Curtis Rosenbalm is a fourth generation owner of a 250-acre farm in Claiborne County that has been in his family over 100 years. Most of the property is forested, and has been well managed to provide timber, wildlife habitat, and recreational benefits in a healthy and sustainable manner. In recognition of being a good steward of his land, Rosenbalm’s land has been certified as a Stewardship Forest by the Tennessee Division of Forestry.
The national Stewardship Forest Program provides private forest landowners with assistance in planning and carrying out sustainable forest management for multiple use benefits such as timber, recreation, and wildlife habitat. The program involves developing a management plan that provides guidance on managing forest resources to meet specific landowner goals. It also provides detailed prescription plans on how to carry out specific management projects and obtain possible cost share funding.
Rosenbalm has carried out several forest management practices which qualified the property for certification, including a sustainable timber harvest, trails construction, wildlife food plots, forest openings and forest edge enhancement to improve wildlife habitat.
For information about the forest stewardship program and taking proper care of your woodland, contact your local state forestry office.