UTIA Family, please refer utk.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates and student information. For UTIA-specific resources, please visit utia.tennessee.edu/coronavirus .

Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries


 The Farm Pond Mana​gement publication listed below under Resources answers a lot of questions about water quality, fish and their feeding, and weed control.


 The 2020 Weed Control Manual has a section devoted to farm pond weed control.  The section is listed on the front page of the manual.  Scroll down to page 75, the first page of that section.  


                Black vultures, commonly referred to as buzzards, are protected under various migratory bird treaties.  However, they do present an extreme nuisance to livestock and buildings and other assets on farms.  Therefore, there is a need to control these birds at times to prevent death to livestock and damage to real estate.

                A permit is required for the legal extermination of black vultures, and the process requires a contact to the Wildlife Services section of USDA/APHIS.  The service personnel will give the details of the process.  The contact person is Brett Dunlap, State Director, and his contact is as follows:

Brett Dunlap

USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services

537 Myatt Drive

Madison, TN 37115

Phone 615-736-5506

Email brett.g.dunlap@aphis.usda.gov




September 2, 2015

Subject:           APHIS Adds Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale and Williamson Counties in Tennessee to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area  

To:                   State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials   Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale, and Williamson Counties in Tennessee to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale, and Williamson Counties.  

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Tennessee. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Tennessee is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.  

EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders.

The interstate movement of firewood from quarantined areas is an especially high-risk pathway for the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with state cooperators and foresters to prevent the human assisted movement of EAB, develop biological and other controls for EAB, and raise public awareness about this pest and the potential threats associated with the long-distance movement of firewood.  

For more information about the EAB program and federal EAB regulations, please call EAB National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.      

Osama El-Lissy
Deputy Administrator
Plant Protection and Quarantine

Contact Information

John Teague
Extension Agent and County Director, Agriculture
Phone: 931-684-5971
Email: jteague1@utk.edu

Finis Stribling
TSU Extension Area Specialist, Agriculture
Email: fstribli@tennessee.edu

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Wildlife Deer
Wildlife Fishing