David Chester Mercker

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Extension Specialist II
  Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
  UT Extension
Office: 232 WTREC Headquarters
Phone: (731) 425-4703
Email: dmercker@utk.edu

Focus: Extension forestry

  • Private forest landowner education
  • County Forestry Associations
  • hardwood forest management
  • bottomland restoration
Educational & Research Programs
  • Marketing Timber, Crop Tree Release, Bottomland hardwood restoration, forest certification, hardwood silviculture

  • FWF 593 -Teacherís Conservation Workshop

Biographical sketch

David Mercker joined UT Extension in 1999 after having served as a consulting forester with Forest Management Services, Terre Haute, IN for 13 years. He is committed to promoting and practicing sustainable forestry, serving the profession of forestry and the greater society.

Recent Publications


Spreading Biochar
A source of waste once destined for the landfill could soon enhance Tennessee farmland and row crops.  
Forest Research
UT's Institute of Agriculture has research projects statewide to help landowners better manage their timber.  
Forestry Audit
Tennessee's forests grow some of the best timber in the country. UT Extension researchers say when landowners properly manage their forests, there's a real environmental and economic benefit.  
Turtle Research
University of Tennessee Turtle research in West Tennessee  
Teachers and Forestry
For many teachers, summer was hardly a vacation from their own brand of learning.