Dan and Diana Pace, of Rhea County, were named Tennessee Tree Farmers of the Year.
The Paces own 200 acres in the Evensville area and are committed to sustainability and stewardship. Their Tree Farm provides wildlife habitat with increased numbers of healthier deer, wild turkey, more songbirds, heron and sandhill cranes on their farm.
The Paces are also active beekeepers with 40 hives scattered across the woods’ margins. Over 500 pounds of honey were harvested this past year. Good forest management has benefited the pollinators.
The Paces are continuing to re-plant desirable tree species, looking to replace trees lost to wind damage and oak wilt. Their family enjoys all the benefits of the forests such as hunting, fishing and the natural beauty of their woodlands.
Neighbors, friends and community leaders have thanked the Paces for their dedication to making their Tree Farm such an asset to the community.
Diana Pace is the president of the Rhea County Beekeepers Association and actively provides information and education on the ties between a healthy forest and a healthy bee population.
Annually, the Tennessee Forestry Association recognizes a Tree Farm family of the Year. For more information on the Tennessee Tree Farm program, visit www.tnforestry.com. The Tennessee Forestry Association is the umbrella organization for the Tree Farm program and values our landowners statewide.