TN Dept of Agriculture photo courtesy of Nathan Waters
Resident leaders are a cornerstone of both the state and national levels of the Firewise USA™ program, and last week at the TN Department of Agriculture's annual Firewise Conference in Knoxville, they acknowledged Jack Porter from the Laurel Mountain Lakes community in Madisonville, for his four years of coordination in working with his community’s 130 homeowners in understanding the importance of wildfire risk reduction and implementing corresponding actions. Through his efforts Laurel Mountain Lakes has become better prepared for wildfire.
During the event, multiple success stories and community accomplishments were shared along with the acknowledgement of two new communities added to the program in 2016: Top of the World located in Tallassee; and Tri-County in Madisonville. Also in attendance, was Cumberland Cove in Crossville, they'll reach their 15-year milestone of active participation in the program when they complete their renewal criteria later this year. Long-term participating communities like Cumberland Cove were early pioneers in the Firewise program and continue to make a difference in their community's level of preparedness.
Under the leadership of Leon Konz, Dave Fiorella and John Kirksey, the Fire Management Unit Leader, the Tennessee Firewise program is experiencing growth and increased resident participation. As the year progresses, we anticipate hearing about lots of achievements from The Volunteer State.