About the Cumberland Forest
The Cumberland Forest, established in 1947, is the largest field research unit in the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, encompassing 8,000 acres of Cumberland Mountain forest land in Morgan and Scott counties. This forest facilitates several large- and small-scale forest and wildlife management research projects, as well as ecological demonstration projects. The Cumberland Forest is also the site of some of the earliest stripmine reclamation research in Tennessee.
Cumberland Forest Projects
Hornyhead Branch Restoration Project
The Hornyhead Branch Restoration and Habitat Enhancement Project was a cooperative effort between the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center and many local, state, and federal agencies. Goals included improvements and stabilization of the banks of the Hornyhead Branch of the Crooked Fork Creek in Morgan County, Tennessee, as well as providing an educational resource in stream restoration techniques for resource managers and landowners. Click here to view the details of the Hornyhead Branch Restoration Project.
Richard Evans, former Director, and Martin Schubert, Manager, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center received the "Friend of Conservation" award for "Exemplary effort in planning and implementing the Hornyhead Branch Streambank Restoration Project". The Forest Resources Center also received the 2006 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for the Hornyhead Branch Restoration Project in Nashville. The award was presented on behalf of the Morgan County Soil Conservation District. Representatives of the Soil Conservation District, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Forest Resources staff members, and other award winners attended the ceremony.
This research at three sites in Morgan County, conducted by Jennifer Franklin, UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and Jan Frouz, Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, assessed below-ground and above-ground recovery of these sites that were mined for coal 40 - 50 years ago. Click here to view their findings and conclusions for this Restoration of Soil Function on Coal Mine Sites research project.