Chemical company in East Texas receives award

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Wanda Valentine with Eastman Chemical Company:

LONGVIEW, TX - Eastman Chemical Company's Texas Operations was recently selected as a "Certified Forest Steward" for implementation of several recommendations as listed in their Forest Stewardship Plan. The 25-page Forest Stewardship Plan was written by Wes Moorehead, District Forester with the Texas Forest Service, and was designed to provide Eastman with recommended management practices to improve and maintain the health of the 40-acre Eastman Demonstration Forest, as well as the surrounding Nature Center area.

The Certified Forest Steward award is nomination-based, with only a handful of landowners receiving this award each year. The USDA Forest Service and State Foresters administer this award to Texas landowners who own at least 10 acres, have a written Stewardship plan, and have implemented aspects of that plan. Eastman's Stewardship Plan was written in August 2007 and nearly all of the major recommended practices have been implemented as of May 2009. Some of these practices include: installing firebreaks along stand lines; harvesting of pines in two existing stands; mulching of those harvested stands as well as custom mulching in other stands; and planting of both pines and hardwoods in designated stands. In addition, all improvements to the Demonstration Forest were completely self-funded through the sale of the harvested timber.

"This is certainly an honor for the company and Eastman's Longview employees," said James Ray, vice president and general manager for Eastman's Texas Operations. "Eastman values our partnership with the Texas Forest Service and Wes Moorehead. We could not have achieved these certifications without that partnership. As we work with them to maintain these certifications, we will continue to provide schools, scouts and other organizations the opportunity to use the Nature Center for educational purposes."

Eastman's Texas Operations was also recognized as a "Certified Tree Farm" by the American Tree Farm System. A Tree Farm is defined as at least 10 acres of forest land with a written management plan accounting for water, wildlife, wood and recreation. This recognition signifies a location where excellent forestry is being practiced, which includes using the services of a professional forester to maintain that excellence.

About Eastman:
Eastman's chemicals, fibers and plastics are key ingredients our customers rely on to make products people use every day. Approximately 10,200 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions that help make the world a better place. Eastman is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within diverse markets we serve. Headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2008 sales of $6.7 billion. For more information, visit

About the Texas Forest Service:
Texas Forest Service was created in 1915 by the 34th Legislature as an integral part of the Texas A&M University System. Texas Forest Service is recognized as the leader in defining forestry of the future for Texas and the nation through its applied programs in forest and tree development; wildfire prevention, mitigation and protection; urban and community forestry and a host of other innovative forest sustainability programs. For more information, visit