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Extension

We provide Extension and outreach programs to every county in the state, bringing useful and innovative research to Tennessee’s citizens.

Our goal is to support our state’s land-grant mission by sharing expert knowledge and research on the environment and natural resource management. The department’s Extension work focuses on engaging the public, associations, and private industry to deliver resources to help improve lives and businesses through education and training. This is a joint effort by the University, state and federal agencies, and various partnering associations.

Find Extension information for:

Close-up of a student holding a fish in their hands after capturing it with a sein.
Fisheries
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A student stands in a forest and measures the height of a tree with a clinometer.
Forestry
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Professor Patrick Keyser inspects a native grass pasture in East Tennessee.
Native Grasslands
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An urban forester inspects the health of a large oak tree.
Urban Forestry
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A bird is captured for banding at Seven Islands State Birding Park.
Wildlife
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A stack of logs sits ready for the saw mill.
Wood Science & Products
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Extension Contacts

Wayne Clatterbuck865-974-7990
wclatter@utk.edu
Forest management, hardwood silviculture, water quality best management practices (BMPs)
Craig Harper 865-974-7992
charper@utk.edu
Wildlife management, upland habitat management
Sharon Jean-Philippe 865-974-2946
jeanphil@utk.edu
Urban forestry, arboriculture
Pat Keyser 865-974-0644
pkeyser@utk.edu
Management of native grasslands including establishment, forages, biomass crops, restoration; management of woodlands and savannahs, and associated wildlife
David Mercker 731-425-4703
dcmercker@utk.edu
Sustainable forest management, timber sales, crop tree release, timber stand improvement; programs include Forest*A*Syst, Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods, Forest Certification, Teachers Conservation Workshop, Master Logger
Larry Tankersley 865-974-7977
ltanker1@utk.edu
Forest management, silviculture, economics and taxes, arboriculture, tree law and appraisal, 4-H forestry, forest ecology, and plant identification
Adam Taylor 865-946-1125
mtaylo29@utk.edu
Wood products, processing, and properties
Nicole Peterson 865-974-7346
npeterson@utk.edu
General inquiries, administration