February 2017

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

Healthy Hardwoods Demo Plot Preparation
Demo Plot Preparation for the Mini-field Day

FRREC – Oak Ridge Forest Crew Prepares Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day Demo Plot

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – Oak Ridge Forest crew began logging/hauling the Timber Harvesting Demo Plots that will be used during the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Mini-field Day on Saturday May 20th, 2017. The marked “harvest” trees consisted of Oak sp., Hickory sp., Tulip poplar, and Sweetgum. Grade logs from the harvest were hauled to a local sawmill for revenue generation. The tops/stem wood was donated to the UT Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries – Forestry Club for their woodsman team practice wood and firewood program. The mini-field day will be led by Dr. David Mercker, UT Extension Forester, and will be open to landowners, loggers, foresters and the general public. The program will include an inside presentation and a field visit to the plot area that will feature improper diameter limit cutting versus a proper timber harvest. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Heathcove Trail Bridge Repair: Before and After
Andrew Christiansen's Bridge Project Team

Boy Scout Troop 30 Completes Eagle Scout Project

Andrew Christiansen  and Bridge Repair Project Andrew Christiansen from BSA Troop 30 completed his Boy Scouts of America “Eagle Scout” project in the UT Arboretum in November, 2016. He and members of his troop rebuilt the deteriorated bridge on the lower part of the Heath Cove Trail and installed gravel and waterbars on the new “yet-to-be” named trail near the Visitors Center. Andrew, who most people call Rudy, is a Life Scout in Troop 30 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He is a 15 year-old freshman who enjoys piano, martial arts, marksmanship, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Andrew was quoted as saying “the UT Arboretum has an amazing number of unique plants along its many beautiful trails” and thanked the Arboretum staff for the opportunity to help maintain the safety and health of the trail system.

Top Left: Bridge before

Top Right: Bridge after

Lower Left: Troop 30 Bridge Project Team (Andrew far left: blue jacket)

Above: Andrew Christiansen

Photos courtesy of Andrew Christiansen

New Year's Walk at the Elmore Holly Garden
New Year's Walk 2017

2017 UT Arboretum Society/FRREC “New Year's Walk”

The UT Arboretum Society (UTAS) hosted the third annual “New Year’s Walk” at the UT Arboretum on Monday January 2nd, 2017. The event started out at the new UT Arboretum Auditorium 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 walk led by Dr. Kevin Hoyt, FRREC Director, to 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 walkers were then led on an interpretive hike by Dr. Hoyt down to the Valley Road and up through the Oak-Hickory/Lost Chestnut Trail system before returning to the auditorium via the Heathcove Trail. The wet muggy day did not deter the interest and enthusiasm of the 45 people in attendance.

Top Left: Mr. Dennis Superczynski (blue hat – middle of photo) discusses the Harold Elmore Holly collection during the 2017 New Year’s Walk.

Lower Left: Dr. Kevin Hoyt (green jacket – left) discusses the management of the UT Arboretum and the FRREC during the 2017 New Year’s Walk.

Photos courtesy of Janet Bigelow