Restoring Woodland Health With Shortleaf Pine

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 09:00 to 12:30

Register for free by April 12, 2018 for this field forum on shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration in the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. The Forest Stewards Guild is partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and The University of the South to expand the capacity for shortleaf restoration at the Domain Forest at Sewanee, and among private woodland owners in the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee.

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 free 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, visits to multiple field sites, and a free lunch! 

Meeting agenda:

8:30am: Registration begins, coffee, and donuts provided (outdoor pavilion at the Domain Forest, at the end of Crosby Lane in Sewanee, TN)

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- Chris Roberts (Tennessee Wildlife Federation)

9:22am: Description of the ecology and economics of shortleaf pine- Dr. Ken Smith and Nate Wilson (Sewanee)

9:30am: Brief break and we head into the field

9:45am: Visit a 2017 timber harvest to promote oak-pine woodland

10:30am: Visit site with shortleaf plantings from 2003 and 2016, managed with recent prescribed fire

11:15am: Visit a 2012 harvest to promote oak-pine woodland with recent prescribed fire

12:00pm: Lunch in the field will be provided, port-a-potty will be on-site

12:30pm: Head back to the pavilion, final remarks and meeting adjourned!

Inquiries: contact Nick Biemiller, 631-456-1698
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