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McBride named Cumberland District Forester

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Andy McBride, new District Forester for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture -- Image submitted

NASHVILLE – Andy McBride, a 15 year veteran of the Division of Forestry, will transition from Assistant District Forester to District Forester for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).

“Andy has extensive forestry knowledge, and his background and years of professional experience with the Department make him a great fit for this role,” Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “As we work to provide Tennesseans with the best forestry services possible, we are fortunate to have Andy in this important capacity.”

McBride will serve as the District Forester for the 27 county region known as the Cumberland District, which includes more than 70,000 state forest acres and has headquarters in Cookeville. He will oversee the delivery of all state forestry services, including wildfire management and prevention, state forest management, landowner assistance, logging forestry best practice management courtesy checks, prescribed fire, tree planting, and other assets. There are 88 full time employees in the Cumberland District that McBride will manage, including foresters, administrative staff, technicians, and forestry aides.

“It has been my great pleasure to observe Andy mature as a forester, as a supervisor, and as a manager over the past 15 years,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “I have no doubt that he will be very successful as he provides leadership for the district and serves on the Division of Forestry’s management team.”

McBride started his career as a forester for Standing Stone and Pickett State Forests. In 2015, he became the Assistant District Forester for the same district that he will now be managing. In that role, McBride supervised field foresters, oversaw budgeting and spending, and implemented harvest plans for the state forests in the Cumberland District.

“I am honored to represent the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry in this role,” McBride said. “I look forward to working with our great team to protect, promote, and manage the public and private forestlands within the Cumberland District.”

McBride, a Georgia native, graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and raising beef cattle.

Published May 16, 2018

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