Event of Interest to Managers of Public and Private Forests of All Sizes

David Mercker, UT Extension forester, instructs group

Visitors to the Woods and Wildlife Field Day on Oct.16 at the UT Highland Rim Forest will enjoy a variety of educational displays and information. Shown here is University of Tennessee Extension Forest Specialist David Mercker (right in vest) talking with a group of landowners at the site's 2015 Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Photo by K. Hoyt, courtesy UTIA.  Download image​.


TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Woods and Wildlife Field Day on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the UT Highland Rim Forest.

The Woods and Wildlife Field Day is designed to help landowners with 10 or more acres of forestland as they make forest management decisions that will balance their goals related to the fiscal management of their property as well as wildlife and forest sustainability.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. CDT and will run until 3 p.m. The free event will feature expert presentations focused on shortleaf pine management, hardwood stand management, wildlife habitat management and prescribed fire strategies. Speakers will include
UT experts and professionals with private organizations as well as state and federal agencies.

Kevin Hoyt, director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, says the event should be a great educational opportunity. “We hope visitors who come out for the field day enjoy their day, and we hope they learn about current UT forestry research of relevance to industry as well as the small woodlot or family forest landowner.”

“Whether a landowner is interested in timber production, forest health or wildlife management, the staff and faculty of the center and the UT Institute of Agriculture are here to help,” Hoyt added.

The day’s activities include a sponsored lunch, so advance pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register call 865-483-3571, or send an email to 
utforest@utk.edu. To request an accommodation for accessibility, call 865-483-3571. For additional details about the program, visit the center’s website forestry.tennessee.edu.

The 860-acre UT Highland Rim Forest, a unit of UT AgResearch‘s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, is located in Franklin County. A map and directions are located online at the center's website​. It is located at 623 UT Farm Road in Tullahoma.

Through its mission of research, teaching and service, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu



Kevin Hoyt, director, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 865-483-3571, 

Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570,