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Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence in Conservation Education

Nestled in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, our University is located in an ideal setting for your study in natural resources, forestry, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, forest products, and the environment. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally as a premier university research, teaching and outreach department focusing on the natural resource disciplines.  As the flagship natural resource program in Tennessee, we will be known for our leadership, and our ability to address the needs of the state, the region and beyond. Our mission is to advance the science and sustainable management of natural resources to promote their health, utilization, and appreciation in Tennessee, the region and beyond through programs in teaching, research and extension.

We invite you to review our programs and to consider becoming part of our team. Our curricula are focused on a mastery learning approach, emphasizing practical,  hands-on experiences in the field of study. For example, both our undergraduate Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries Science degrees include an intensive fall camp program that tend to be the highlight of our students’ academic experience. Placement information for all of our academic programs can be found here.

Again, welcome. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, or to arrange a campus visit.


FWF Student Wins National Scholarship

Henley Baugh is one of only two recipients in the nation to receive the 2016-2017 Railway Tie Associationís John Mabry forestry scholarship. Henley's winning scholarship essay revolved around sustainable tree harvesting practices that improve trees for the next harvest round, benefiting the forest and the forestry industry at the same time. Winning this scholarship is significant to Henley because it is helping him complete his BS in Forestry (he graduates in May) with a minor in Plant Sciences.

Summer Internships Announced

The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are pleased to announce 13 open internship positions for summer 2017. These are full-time, seasonal internships. Qualified students will have a strong work ethic, keen interest in wildlife and natural resources management, a positive attitude, and a passion for fieldwork. For more information, see our Internship Guide. The last day to apply is January 31, 2017. Good luck!

Dr. Michael Pelton Listed as One of 100 Most Influential People in the History of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, The Great Smoky Mountains Association selected 100 heroes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Michael Pelton, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife Science, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries was named as one of those honorees. Dr. Pelton and his graduate students completed over 50 research projects on 10 species of larger mammals in the park, including the river otter, coyote, red wolf, European wild hog, raccoon, and white-tailed deer, spanning 40 years from 1968-2008. The primary species was the American black bear, now the longest continuous research study of any bear species in the world. He and his graduate students completed 34 studies on black bears in the park, ranging from food habits and winter denning to movements and population dynamics. Congratulations, Dr. Pelton, and thank you for your contributions.

Dr. David Mercker, UT Extension Forestrer, Wins Award

Each year, the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) and National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) work together to recognize outstanding forest education programs at universities around the country. This year, our own Dr. David Mercker was awarded in the individual program category. His program, Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods, is currently in its 12th year with a goal to reach and educate private woodland owners about sustainable forest management through field day events. Congratulations, Dr. Mercker!


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Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
274 Ellington Plant Sci. Bldg.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4563

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