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Megan Dettenmaier

Forestry Extension Educator

Megan Dettenmaier


2006, BS Wildlife, Unity College

2012, MS Wildlife Biology, Utah State University

Publications & Presentations

Dettenmaier, M., Locklear, J.M. (2018). Start-to-Finish Techniques Regarding the Practicalities of Producing Purposeful and Impactful Webinars. Journal of Extension. (56)6, Article 6TOT2. Available at:

Dettenmaier, M., Dupéy, L.N., Kuhns, M., McAvoy, D. (in review). Evaluating Perceived Benefits of a Long-running Extension Program: Lessons from 12 Years of a Regional Restoration-based Conference. 

Dettenmaier, M. Talk: USU Forestry Extension: Producing Purposeful and Impactful Webinars. Northern Regional Extension Faculty Meeting, May 14, 2018.

McAvoy, D., Alston, D., Davis, R., Dettenmaier, M. Factsheet NR/FF/035 (pr). A New Utah Forest Insect Pest: Balsam Woolly Adelgid, May 2018. 

Dettenmaier, M., McAvoy, D., Dupéy, L., & Kuhns, M. (2018). Reducing Hazardous Fuels to Improve Forest Health: DIY Biochar Kilns Remove Hazardous Fuels and Improve Forest Health in Utah. Utah State University Impact Report. Available at: /files/wasatch-front-biochar-kiln-impact.pdf

Dettenmaier, M. & Dupéy, L.N. (2018, February). Why “Restoring the West? Poster session presented at the Utah State University Annual Extension Conference, Thanksgiving Point, UT.

McAvoy, D., Dettenmaier, M., Kuhns, M., (2018). Mobile Pyrolysis for Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Biochar Production in Western Forests, Journal of Extension. (56)1, Article 1IAW3. Available at: 

Dupéy, L.N. & Dettenmaier, M. (2017). Bridging the (broken sidewalk) gap: What we learned about sidewalk tiles and urban tree preservation in northern Utah. Science flash talk presented at the Society of American Foresters, Albuquerque, NM. 

Dettenmaier, M., Kuhns, M., Unger, B., McAvoy, D. Factsheet NR/FF/032 (pr). Trees and Climate Change, May 2017.

Unger, Bethany, Dettenmaier, M., McAvoy, D., Gray, C. Exploring Utah’s Forests, Map

Dettenmaier, M. & Kuhns, M. Factsheet NR/FF/031 (pr). Tree/Sidewalk Conflicts: One Way to Save Trees, December 2015

Utah Forest News, Vol 20, Num. 1, 2016. Dettenmaier, M. & McAvoy, D. Cross Laminated Timber in Utah: A Potential Homerun for Industry and Forests?  

Dettenmaier, M. Utah Forest News, Vol. 19, Num. 1, 2015. Articles authored: Aspen Seedlings and Western Forest Regeneration; Thinking Big about Biochar in Utah; Biochar as a tool for Land Reclamation in the Uinta Basin; Monitoring the Effects of PJ Harvest and Utilization. 

Dettenmaier, M. Utah Forest News, Vol 18, Num. 3, 2014. Articles authored: Beaver Reintroduction Looks Positive for Stream Restoration in Northern Utah; Do Pinyon Juniper Woodlands Impact Greater Sage-Grouse?

Dettenmaier, M. & Kuhns, M. Factsheet NR/FF/028 (pr). Selecting Trees for High Elevations August 2015. 

Dettenmaier, M. 2015. Taking Care of Streams and Rivers in Cache Valley.  

Dettenmaier, M. & Kuhns, M. Factsheet FR/FF/022 (pr). Preventing Deer Damage to Your Trees and Shrubs. June 2013

Dettenmaier, M., Kuhns, M. Factsheet NR/FF/024 (pr). How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Yard, December 2013. 


Heart & Hands Award 2017 | Utah Philanthropy Day

Outstanding Educational Materials Gold Award 2017 |  Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Video Conference, Producing Purposeful & Impactful Webinars

In the News

Muffoletto, Mary-Ann, (2015, Dec). USU Forestry Extension Uses New Sidewalk Technology to Save Trees, Utah State Today.

Cannon, Kelly, (2015, Nov.). New flexible sidewalk could save trees, Herald Journal .

Mendiola, Diego, (2015, Dec). Plastic sidewalks save real trees in Logan, Utah Public Radio.

Dettenmaier, Megan, (2014, Oct). Forestry Extension helps Develop, Demonstrate Mobile Pyrolysis Utah State Today.