July - December 2014

A selection of events held at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center during the year.

UTAS/FRREC Parade Float Volunteers 2014
UTAS/FRREC Parade Float 2014

2015 UTAS New Years Day Hike

The UT Arboretum Society (UTAS) hosted the first annual “New Years Day Hike” at the UT arboretum on Thursday January 1st, 2015. The event started out at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center at 9:30 am for a “meet and greet” with UTAS members that included free coffee, hot chocolate and assorted snacks. At 10 am the attendees left the visitors center for a group hike led by Mr. Charles Samuels, immediate past president - UTAS, up the White Pine Trail to the North Forest Loop Trail culminating at the Elmore Holly Collection. Once there, Mr. Dennis Superczynski, Holly Task Force Chairman, gave an overview of the collection, allowing the participants a chance to learn about the collection and see the hollies covered with winter berries. The cold winter day did not deter the attendance and the “family and friends memories” that were made by the 100+ people in attendance.

Left: Over 100 people attended the first annual “New Years Day Hike” at the UT Arboretum on Thursday January 1st, 2015.

Lower Left: Dennis Superczynski (lower left – green jacket) gives an overview of the UT Harold Elmore Holly Collection to the attendees during the New Years Day Hike.

Photos courtesy of Charles Samuels.

UTAS/FRREC Parade Float Volunteers 2014
UTAS/FRREC Parade Float 2014

UTAS/FRREC Build Float for 2014 Oak Ridge Christmas Parade

The UT Arboretum Society (UTAS) and the staff of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) participated again this year in the Oak Ridge Christmas Parade by jointly building a float together for the event. Ms. Lynda Haynes, UTAS Board Member, acted as the team captain, coordinating the entire building, design, preparation and ultimate display of the finished product for this year’s parade. Over 20 UTAS members and the FRREC staff worked diligently on the float throughout November and early December, culminating on the final float entry which depicted a family Christmas scene, concurrent with the 2014 “Holiday Homecoming” parade theme. Their efforts were rewarded when the parade judges awarded the float with the Chamber Award, given annually to the overall outstanding entry presenting and illustrating the parade theme.

Left: UTAS members and FRREC staff pose proudly together on their 2014 Oak Ridge Christmas Parade float entry at the final preparation work day.

Lower Left: The UTAS/FRREC 2014 Oak Ridge Christmas Parade float entry sits staged and ready for the start of the December 14th parade event.

Photos courtesy of Charles Samuels.

Richard Evans Presentation - UTAS Annual Meeting 2014

Richard Evans - Featured Speaker at the November 2014 UTAS Meeting

Richard Evans, Retired Director, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, was the featured speaker at the November 2014 UT Arboretum Society (UTAS) annual dinner meeting. His interesting and entertaining presentation focused on a pictorial 50-year history of the UT Arboretum-Oak Ridge Forest. Over 70 UTAS members and guests attended the annual meeting. Richard Evans also gave similar presentations at the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center’s “Woods and Widlife” field day on October 15th at the Oak Ridge Forest, and at the Tennessee Forestry Association annual meeting on October 16th in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Woods and Wildlife Field Day Tour Woods and Wildlife Field Day Tour

2014 Woods and Wildlife Field Day Event

Woods and Wildlife Field Day Tour The annual UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – “Woods and Wildlife” field day was held on October 15th, 2014. Cool temperatures and overcast skies did not deter an excellent turnout for the event which featured a pictorial historical presentation on the 50th anniversary of the UT Arboretum/Oak Ridge Forest by Richard Evans, retired-Director. Other featured sessions were focused on the primary American Tree Farm management objectives of timber & wildlife management, water resources, and recreation. The event was co-sponsored by the Tennessee Tree Farm Committee and the Tennessee Forestry Association through an educational outreach grant from the American Forest Foundation. Over 100 family forest landowners, natural resource professionals, and other University of Tennessee - Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) personnel attended the event which was capped off with a BBQ lunch provided by the UT Extension/4-H of Anderson County.

Above: Bill Burkman, Program Manager, USFS (far right – orange hardhat) discusses the focus of the UT Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis program as related to timber management for forest landowners and industry.

Left: Dr. David Buckley (center – orange jacket) discusses the potential of oak-pine inter-planting reforestation techniques for forest landowners at his research project site on the UT FRREC-Oak Ridge Forest.

Lower Left: Steve Forbes (far left) and Dr. Andrea Ludwig (center – tan shirt and pants) discusses the potential of constructed wetlands for family forest landowners at the UT Arboretum “woodland wetland” site.

Anderson County Leadership Arboretum Tour Anderson County Leadership Lecture

UT FRREC Hosts Leadership Anderson County Group “Ag Day”

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.

Left: The Leadership Anderson County Class of 2015 enjoys a tractor/trailer tour through the UT Arboretum.

Lower Left: Mr. 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.

Cumberland Landowners Meeting Cumberland Landowners Meeting

Cumberland Forest hosts Morgan County Landowner Meeting

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.

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

Lower Left: Martin 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.

Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase Project Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase/Bridge Project

Boy Scout Troop 140 Completes Eagle Scout
Stair/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.

Left: Brandon 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.

Lower Left: Brandon Puckett (left), poses proudly with his family, on his completed Eagle Scout staircase/bridge project.

Boy Scout Troop 101 Bridge Project Boy Scout Troop 101 Completed Bridge

Boy Scout Troop 101 Completes Eagle Scout Bridge Project

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.

Left: Cothron 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

Forensic Training Session 1
Forensic Training Session 2

UT National Forensic Academy – Collegiate Training Session

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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Forest Resources Research and Education Center
Kevin Hoyt, Director
901 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Phone: 865/483-3571
Fax: 865/483-3572
E-mail: utforest@utk.edu