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News 2014

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A selection of events held at the AgResearch Forest Resources Research and Education Center during the year. Read about past year's events at News Archives >>>

UT FRREC Hosts Leadership Anderson County Group “Ag Day”

Anderson County Leadership Arboretum TourThe Leadership Anderson County Class of 2015 enjoys a tractor/trailer tour through the UT Arboretum.
Anderson County Leadership LectureMr. David Perrin (far left – white shirt), UT Extension Specialist, gives an overview presentation of the importance of agriculture in East Tennessee to the Leadership Anderson County Class of 2015.

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) hosted Leadership Anderson County – Class of 2015 for their annual “Ag Day” on Tuesday September 16th, 2014. The class was given a tractor/trailer tour of the UT Arboretum’s main road/trail system, gardens, and research projects by Dr. Kevin Hoyt, Director. After the tour, Mr. David Perrin – East TN Regional Extension Specialist gave an overview presentation at the program shelter, focused on the UT land grant mission and the importance of agriculture and natural resources to the East Tennessee region and Anderson County. Dr. Bill Brown, Dean of UT AgResearch, discussed the role and value of agricultural and natural resources research within the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Cumberland Forest hosts Morgan County Landowner Meeting

Cumberland Landowners MeetingMartin Schubert (right – tan shirt) discusses a new timber sale and associated Shortleaf pine research project to take place on the Cumberland Forest property.

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) hosted a mini-field day supper meeting on September 18th, 2014, at the UT Cumberland Forest Unit in Morgan County, TN. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Morgan County Forestry Development Association’s summer meeting, and included participation by the Morgan County UT Extension office. During the educational part of the meeting, Martin Schubert, Manager of the UT Cumberland Forest Unit, outlined why the Stephens tract had been selected for a future timber harvest and associated Shortleaf pine research project. Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck and PhD candidate David Clabo later led a discussion on the Shortleaf Pine research project and the Shortleaf pine reforestation initiative in Tennessee and the South.

Cumberland Landowners MeetingMartin Schubert recently completed a benefit road bike ride in Morgan County in support for an ailing member of his church. He and several other riders from his church braved the 70-mile long figure-eight route that included several challenging climbs with grades between 10 - 16% within the scenic Cumberland Mountains near Frozen Head State Park and Oliver Springs.

2014 Fall Wildflower Walk

Fall Wildflower Walk 2014
Photo courtesy of Charles Samuels, UTAS President

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center hosted the annual “Fall Wildflower Walk” on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The event, sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society featured two interpretive wildflower walks, one at 10 am and a second at 2 pm. Both walks were led by Kris Light (right – orange shirt), Naturalist and Photographer. Charles Samuels, UTAS President (not pictured), assisted with the event and took photos of the festivities. Over 80 attendees from Oak Ridge and the surrounding East Tennessee region attended the event, gaining a keen insight about the diversity of fall flowering plants, insects, and trees within the Arboretum.

Boy Scout Troop 140 Completes Eagle Scout Stair/Bridge Project

Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase ProjectBrandon Puckett (top center–gray shorts/shirt/safety glasses) leads a discussion with his team about how to make the final connection between the staircase and bridge.
Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase/Bridge ProjectBrandon Puckett (top left), poses proudly with his family, on his completed Eagle Scout staircase/bridge project.

On August 23rd, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 140 constructed a much-needed staircase/bridge project, which now safely connects the Arboretum parking lot area to the large map/information kiosk. Brandon Puckett, Eagle Scout candidate, senior at Hardin Valley Academy, and future missionary, provided the leadership, direction, and safety emphasis for his team during the project work day. A large contingent of over 30 scouts, friends, and parents turned out to help Brandon on this extremely important project.

Boy Scout Troop 101 Completes Eagle Scout Bridge Project

Boy Scout Troop 101 Bridge ProjectCothron Theiss (top center – green shirt/tan hat) provides direction and leadership to his team during his Eagle Scout bridge construction project.
Photos courtesy of Benet Theiss

Boy Scout Troop 101 Completed Bridge

During July and August volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 101 completed the dismantling of an old bridge and construction of a new bridge for the UT Arboretum. Cothron Theiss, Eagle Scout candidate, junior at Roane County High School, and future engineer, provided the vision and leadership to complete his Eagle Scout bridge project in the Arboretum marsh area. The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center truly appreciates all of the Eagle Scout projects done by the Boy Scouts of America over the past forty-plus years. Through their continued hard work, community involvement, and combined efforts, so many much needed sustainable projects are being completed throughout the Arboretum.

UT National Forensic Academy – Collegiate Training Session

Forensic Training Session 1
Forensic Training Session 2

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) hosted a contingent of criminal justice students from UT-Martin on July 25th and again on August 1, 2014 as part of the UT National Forensic Academy’s (NFA) collegiate field training program. The training exercises took place on the NFA’s new field training site which is located on the FRREC property. This training site is a result of a unique UT partnership, finalized in 2013, between the UT Institute of Agriculture and the UT Institute of Public Service. The NFA’s 9-credit hour collegiate training program is administered through the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge. Over 15 students were in attendance for the off-campus field training event, which consisted of mock crime scene and clandestine grave site investigations.

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