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Ecological Sciences

The Tennessee Ecological Sciences provide technical resources and training to support conservation delivery to farmers and ranchers through our conservation planning process and provides technical expertise related to agronomy, biology, grazing lands, water quality and NEPA.



Ecological Sciences leads the technology for NRCS in ecological, cultural resource, and environmental compliance technologies to ensure science-based conservation for our Nation's resources.


  • Integrate agricultural, ecological, environmental, fish & wildlife, cultural heritage and energy concerns into all NRCS programs.
  • Develop and implement new technologies to assess and treat soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resource concerns.
  • Provide leadership and technology for erosion prediction and control, nutrient management and comprehensive nutrient management plans, pest management, forestry, fish and wildlife management, highly erodible land and wetland compliance, air quality, invasive species and pollinators, range and pasture management, water quality, soil quality, historical and cultural resources, and organic farming.
  • Provide leadership for policy and maintenance of the Field Office Technical Guide, National Conservation Practice Standards, and the National Technical Guide Committee.
  • Develop policies and guidelines for NRCS compliance with laws, regulations, and Executive Orders pertaining to ecological sciences expertise.
  • Provide national technical liaisons for NRCS with other agencies and groups for ecological and cultural resources-related legislation, policy, and initiatives.
  • Provide leadership for plant data information through the National Plant Data Center.
  • Provide leadership for the National Plant Materials Program that selects, evaluates, increases, and releases plant materials and plant technology for conservation uses.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for training and employee development in ecological and cultural resources activities.


Tennessee Land Uses

Tennessee Agricultural

Ecological Sciences and Planning Staff

Name Position Phone Number Email
Linda Ortiz
State Resource Conservationist
Suzanne Senecal
Jason R. McAfee
Resource Conservationist
Danny R. Jones
Resources Conservationist
Robin Mayberry
State Biologist/Acting State Forester
Chris Nelson
State Cultural Resources Specialist
Joshua Engle
Cultural Resources Specialist
Tamara (Tammy) Swihart
State Grazing Lands Specialist
Leslie Honicker
State Agronomist
Jeremy Davis
Local and Programmatic Support Services Contractor
Michael Lebron Acevedo
Business Tools Coordinator
Brittney Viers
Quail Forever State Coordinator
Kyle Smiley
Kevin Davis
Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services