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Larry Tankersley
Extension Specialist

Larry is an Extension Specialist II in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. He holds a 100% appointment in Extension where is interests are in Forest Stewardship on private, non-industrial forest land and environmental education for 4-H youth. He also participates as the library liaison for the department and as faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Larry began with UTK in 1992.

A native of Macon, Georgia, Tankersley earned a B.S. in Biology from Mercer University in Atlanta in 1979. Three years of undergraduate work were completed at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, from 1975- 1978. While at Berry, Larry was chemistry major and worked as a technician with the Berry Forestry group responsible for 28,000 acres. Experience in timber cruising, logging supervision, prescribed burning, and herbicide applications encouraged Larry to continue his education by obtaining a M.S. in Forest Genetics from the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources in 1985. During graduate school, Tankersley worked as a soils lab technician, a tree seedling nursery technician, and research assistant conducting, "A comparison of improved and unimproved slash pine plantations in Southeast Georgia: 15 year results".

Tankersley has done Extension forestry and wildlife work for 15 years. Prior to joining UT. He was employed by the Uriversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service from 1982 to 1992. Housed at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Larry was responsible for forestry extension work in IO counties surrounding Eatonton, conducting programs for landowners in the "Area", emphasizing pine reforestation. Other successful activities included demonstrations, newsletter distribution, annual bus tours for absentee landowners, and a series of annual continuing education opportunities for area professionals including a prescribed burning "certification" course, now required for licensing of "bumers" in Georgia. In addition to traditional extension programs, Larry was also responsible for forest management on the 1400 acre 4-H camp. Larry also served as liaison between the forestry department and the 4-H Environmental Education and 4-H forestry project. Ultimately serving as a committee member on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational Management team, a duty Larry still enjoys.

In 1987, Larry in addition to his Extension program, Larry began work towards a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Georgia, completing course work in macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and resource economics. During this time, Larry conducted research "Evaluating the Effects of the Differential Property Tax Assessment Ratio for Forest and Other Rural Land in Georgia". The results of this study were subsequently used by the Georgia legislature in crafting 1991 "timber tax" legislation.

During his six years at UT, Larry has continued to conduct Extension program for a variety of clientele, especially private landowners and 4-H youth. Notable accomplishments include production of the quarterly "Tennessee Forest Steward" newsletter and "enhancement" of the 4-H Forestry contest.

In addition to his job, Larry enjoys music and his 15 year old son, two daughters, and spouse of 18 years. He resides in Alcoa, TN.



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Contact Information

Larry Tankersley
282 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
(865) 974-7977
Email: ltanker1@utk.edu