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Scott Schlarbaum Presents “Why We Should Domesticate Hardwood Trees in Tennessee” Friday, October 27

Scott E. Schlarbaum, professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and director of the UT Tree Improvement Program will present “Why We Should Domesticate Hardwood Trees in Tennessee” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, October 27.

Hardwood forests dominate the rural landscape in Tennessee and provide many values for Tennesseans and visitors to Tennessee. Common species, such as white oak and yellow-poplar, have been routinely harvested from public and private lands for use as wood products for several centuries. Despite the importance of hardwood species, very little effort has been expended on domestication. Professor Schlarbaum will explore the importance of natural resources to past civilizations, discuss the first footsteps toward hardwood domestication in the state, and show how domestication will help with future challenges to Tennessee’s hardwood forests.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. To receive one by US mail, please send an email before 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 24 and include your mailing address. To pick one up Friday, please email at least 24 hours in advance.