Tenn. honored for reforestation program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2014 Forest Lands Leadership Award.

The award is given annually to an individual or organization that provides leadership in advancing sustainable forestry on public land.

The TWRA was recognized this year for its bottomland hardwood forest restoration program in West Tennessee. Through that program, approximately three million trees have been planted on 6,800 acres of former row crop land.

As the trees and shrubs grow into forests, they will provide habitat and mast in an area where it is critically needed. TWRA’s goal is to connect the fragmented forests of West Tennessee into an uninterrupted travel corridor through which wildlife can freely fly, walk and crawl.