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NRCS Selects New Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Middle Tennessee


For more information contact:
Katherine K. Burse, State Public Affairs Officer
PH: 615-277-2533


NASHVILLE, September 21, 2018 – Chris Wolkonowski was recently selected by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee as the new Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations—Area Conservationist—in Middle Tennessee.  Wolkonowski will oversee 26 counties with a diverse mix of agricultural operations from livestock and forage production to row crop production. 

“I feel truly honored to have been selected to serve as Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations and I look forward to working with our exceptional Field and Area office staff, as well as our conservation partners as we continue to make great strides in conserving the natural resources of Tennessee,” said Wolkonowski. “I will make every effort to ensure that we continue to provide the best customer experience while providing technical and financial support to the farmers, ranchers, and recreational landowners in the middle Tennessee area.”

Wolkonowski has worked for NRCS for 18 years. He started his career working as a Soil Conservation Technician in Tennessee and, over the years, he has had many opportunities to serve in different capacities for the agency, including a position as a Civil Engineering Technician, Area Resource Biologist, State Resource Conservationist, and a partnership position as the National Liaison to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Wolkonowski has spent most of his life in Tennessee, with the majority of his childhood and teenage years living in the town of Mount Juliet, about 25 miles east of Nashville, TN. He feels very fortunate that his parents instilled in him a love of the outdoors at an early age, and he spent most of his time hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his parents and siblings.  After receiving his degree in Business Management at Cumberland University, Wolkonowski continued his higher education at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN and obtained a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.  This degree led him to a career of working with wildlife species and their habitats for many years.  He has also continued his formal education in Plant and Soil Science and feels that this has helped him in understanding the important role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

Wolkonowski currently resides in Winchester, TN where he lives with his wife Urla of 22 years, along with his youngest daughter Rylan.  He has two daughters, and his oldest child Hunter is an aspiring country music artist in Nashville while his youngest has chosen a different career path and plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician. Wolkonowski still takes time away from work to hunt and fish, and he enjoys riding a tractor and working on their family farms.  Having spent time for several years helping his father in law run a small cow-calf and hay operation, Wolkonowski now devotes the majority of his farm time managing their properties for wildlife.  For him, it’s a great way to break away from the day to day stresses of work, and he enjoys spending the time outside.

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