(NASHVILLE, TN), September 30, 2011 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R- Morristown) has been named 2011 “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA). The award was presented to Senator Southerland at the group’s annual meeting in Nashville this week in recognition of his efforts to maintain viable and sustainable forests in Tennessee.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Senator Southerland who is Chairman of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. “I appreciate this recognition and am glad to partner with the Forestry Association in helping our forest industry grow and improve, while protecting the environment and contributing to the prosperity and quality of life in Tennessee.”
The Tennessee Forestry Association has served as the voice of forestry in Tennessee for more than 50 years. TFA continues to work with state and national government agencies to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the forests of Tennessee through a diversity of public relations, government, and educational programs. The TFA is responsible for over 77,000 jobs across the state.