From the Woods Kentucky

From the Woods Kentucky is a weekly radio show on WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington co-hosted by Renee Williams and Laura Lhotka. Listen to our podcasts archived below. 

Episode 60 - TreesLouisville

Guest: Cindi Sullivan - Executive Director/President, TreesLouisville (air date 3/12/2020)


Episode 59 - Forest Recreation

Guest: Dr. Jason Swanson - Associate Professor, UK Department of Retailing and Tourism Management (air date 3/5/2020)


Episode 58 - Rare Plants

Guest: Tara Littlefield - Rare Plant Program Manager & Botanist, Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (air date 2/19/2020)


Episode 57 - Kentucky Nature Preserves

Guest: Zeb Weese - Executive Director, Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (air date 2/13/2020)


Episode 56 - Horse Logging

Guests: Clint Patterson - Berea College Forester, John Hite III - Berea College Horse Program Forest Technician, John Abrams - Berea College Wildlife Biologist, Chad Niman - University of Kentucky Primary Forest Products Specialist (air date 2/6/2020)


Episode 55 - Woodland Stewards Webinars

Guest: Billy Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 1/30/2020)


Episode 54 - White Oak Genetics

Guest: Dr. Laura DeWald - Tree Improvement Specialist, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 1/23/2020)


Episode 53 - Maple Syrup

Guests: Billy Thomas - UK Extension Forester; Shad Baker - UK Ag Extension Agent (Letcher County); Jeremy Williams - UK Ag Extension Agent (Harlan County); Seth Long - Kentucky Maple Syrup Association (air date 1/16/2020)


Episode 52 - Fire Ecology

Guests: Dr. Mary Arthur - Professor of Forest Ecology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources; and E.J. Bunzendahl - Fire Management Officer, Daniel Boone National Forest, U.S. Forest Service (air date 1/9/2020)


Episode 51 - Kentucky Division of Forestry

Guest: James Wright, Director and State Forester - Kentucky Division of Forestry (air date 12/12/2019)


Episode 50 - Forest Health Research and Education Center

Guests: Drs. Ellen Crocker (UK), Dana Nelson (U.S. Forest Service), Burt Abbott (UK), Thomas Ochuodho (UK), Tyler Dreaden (U.S. Forest Service and UK). (air date 11/14/2019)


Episode 49 - Daniel Boone National Forest

Guests: Dan Olsen, Forest Supervisor; Dr. Claudia Cotton, Forest Soil Scientist - U.S. Forest Service (air date 11/7/2019)


Episode 48 - Creepy Things from the Forest

Guests: Dr. Jonathan Larson - Extension Entomologist, UK Dept. of Entomology; Dr. Ellen Crocker - Assistant Professor Forest Health Extension, UK Dept. Forestry and Natural Resources; Megan Buland - Technician, UK Dept. Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 10/31/2019)


Episode 47 - Forest Certification

Guests: Bobby Ammerman - Extension Associate of Secondary Wood Industry; Eric Gracey - Management Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 10/24/2019)


Episode 46 - Forest Fire

Guests: Dr. Claudia Cotton - Forest Soil Scientist, U.S. Forest Service; Brandon Howard - Forest Protection Branch Manager, Fire Management Chief, Kentucky Division Forestry (air date 10/17/2019)


Episode 45 - Tree Week 2019

Guests: Nic Williamson - Urban Forest Initiative Coordinator (UK); Heather Wilson - Municipal Arborist (LFUCG); Bridget Abernathy - Urban Forestry Program Coordinator (KDF) (air date 10/10/2019)


Episode 44 - Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture

Guest: Amanda Duren, Habitat Delivery Coordinator - Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (air date 9/26/2019)


Episode 43 - Kentucky Wood Expo

Guest: Bobby Ammerman, Extension Associate of Secondary Wood Industry and Chad Niman, Primary Forest Products Specialist, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 9/19/19)


Episode 42 - White Oak Initiative

Guest: Dr. Jeff Stringer, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Chris Will, Central Kentucky Forest Management (air date 9/12/2019)


Episode 41 - American Chestnut

Guest: Rex Mann - Kentucky American Chestnut Foundation (air date 9/5/2019)


Episode 40 - What is Tree?

Guest: Laurie Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 8/29/2019)



Episode 39 - Woodland Owners Short Course

Guest: Billy Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 6/27/2019)


Episode 38 - Water Quality

Guest: Dr. Amanda Gumbert - Extension Water Quality Specialist, UK Cooperative Extension Service (air date 6/13/2019)


Episode 37 - Small-Scale Logging

Guest: Chad Niman - Primary Forest Products Specialist, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 5/23/19)


Episode 36 - Forest Sector Economic Contribution

Guest: Billy Thomas (Extension Forester) and Chad Niman (Primary Forest Products Specialist) - UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 5/16/2019)


Episode 35 - Rights-of-Way

Guest: Dr. Gabriel Karns - Visiting Assistant Professor; School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Ohio State University. (air date 5/9/2019)


Episode 34 - Management Plans

Guest: Dr. Matthew Springer - Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management; and Laurie Thomas - Extension Forester. UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 4/29/2019)


Episode 33 - Earth Day

Guest: Dr. John Cox - Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 4/22/19)

Episode 32 - River Otters

Guest: Gabriela Wolf - Graduate Teaching Assistant, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 4/15/2019)


Episode 31 - Snakes

Guests: Dr. Steven Price - Associate Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology; Dr. Matthew Springer - Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management. UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 4/8/2019)


Episode 30 - Urban Forestry

Guests: Nic Williamson - Urban Forest Initiative Coordinator, University of Kentucky; Heather Wilson - Municipal Arborist, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Emily Ellingson - Curator and Native Plants Collection Manager, The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky (air date 4/1/2019)


Episode 29 - Timber Harvest

Guest: Billy Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 3/25/2019)


Episode 28 - Ticks

Guest: Paul Bellamy - Graduate Student, Master of Public Health, UK College of Public Health (air date 3/18/2019) (Photo by L. Townsend)


Episode 27 - Forestry Careers

Guest: Dr. Jim Ringe, Professor of Marketing, Economics, and Wood Products, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Also joining us Maya Collins-Paterson, Wayne Centers, and Laurie Thomas (air date 3/11/2019)


Episode 26 - Bees

Guest: Dr. Tammy Horn Potter - Kentucky State Apiarist, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Doug Potter, Graduate Student, UK Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 3/4/2019)


Episode 25 - Silviculture

Guest: Dr. John Lhotka - Associate Professor of Silviculture, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 2/25/2019)


Episode 24 - Woodland Owner Resources

Guest: Billy Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 02/18/19)


Episode 23 - Great Backyard Bird Count

Guest: Laurie Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 2/11/19)


Episode 22 - Master Naturalist

Guest: Dr. Carmen Agouridis and Dr. Ellen Crocker - College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (air date: 2/4/2019)


Episode 21 - Landscape Ecology

Guest: Dr. Jian Yang - Assistant Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 1/28/2019)


Episode 20 - Fungi

Guest: Dr. Ellen Crocker - Post Doctoral Scholar, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 01/21/2019)


Episode 19 - Firewood

Guest: Doug McLaren - Retired Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 1/14/2019)


Episode 18 - Woodland Owners

Guest: Billy Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 01/03/19)


Episode 17 - Deer

Guest: Dr. John Cox - Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 12/20/18)


Episode 16 - Watersheds

Guest: Dr. Chris Barton - Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 12/13/18)


Episode 15 - Citizen Science

Guests: Dr. Ellen Crocker, Dr. Carmen Agouridis, Laurie Thomas, - College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (air date 12/6/2018)


Episode 14 - Turkeys

Guest: Dr. Matthew Springer - Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 11/29/2018)


Episode 13 - Christmas Trees

Guest: Laurie Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 11/15/18)


Episode 12 - Herpetology

Guest: Dr. Steven Price - Associate Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 11/8/2018)


Episode 11 - Robinson Forest

Guest: Dr. Jeff Stringer - Chairman, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 11/1/2018)


Photo of Indiana bat

Episode 10 - Bats

Guest: Dr. Mike Lacki - Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 10/25/2018)


Episode 9 - Wood Products

Guest: Chad Niman - Primary Forest Products Specialist, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 10/18/2018)


Episode 8 - Wildlife Questions

Guest: Dr. Matthew Springer - Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 10/11/2018)


Urban Forest Initiative

Episode 7 - Urban Forest Initiative

Guest: Dr. Mary Arthur and Nic Williamson - UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Urban Forest Initiative (air date 10/4/18)


Fall Colors - Photo by Tom Barnes

Episode 6 - Fall Colors

Guest: Laurie Thomas - Extension Forester, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 9/27/18)


Photo of Stratton Hatfield and Martial Eagle

Episode 5 - Martial Eagles

Guest: Stratton Hatfield - Masters Graduate Student, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 9/20/2018)


Photo of John Cox and black bears

Episode 4 - Black Bears

Guest: Dr. John Cox - Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 9/13/18)


Photo of Chris Barton

Episode 3 - Green Forests Work

Guest: Dr. Chris Barton - Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 9/06/18)


Photo of Ellen Crocker using TreeSnap

Episode 2 - Forest Health

Guest: Dr. Ellen Crocker - Post Doctoral Scholar, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Abe Nielsen, Forest Health Specialist, Kentucky Division of Forestry (air date 08/30/2018)


Photo of Jeff Stringer at an Extension event

Episode 1 - What is Forestry?

Guest: Dr. Jeff Stringer - Chairman, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (air date 8/23/2018)

Photo of Renee Williams and Laura Lhotka - From the Woods Kentucky

Reneé D. Williams
Information Specialist Senior 
(859) 257-7597 | rdwill5@uky.edu | 216 T.P. Cooper Building


Laura R. Lhotka, Ph.D.
Academic Coordinator
(859) 257-8718 | laura.lhotka@uky.edu | 104 T.P. Cooper Building


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