News: July - December 2013
Highland Rim Forest Conducts Controlled Burn Training Exercise
The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center - Highland Rim Forest Unit in Tullahoma, TN conducted a controlled burn training exercise on November 4, 2013 with the Tennessee Division of Forestry (TDF) and students from the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries (FWF). The annual prescribed burn is a focused field exercise aimed at enhancing wildlife habitat, while reducing downed woody fuel loading on the unit's forestland property. It also provides a cooperative field training exercise for TDF personnel and students from the FWF forest fire management class of Associate Professor Jennifer Franklin and Assistant Professor Emma Willcox.
UT Cumberland Forest donates Norway spruce for State Christmas Tree
Martin Schubert, Cumberland Forest Manager (center – brown jacket), is interviewed by a local reporter standing in front of the 55 foot tall Norway spruce.
The 55 foot tall Norway spruce is hoisted by two large cranes onto an awaiting trailer for transportation to Nashville.
A 55 foot tall Norway spruce located on the UT Cumberland Forest Unit was cut down on the morning of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The stately spruce was recently selected as the Tennessee State Christmas Tree, and will be decorated and on display at the State Capitol in Nashville. During the felling operations, workers secured the top of the tree with two large cranes in order to safely cut and lower the tree onto the bed of a lowboy truck for the 120 mile ride to Nashville. Martin Schubert, Manager of UT’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – Cumberland Forest unit, coordinated the operation, which included several state agencies and private contractors. “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to provide the tree for the enjoyment of the state’s citizens during the 2013 holiday season,” says Martin. For more information on this story please visit: https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/default.aspx.
Troop 320 and Troop 451 Complete Eagle Scout Projects
David Dunn - Troop 320 (top of picture - red jacket) provides leadership and direction for his team in building a connecting wood/rock staircase from the creek to the Old Kerr Hollow Road Trail.
Shaun Guyette - Troop 451 (front row - green t-shirt) provided leadership and direction for his team in completing the "refurbishing" of the old information kiosk located at the beginning of the S. Forest Loop Road Trail.
William Zorn - Troop 451 (middle - green jacket and brown cap) provided leadership for his team in completing the rebuild of the old bridge in the Marsh area.
During November volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 320 and Troop 451 completed three work projects within the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center Arboretum. David Dunn's (Troop 320) Eagle Scout project was focused on building a wood/rock connecting staircase to the creek area near the juncture of the Arboretum S. Illinois Ave. entryway and the Old Kerr Hollow Road. Shaun Guyette's (Troop 451) project was focused on refurbishing the old information kiosk located on the S. Forest Loop Road Trail in preparation of a new American Tree Farm educational outreach initiative. William Zorn's (Troop 451) project was aimed at refurbishing, strengthening, and enlarging the first bridge in the Marsh area. The FRREC truly appreciates the volunteer work of the Boy Scouts of America working on much needed projects that might otherwise not get completed due to limited resources and staff time.
UT Arboretum Society Hosts Another Successful Owl Prowl
The UT Arboretum Society hosted another highly successful "Owl Prowl" on October 26, 2013. Katie Cottrell, Kathy Strunk, and Kris Brantley from the Clinch River Raptor Center led an engaging question and answer session, complete with several live owls from the Raptor Center, to a full capacity crowd of over 200 people. The brisk fall night activities ended with three night hikes for a "prowl" on the Arboretum grounds in hopes of hearing the calls of the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center's resident owl population.
UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale
A beautiful fall day welcomed hundreds of guests to the UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale held on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center's Arboretum program shelter. Plant sale attendees were greeted with a wide selection of beautiful native plants, trees and shrubs for fall gardening activities. UT Arboretum Society members worked extremely hard throughout the day to ensure the success of this year's sale, which directly benefits the operations of the UT Arboretum. (Photo by Charles Samuels, UTAS President)
Woods and Wildlife Field Day Event
Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck (right) leads off Tour 1 with a presentation/discussion focused on "Investigations in Growing High-Quality Oak in Mixed-Hardwood Plantings".
Dr. Dave Buehler (right) leads off Tour 2 with a presentation/discussion focused on "Wildlife Habitat Management related to Forest Disturbance".
A near perfect fall day provided the setting for the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center annual "Woods and Wildlife" field day held at the Cumberland Forest Unit on October 3rd, 2013. The event focused on highlighting several silviculture research projects, as well as, wildlife habitat management practices for family forest landowners and professional resource managers. Field session tours were conducted by faculty from the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. The Tennessee Division of Forestry and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were also on hand to provide demonstrations, outreach information, and landowner management advice. Over 60 family forest landowners, natural resource professionals, and other University of Tennessee - Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) personnel attended the event. A catered BBQ lunch under the canopy of the Cumberland Forest Norway spruce plantation was enjoyed by all.
FRREC Staff Harvest Logs from TVA Powerline Right-of-Way Project
FRREC staff - Bo Duncan (left) and Mike Trammell (right) - measure and cut oak tree-length logs from the TVA Powerline Right-of-Way project into 14' merchandized logs for mill delivery.
Bo Duncan loads merchandized logs with the new Kubota tractor onto the FRREC International Harvester log truck for delivery to the sawmill.
The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) - Oak Ridge Forest Unit staff recently utilized the new Kubota tractor and reconditioned International Harvester truck to merchandise and haul hardwood logs generated from the TVA Powerline Right-of-Way widening project. The TVA contract crew had previously widened the existing Arboretum Right-of-Way by an additional 30+ feet and in the process generated hardwood tree-length logs. The FRREC crew then merchandised and hauled the logs to a local sawmill. The operation provided much-needed revenue for the Center, an opportunity for staff to hone their logging skills, and a chance to deploy our small woodlot logging equipment.
UT Arboretum Society holds "Pot Luck" Board Meeting
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 the UT Arboretum Society held their regular monthly board meeting at the UT Arboretum Program Shelter. Fran Scheidt (top center), gave an update on the Holly Collection, which included ideas and plans for the future. Kevin Hoyt, Center Director, gave an update on the new auditorium and future programming ideas. Mr. Tom Looney, UTIA Office of Institutional Advancement, discussed how the new building would ultimately support the Arboretum Endowment Campaign. Charlie Samuels, UTAS President, presided over the meeting which included a pot luck supper. A total of 18 board members, task force leaders, and spouses attended the meeting.
New Bluebird Boxes for the Arboretum
The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center recently received a generous donation of eight new Bluebird nesting boxes from Sascha Richey. The donation was part of Sascha's Girl Scout leadership/community outreach project requirement. Sascha and her father helped to install five of the Bluebird nesting boxes in the Arboretum near the main TVA powerline this past spring. The other three boxes will be used to replace some of the older existing boxes that are beyond repair.
Troop 224 Eagle Scout Work Day
On Saturday July 22, 2013, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 224 assisted Daniel LaClair (center of picture - dark blue t-shirt and shorts) with his Eagle Scout project at the UT Arboretum. Daniel's project was focused on building a foot bridge across the creek that runs adjacent to Illinois Avenue near the front entrance of the Arboretum. The project will not only provide foot travel access to a small island for our visitors, but will also provide a safe pathway to transport lawn care equipment across the creek to maintain the island. Daniel coordinated the work crew and provided the wood materials for the footbridge. The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center provided the bridge support poles.
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