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Advancing Tennessee

Environment and Natural Resources

Tennessee's abundant natural resources are one of our greatest assets. Educating resource owners, consumers and the public in the science, management, and appreciation of these resources is the key to preserving these assets. Disposal of solid waste, the quality of water and indoor air quality are major environmental concerns. UT Extension faculty teach consumers how to reduce solid waste through recycling, reuse and composting and how to protect and improve water and indoor air quality. Extension faculty also educate produces about the application, handling and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers.

Please contact your county UT Extension office to learn more about what environmental stewardship and natural resources programs are available in your area.

Educational Programs and Services

Animal Waste Management Systems — Programs related to managing animal waste in the environment.

Arboretum Project — Provides a natural laboratory for research in plant uses, genetics, and adaptability, insect and disease control, and the management of associated natural resources.

Bees and Beekeeping — Programs provide vital information on beekeeping as a pleasing and profitable occupation.

Beaver Creek Hydrologic Unit Area Program — Program included education, technical assistance and cost-share financing to help farmers adopt best management practices to improve water quality and the environment.

Distance Diagnostics — Program focuses on identification of many of the fungal, insect, nematode and viral pathogens which occur across the state. County Extension faculty submit plant disease or pest images and information for rapid diagnosis by resource professionals at the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Center in Nashville, TN.

Clean Water in Tennessee — Southern Regional Water Program provides research and education on water quality programs through the land grant university system.

Farm-A-Syst — This program helps farm families and rural residents assess and reduce the risks affecting the quality of their water.

Forest-A-Syst — This cooperative effort is designed to help private landowners establish a forest management plan.

Forest Products Center — Provides information and technology to advance the efficient and effective use of the forest resource.

Integrated Pest Management Programs in Tennessee — Programs include corn, cotton, grain, sorghum, tobacco, soybean, stored grain and urban integrated pest management programs.

Pesticide Certification and Licensing Program — This program provides information on becoming and remaining a certified commercial applicator or licensed pest control operator in the state of Tennessee.

Smart Growth — A community-based approach on how the community grows: looking at economics, geography, society and the environment.

Soil Plant and Pest Center — The Center provides farmers, nursery growers, researchers and homeowners with information to assist in all areas of production.

Tennessee Tree Improvement Program — The program is directed to improving the production and quality in various forest tree species planted by Tennessee landowners, while protecting the genetic resources of the species at risk from exotic pests.

Tennessee Pest Management Information Network (TNPMIN) — This nationwide pest network provides information that will contribute to environmentally and economically sound pest management decisions.


Environmental health comprises the aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by interaction with physical, chemical biological and social factors in the environment.

Childrens' Environmental Health Partnership — Provides a network of local professionals working in collaboration to reduce children's exposures to environmental health hazards.

Healthy Homes Partnership — Provides information to help families learn about the risks they face at home and how to reduce them

Healthy Indoor Air for Tennessee's Homes — Programs designed to teach families how to manage their household and behavior to improve air quality in the home.

Radon in Tennessee — Provides information on the actions to take to protect families from radon exposure.

UT Youth Environment and Health — A partnership team concerned with improving the well-being of Tennessee's children by balancing and reducing risks associated with pests, pesticides, and other chemicals.

Departments and Units Related to Environment and Natural Resources

For more information related to the topic of crops and nursery, please visit the following departments' and unit's homepages:

Publications Related to Environment and Natural Resources

Publications are also available in print format from your county Extension office. Departmental publications and newsletters are available from department Web sites.