Guild Gathering - Shortleaf Restoration in Kentucky, Daniel Boone NF

Event Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 08:30 to 15:00

Registration closed.
Guild Gathering and field tour
Daniel Boone National Forest

Join this field forum on shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration in the Cumberland Plateau of Kentucky. The Forest Stewards Guild is partnering with Berea College, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and the University of the South to increase capacity for shortleaf restoration in Cumberland Plateau region. As part of these efforts, we are partnering with the Daniel Boone National Forest to highlight exemplary practices in shortleaf management.

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. At the turn of the century up to 90% of shortleaf is estimated to have been lost on the Daniel Boone National Forest due to a severe southern pine beetle epidemic. Today, the Daniel Boone National Forest is taking active steps to restore or enhance shortleaf ecosystems by implementing innovative silviculture, prescribed fire, and adaptive management.

This event will bring together Guild members, natural resource professionals, academics, and private woodland owners to discuss opportunities to enhance woodland health by promoting shortleaf pine ecosystems. The event will include visits to multiple field sites on the Daniel Boone National Forest.  

Can't get enough? If you are interested in hearing more about resources available to private woodland owners, please stick around and join us for another shortleaf event at the Berea College Forest on June 30.

Meeting agenda and forest management map:

The field sites will require some hiking to access, so please wear close-toed shoes and be prepared to walk up to ¼-mile. Please bring a bottle of water. Bug spray, sunscreen, and long pants are recommended.

8:30 a.m.: Meet at the USFS London Ranger District Office, 761 S Laurel Rd, London, KY 40744.

9:00 a.m.: Leave for our first field location.

10:00 a.m.- Former Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Designated Site: This mature shortleaf stand's year of origin is 1898. This visit provides a point of reference for a mature shortleaf stand that was once a designated RCW site. Proposed management includes re-introducing prescribed fire, and treating the hardwood understory/midstory with herbicide as needed through adaptive management

11:00 a.m.- Shortleaf Stand Improvement Discussion: Visit a young, regenerating shortleaf pine stand with a component of hardwoods at various proportions and diverse age classes. This area was clearcut at the turn of the century to prevent the spread of the southern pine beetle infestation. Proposed management includes re-introducing prescribed fire, thinning dense clusters of shortleaf, releasing overtopped shortleaf, planting shortleaf, and variable density thinning.

12:00 p.m.: Break for lunch in the field- please bring your own lunch

1:00 p.m.- Woodland Treatment: Visit a woodland treatment area consisting of several stands of upland oak forest types. This area has received numerous prescribed fire treatments. Currently, this stand is proposed to receive a woodland treatment. Shortleaf pine is proposed to be planted within small clusters, known as cluster planting, to promote species diversity and move towards an oak-pine/mixed woods community. 

2:00 p.m.- Connectivity of Forest Communities: This stop provides an example of how adjacent habitat types are connected and can benefit from active management. Despite frequent burning (Rx fire in 2016, 2013, 2006 and more) near-closed canopy conditions occur. A non-commercial woodland treatment is now proposed in the adjacent stand to promote woodland conditions and fire adapted species.

3:00 p.m.: Adjourn

Inquiries: contact Nick Biemiller, 631-456-1698.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium for helping to make this Guild Gathering possible! If you would like to join them in sponsoring this event, please contact Nick.