Kevin Hoyt, current director of the center and
arboretum, is pleased to be hosting the field day in conjunction with the Tennessee
Forestry Association’s 63rd Annual Convention being held in Oak Ridge October 15
-17. “We hope visitors to the convention and visitors just coming out for the
field day enjoy their day at the Arboretum, and we hope they learn about our
center and about current research of relevance to industry as well as the small
woodlot or family forest landowner,” Hoyt said. “Whether a landowner is
interested in timber production, forest health or wildlife management, the
staff and faculty of the center and the UT Institute of Agriculture are here to
help,” he added.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The University of
Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Woods and Wildlife Field Day on
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Forest Resources AgResearch
and Education Center and UT Arboretum.
Woods and Wildlife Field Day is designed to help landowners with 10 or more
acres of forestland as they make forest management decisions that will balance
their goals related to the fiscal management of their property as well as
wildlife and forest sustainability.
program will begin at 8 a.m. EDT and will run through lunch. An optional 7 a.m.
breakfast is available for forest professionals who wish to network and share
experiences. Chris Erwin, director of southern forest
conservation with the American Tree Farm System will be the luncheon speaker.
The field day will feature UT experts and professionals with private
organizations as well as state and federal agencies as speakers and will
include tours focusing on a variety of forest management topics including
wildlife management, reforestation, forest health and best management practices.
Specific topics will include intercropping of oak and pine, interpreting data
from a forest inventory analysis, establishing constructed wetlands on small
plots, integrated pest management monitoring and white-tailed deer management.
Lisa Muller, an associate professor in the UT Department of Forestry,
Wildlife and Fisheries, along with Jerry Middleton, a biologist with the
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will give a special
presentation on Tennessee bats and the UT Arboretum Bat Monitoring Project.
Also, Richard Evans, retired director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and
Education Center and UT Arboretum, will help the community and the Institute of
Agriculture celebrate 50 years of research and outreach at the UT Oak
Ridge Forest by presenting an oral history of the facility. Evans retired in
2011 with nearly 40 years of service at the research center.
Admission to the event is free and includes lunch, but advance
pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register call
865-483-3571, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To request an accommodation for accessibility, call 865-483-3571. For additional details about the program, visit the center’s website forestry.tennessee.edu.
Both the event and lunch are sponsored by the Tennessee Tree Farm Committee.
The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center headquarters and UT
Arboretum are located 3 miles southeast of downtown Oak Ridge, on Highway 62.
The address is 901 S. Illinois Avenue.
The center is one of 10
outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch
system. AgResearch is a division of the UT
Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction,
research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and
Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT
Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.
Kevin Hoyt, director, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center,
Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570, email@example.com