2013 Summer Meeting

Meeting Details

The meeting was held on June 13-14 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. The Executive Committee met the night of June 12. The meeting is titled Birds, Bats, and Board Feet: Forest Management for Wildlife and Timber.


$65 by May 31, $75 after

$30 for students

Guests can attend Thursday's lunch and dinner for an additional $25

8.0 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credits available


Montgomery Bell State Park Inn

1000 Hotel Ave.

Burns, TN 37029

Phone: 615-797-3101

Ask for group rate #7010 by May 15.


Wednesday, June 12th

4:00 - 6:00 Set up

4:00 - 7:00 Registration and Check In

7:00 - 9:00 Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 13th

Time Topic Speaker

7:00-8:00 Registration and Check In 

8:00-8:30 Introductory Remarks Tim Phelps - Forestry Communications & Outreach Unit Leader, TDF

First Session  

8:30 - 9:00 Forest habitat needs and effects of forest practices on Indiana & other bats Brian Flock, TWRA

9:00-9:30 White Nose Syndrome, bat surveys, forestry in karst country Cory Holliday, The Nature Conservancy

9:30 - 10:00 Legal issues, rules, permits, & MOAs, status of bats (T&E) David Pelren, USFW

10:00-10:15 Break and Social 

Second Session  

10:15 - 10:45 Cerulean Warbler Best Management Practices in Tennessee Pandy English,  TWRA

10:45 - 11:15 The health of TN Forests TN healthy hardwoods Heather Slayton, TDF

11:15 - 11:45 Board Feet and Beauty, How to protect Forests/Farms and produce timber Emily Parish, Lands Trust for TN

Field Trip  

11:45-12:30 Travel to Cheatham WMA 

12:30-1:00 Box Lunch on site 

1:00-4:30 History & Purpose of Cheatham WMA, Overview of Wildlife Management Practices Randy Cromer, Area Manager, TWRA

 Overview of Forestry Practices  Don Lee, Cheetham WMA Forester, TWRA

 Forest Management for Cerulean Warblers and other Birds Pandy English, Wildlife Biologist, TWRA Brant Miller, Wildlife Forestry Coordinator, TWRA

 Surveying and Managing for Indiana and Other Bats Josh Campbell, Non-Game Biologist Region 2, TWRA

 Wildlife Plantings and Invasive Species Randy Cromer, Area Manager, TWRA

 Insects and DiseaseHeather Slayton, TDF

 Two Aged Stands, Clearcuts

Brant Miller, CF, Wildlife Forestry Coordinator, TWRA
Don Lee, Cheatham WMA Forester, TWRA

4:30-5:15 Travel back to Montgomery Bell 

5:30-6:30 Happy Hour 

6:30-7:45 Dinner 

7:00-7:30 Nature-based tourism and rural economic development: Considerations for landownersDr. Stacey Thomas, TTU

7:40 Special State Pride Auctions 

7:45-8:15 Wrap Up Silent Auction 

7:45-8:30 Continue Social Time 


Friday, June 14th

7:00-8:00 Check-out

8:00-8:20 Business Meeting

Field Trip 

8:30 Depart

850-9:50 Logging Site and/or BMP Tour

10:00 Depart

10:30-12:00 Zip Line Tree Canopy Adventure Tour

12:00 Adjourn