Your Woodlands Handbook
A handbook for managing woodlands sustainably.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor Project
The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation. This irreplaceable jewel could very easily be lost without careful planning. So far, The Land Trust has protected 445 acres through eight individual projects of the corridor with conservation easements.
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here.
MILL CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Native Plants
Information about the rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants, including rain garden guides, and native plant nurseries including GroWild Nursery in Fairview, Nashville Natives in Fairview, Moore & Moore Garden Center in Nashville, Sunlight Gardens in Andersonville, and Native Gardens in Greenback.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
Grand Rivers Corridor Work
The Grand Rivers Corridor encompasses more than 513,000 acres in the watersheds of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers below their dams at Land Between the Lakes. Important systems in the area include aquatic assemblages of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, sloughs and emergent wetlands, bottomland forest, oak flatwoods, forested ravines, non-hydric oak savannah, native grasslands and xeric glade communities. Conservation targets for the area include rare or declining species listed above in glades, prairies, grasslands, wetlands, water, and karst areas and cave systems.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Download the Southeast Early Detection Network App
There are apps that make it easy for you to identify, map and care for trees, as well as report tree pests to officials. A new phone application to identify tree pests and diseases that could affect Tennessee’s trees is now available for public use. Download the Southeast Early Detection Network app at iTunes or Google Play.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forests, streams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
Habitat Conservation Plan Website
The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan is a partnership that includes the City of Crossville and Cumberland County, universities, organizations, business owners, landowners, and other private citizens. These partners are working together to conserve the forests and waters of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and provide for continued economic growth in the region. The plan is fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A map of the planning area is here — Cumberland River Basin portions of the area include sections of the Caney Fork and Obey River. A brochure with general information about the plan is here, a species to benefit fact sheet is here, FAQs are answered here, information about events is here, and a newsletter is provided here.
Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee
TNC - Tennessee's program to help communities fight invasive tree pests and maintain tree health. This webpage contains a variety of resources including information about this program and TN tree pests, educational materials about not moving firewood (including a video on the subject), a pest and pathogen fact sheet, wallet card pest ids,hemlock protection information, training videos about TN's tree pests, links to TN's If Tree's Could Sing Program, and citizen science tools.
Heat-Treated Firewood: How to Find and How to Sell
Learn more about locations across Tennessee where you can buy heat-treated firewood, and how you can create and sell heat-treated firewood using firewood kilns. This webpage includes a link to an interactive map for where to buy firewood free of invasive pests that threaten our basin's forests.
Hemlocks and How to Save Them
Hemlocks in Tennessee are under attack by an invasive insect known as the hemlock woolly adelgid. Learn what you can do to help protect our hemlocks.
If Trees Could Sing
If Trees Could Sing is a Nature Conservancy program that brings together a diverse array of musical artists to talk about trees and their benefits for people.
Report a Pest
When you identify tree damage or notice an unusual tree pest, take a picture and note the location. Report your findings to officials in Tennessee by calling (615) 837-5520 or emailing Protect.TNForests@tn.gov. You can also report online at: http://protecttnforests.org.
RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
A list of achievements by the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance.
Increasing Protection for Drinking Water Sources
Best management practices for increasing protection for drinking water sources. This page includes links to related resources such as Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States by World Resources Institute, Linking Source Water Protection and TMDLS by Water Research Foundation, and Source Water Protection Resource Community by American Water Works Association.
A Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Manual.
Managing Urban Runoff
Best management practices for managing urban runoff. This page includes links to related resources such as River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers by River Network, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System by River Network, Stormwater Pollution Permits by River Networ, Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality by American Rivers, Stormwater Management by Center for Watershed Protection, Stormwater Institute by Water Environment Federation, andRooftops to Rivers: Using Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows by NRDC.
Permitting an End to Pollution
A guide to scrutinizing and strengthening water pollution permits in your state.
Promoting Green Streets – A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment
To address complementary municipal goals of improved water quality and restored natural hydrology, this project focused on the development of a simple and logical methodology to promote street-based stormwater management.
Here you can search through River Network’s large compilation of publications, newsletters, tools, templates, and recorded webinars. The resources included here are intended to help you advance your work and spark innovation and new ideas.
River Advocates Fundraising Guide
A guide to fundraising for river advocates.
Tools For Protecting Your River
Citizens who organize on behalf of their hometown stream-or its entire watershed-take on important, rewarding work that will impact the stream and their community for years to come. This is River Networks Toolkit for Watershed Groups.
A field guide for evaluating proposed watershed restoration plans.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Biomass Energy in the South
To help the South reap the promise of bioenergy without degrading its natural resources, SELC is calling for clear standards that restrict the use of whole trees and prevent the conversion of native forests into energy crops; keep national forests off-limits to biomass extraction, especially in the ecologically rich Southern Appalachians; and ensure protection of old growth forests, streams and wetlands, wildlife habitat, and other natural treasures. More information about this effort is available on this website.
Forestry Bioenergy in the Southeast United States: Implications for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity
The southeastern United States (SE U.S.) is currently experiencing what is likely the world’s most rapid growth in the development of woody biomass energy facilities. Expansion of this new industry is prompting wide-ranging discussion about opportunities and risks that biomass energy demands may pose for SE forest lands. This study, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center with funds provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was developed to help inform and guide this emerging body of basic and applied forest research.
Protecting Our Southern Appalachian National Forests
SELC has a number of key priorities in defending our treasured Southern Appalachian forests, including: challenging destructive logging projects and other damaging activities; restoring ravaged lands; safeguarding roadless areas; and setting a positive vision for the future. This webpage contains more information about this effort.
Protecting Public Lands on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau
Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau is renowned for its expansive forests, rich aquatic life, and outstanding outdoor recreation. In years past, surface coal mining left a devastating environmental footprint on the plateau--clear cuts, polluted rivers, and unstable slopes. While parts of the region have shown signs of recovery, the threat of future mountaintop removal and similarly destructive forms of surface mining is ongoing. SELC has been engaged for several years in efforts to protect the Cumberland Plateau from the worst impacts of coal mining.
Roadless Areas of the Southern Appalachians (2004)
A look at what we've lost and we stand to lose in forested areas of Appalachia.
STATEWIDE ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
Coalitions and Alliances
SOCM is a member of a number of alliances including The Alliance for Appalachia, which works to stop mountaintop removal strip mining; the Citizens Coal Council, which inform, empower and work for and with communities affected by the mining, processing and use of coal; CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now, now known as American Clean Energy Agenda), which works on renewable energy alternatives, conservation and efficiency; and the Dogwood Alliance, which focuses on forestry issues in the south.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
How to Plant a Tree Guide
This TEC recommended guide walks you through the steps of planting balled and burlapped, container, or bare-rooted trees.
Tennessee Tree Project
The goal of this program is to plant or care for 1 million native trees in Tennessee. Tree planting projects are among the most popular programs that TEC offers, and they bring terrific publicity and community relations opportunities for their partners. This page includes of trees that TEC has planted in middle TN.
Useful Tree Resources
A variety of resources that cover topics such as how to plant trees and which varieties may be best for you.
Watershed Support Center
The Council’s Watershed Support Center takes challenges and turns them into opportunities for Tennessee rivers and streams and waterways and the wildlife and people who enjoy them. Work includes: Planting trees to reforest the stream banks and planting live stakes to stabilize the soil and help improve water quality; installing rain gardens, rain gardens add beauty to the landscape and reduce flooding by allowing storm water to be absorbed by the plants and infiltrated into the ground; installing revetments (cedar timbers wrapped in coir mat) on to the eroded bank to prevent further deterioration of the stream bank; fish habitat restoration initiatives in the streams.