Restoring Woodland Health with Shortleaf Pine - Berea, KY

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 09:00 to 13:00

Register by June 20 for this field forum on shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration in the Cumberland Plateau of Kentucky. The Forest Stewards Guild is partnering with Berea College to expand the capacity for shortleaf restoration at the Berea College Forest and among private woodland owners in the Cumberland Plateau region.

Both Tennessee and Kentucky have experienced a 70 to 80 percent reduction in acres occupied by shortleaf pine or shortleaf pine-oak forests since 1980. Over it’s range, more than 60 percent of shortleaf pine forests are found on private lands, so restoration on private forestlands is critical to reestablishing shortleaf pine and its associated ecosystems.

This event will bring together private woodland owners, natural resource professionals, and professional members of the Guild to discuss opportunities to enhance woodland health by promoting shortleaf pine forests. The event will include coffee and donuts, presentations on shortleaf pine, and visits to multiple field sites!

If you are interested in more details of shortleaf restoration, join us for a Guild Gathering the day before this event, on June 29, as we tour the Daniel Boone National Forest and highlight exemplary restoration management there.

Meeting agenda:

Meet at Berea College Forestry Outreach Center,
2047 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403.

8:30am: Registration check-in begins. Coffee and donuts provided. 

9:00am: Welcome to the event and introduction to the project and shortleaf pine - Nick Biemiller, Forest Stewards Guild.

9:15am: Overview of the wildlife habitat benefits to shortleaf pine ecosystem management - Tom Edwards, Kentucky Division of Wildlife.

9:30am: Description of the ecology and management options for shortleaf pine ecosystems - Clint Patterson, Berea College.

9:45am: Brief break and we head into the field

10:00am: See remnant old shortleaf pine trees around the Forestry Outreach Center.

10:35am: Visit a site with 20+ year old shortleaf plantings in an old pasture field.

11:20am: Visit a 2012-2014 harvest to promote oak-pine woodland with recent prescribed fire in a 2014 harvest area.

1:00pm: Head back to Forestry Outreach Center for final remarks and meeting adjourned.

A note about access: The last field site will require some upslope hiking. Please wear close-toed shoes and be prepared to hike 30 minutes each way. The other sites will be accessible via car, so those who are unable/uninterested in the hike will be shuttled back to the Forestry Outreach Center at 11:20am.

Please bring a bottle of water. Bug spray, sunscreen, and long pants are recommended.  

Inquiries: contact Nick Biemiller, 631-456-1698
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