The Cumberland County Forestry Association has been selected the top county forestry association in Tennessee, completing an unprecedented triple crown of forestry awards in the state.

Previously the Crossville City Tree Board was honored by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council as Tree Board of the Year, and Clyde Bowman Jr. was named Tennessee Tree Farmer of the Year.

Cumberland County is one of 43 Tennessee counties that make up the state association. The local association was organized in 2001 and has over 100 members who are working to improve the forests of Cumberland County.

The association sponsors four education programs each year. Program subjects include wildlife habitat, pond management and all aspects of timber growing and harvesting.

Association members work closely with The University of Tennessee, the Crossville Tree Board, the Obed Park Arboretum and Farm Bureau on educational and tree planting projects.

County Association President Ed Ellenberg, who is retired from the U.S. Forest Service, credits County Mayor Brock Hill and Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III for their leadership in making forest stewardship a priority item in the city and county.

Membership in the Cumberland County Forestry Association is open to anyone who would like to learn more about forestry. For additional information, call Doris Waldo at 484-8388 or Charles Daugherty at 788-6055.

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