Black Walnut

Our Center

The University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center is an over 11,400 acre field research laboratory. The Center is a regionally recognized leader in developing new technologies applicable to modern forestry and wildlife resources management and environmental stewardship. The Forest Resources Center is one of ten research and education centers in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, AgResearch system. Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Forestry Resources Center is comprised of three forest units located in East and Middle Tennessee - Oak Ridge Forest, Cumberland Forest, Highland Rim Forest.

The UT Arboretum is a project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. There are over 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens plus more than five miles of walking trails to enjoy these plants. The Arboretum also has facilities for hosting events, workshops, and weddings. Visit the UT Arboretum web site for more information.

Black Walnut: Featured Urban Tree

The UT Arboretum is a Level 4 Accredited Member of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Visit our Urban Trees Page to read more about the featured urban tree, view a map and a list of the over 120 trees that were included in the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council certification.

At left: Black Walnut is a highly prized wood. Early settlers used it extensively for construction, but today its primary use is for making furniture. The presence of Black Walnut trees at various places around the Arboretum may indicate former home sites.


Our Mission

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center mission is to: (1) provide the land and supporting resources necessary for conducting modern and effective forestry, wildlife, and associated social, biological and ecological research programs; (2) demonstrate the application of optimal forest and wildlife management technologies; and (3) assist with transfer of new technology to forest land owners and industries.

Our Vision

Be the leader in promoting continuous improvement for safe operations, innovative natural resources research, and educational outreach.

News (more)

Winter 2019:
"FRREC Hosts
TN Fire Council
Meeting”

Videos (more)

Dogwood Patent:
"Dr. Mark Windham of UT
AgResearch discusses research
into protecting dogwood trees."

Events (more)


Contact Us

Forest Resources AgResearch
and Education Center:

Kevin Hoyt, Director
901 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-483-3571
Fax: 865-483-3572
E-mail: utforest@utk.edu