News: July - December 2012
Mike Trammel - 25 Years of Service
Please join us as we recognize Mike Trammel (far left) for his 25 years of hard work and dedication to the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. Mike currently serves as Farm Crew Leader here at the FRREC and is responsible for ensuring that work tasks are allocated and completed in a timely manner. Mike is an excellent team leader who can be depended upon to complete short-term work assignments, as well as implementing long-term detailed research project plans. Mike is also an extremely resourceful employee. He excels in helping to reduce operating expenses, and is known for his ability to "re-purpose" existing inventory/material, before purchasing new supplies. His skills in carpentry, fabrication, and plumbing have also proved to be extremely valuable in completing the Center's ongoing list of preventative maintenance/capital projects. He is truly a valued employee who keeps the Center facilities and grounds in tip top shape for our researchers, community partners and the public at large.
Troop 328 Eagle Scout Work Day
On Saturday November 10, 2012, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 328 assisted Bobby Krieger (top left of picture - gray t-shirt) with his Eagle Scout project at the UT Arboretum. Bobby's project was focused on building a connecting wood/rock staircase in the Marsh area. The project not only enhanced the area, but also provided a safe passage from the road to the small bridge in the Marsh area. Bobby coordinated the work crew and provided the wood materials for the stair case. The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center provided the aggregate rock for the stair treads.
Artificial Wetland Installed in the Arboretum
The UT AgResearch Forest Resources Research and Education Center (FRREC) recently installed an artificial wetland in the Arboretum Valley Road area. The project was coordinated by Mr. John Byrd, Director, Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO). Funding for the project came from a DOE grant focused on installing artificial wetlands for Anderson County area schools field teaching and educational outreach programs.
CRESO was established in 1989, and is an education/research program that provides middle, high school, and undergraduate students opportunities for unique field research and extended learning experiences in areas of research design and protocols, data management and analysis, biology, and natural resources conservation. The Oak Ridge City Fire Department was also a cooperator in the project, by assisting in filling the new wetland with water.
UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale
Another "creatively decorated" entrance sign coupled with a fantastic fall day welcomed hundreds of guests to the UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 13th, at the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center's Arboretum program shelter. Plant Sale attendees were greeted with a wide selection of beautiful plants, focused on a native perennials theme for fall gardening activities.
FRREC-Oak Ridge Forest Receives Tree Farm Re-certification
Darren Baily, TDF Forester (left), presents Kevin Hoyt and Richard Evans (center) with a Tree Farm sign signifying recertification under the new Certification Standard. Tom Kain, Domtar Paper Company and Tennessee Tree Farm Committee (right) assists with the presentation.
The University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center Oak Ridge Forest Unit has been recertified as a member of the American Tree Farm System. The announcement came during the center’s Woods and Wildlife Field Day held on September 22, 2012. Certification with the American Tree Farm System means that the UT Forest Resources Center adheres to eight stringent standards of sustainability and best management practices for forestry production and harvesting, including following detailed forest management plans that meet or exceed requirements to preserve and protect soil, air and water quality; fish and wildlife biodiversity; and forest aesthetics. To qualify for recertification, the center revised its previous management plan to meet the new tree farm certification standard and then went through a required external audit and review of its processes. The review was conducted by an independent third party, in this case by, Darren Baily, an Area Forester with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.
Woods and Wildlife Field Day Event
Dr. Dave Buckley (left, green shirt) explains some of his research findings from his long-term oak/pine reforestation project to field day participants.
Mr. Dana Ayers, Northeast Implement – Spencer, NY, demonstrates the application of a FARMI tractor logging winch.
The Lumberjack Feud “Traveling Woodsman Show” from Pigeon Forge, TN was the featured lunch time entertainment.
The first day of fall provided the perfect setting for the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – “Woods and Wildlife” field day. Bright sunshine and mild temperatures prevailed for the Saturday, September 22, 2012 event, which focused on small woodlot forestry and wildlife management practices. The event was co-hosted by the Tennessee Tree Farm Committee which featured tours on timber markets and wildlife management, reforestation practices, and small woodlot harvesting/sawmill equipment demonstrations. Over 100 family forest landowners, natural resource professionals, and other University of Tennessee - Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) personnel attended the event. The event was capped off with a BBQ lunch and a woodsman show put on by the Lumberjack Feud form Pigeon Forge, TN.
2012 Fall Wildflower Walk
The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – Oak Ridge Forest Unit and Arboretum hosted the annual “Fall Wildflower Walk” on Saturday, September 15th, 2012. The event, sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society (UTAS), featured two interpretive wildflower walks - one at 10 am and a second at 2 pm. The first walk was led by Kris Light (left – aqua shirt), Naturalist and Photographer. The second walk was led by Charles Samuels (not pictured), UTAS President. Over 80 attendees from Oak Ridge and the surrounding East Tennessee region gained insight about the diversity of the Arboretum’s fall flowering plants, and some of their historical uses/origins.
BobCat Mulcher Used to Establish New Research Project
Pictured at left is the BobCat Forestry Mulcher which was recently deployed on the FRREC SMART Center site to cut down a regenerated cutover forest area to make way for a new water-quality related research project.
The “cleared” off area for the new water-quality research experiment on the FRREC SMART Center site previously contained a thicket of 10 – 20 foot tall trees and brush.
The AgResearch Forest Resources Research and Education Center (FRREC) deployed a BobCat Forestry Mulcher on the SMART Center research project site on August 9 – 10, 2012. The machine was operated by Jimmy (Bo) Duncan, FRREC Staff, and Brent Pilon, UT Biosystems Engineering Research Associate. The machine was used to clear off a regenerated cut-over pine thicket to make way for a new water-quality research experiment. The experiment is part of a project that is being partially funded by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative Cooperative Partnership Grant. The BobCat Forestry Mulcher is designed for general land clearing applications, power line right-of-ways, tree (up to 6” in diameter) and brush removal, and wildlife habitat manipulation.
Huge Turnout for Butterflies and Insects Workshop
The FRREC Visitor Center was filled up by attendees of all ages to hear Kris Light’s talk on Butterflies and Insects.
Kris Light (left forefront kneeling) leads a discussion on insect ID during the outdoor field part of the Butterflies and Insects Workshop.
The UT Arboretum Society recently hosted a “Butterflies and Insects Workshop” on August 11th, 2012 in and around the Forest Resources Research and Education Visitor Center. The informative event was led by Kris Light, Naturalist and Photographer, which featured an interpretive PowerPoint program and field exercise focusing on the lifecycles and identification of common Tennessee insects. Over 70 attendees from Oak Ridge and the surrounding East Tennessee region gained insight about the diversity of insect life located on the Arboretum.
FRREC Hosts Tree Measurement Techniques Classes
The UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center (FRREC) recently hosted two groups that were instructed on tree measuring techniques using the Biltmore Stick.
The Knox County 4H Forestry Measurement Skills Class attendees gather for a group picture at the conclusion of their outing at the UT FRREC.
On July 24, 2012, Kevin Hoyt, FRREC Center Director taught nine Knox County 4H students - led by Ms. Sharon Davis, Knox County UT Extension Agent - how to measure tree diameter, tree heights, and wood volume with a Biltmore Stick. The Biltmore Stick is an ingenious device used in cruising and measuring trees and logs and to estimate lumber. It was developed around the turn of the century based on a principle of similar triangles.
Mr. Herb Paugh (left-red vest), Forestry Program Specialist, with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, instructs NRCS professionals on the use of the Biltmore Stick to measure trees.
On July 26, 2012, a Forestry Field Training Course attended by sixteen area employees of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was conducted by Mr. Herb Paugh, Forestry Program Specialist with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. The workshop was set up by Mr. Matt Walker, NRCS Resource Biologist, and was designed to train employees in the methods of determining the basal area of forest sites, the forest species stocking rate; evaluating tree health; and evaluating site index of a forest stand. NRCS employees were also taught the basics of measuring tree diameters and tree heights with a Biltmore Stick.
UT Arboretum Society Hosts Photography Workshop
On Saturday, July 7th, The UT Arboretum Society sponsored a Photography Workshop in the UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center’s conference room. Dr. R.E McLaren (center - behind laptop), a local amateur photographer, led the workshop. Dr. McLaren has a special interest in wildlife and landscapes. He is also an avid student of photography equipment and techniques, and enjoys interacting with others on these subjects. The session focused on a variety of the most frequently asked questions posed with particular emphasis on camera settings, editing, and panoramas.
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