Week 2

Students learning the history of Floracliff Nature Sanctuary.

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Forestry students on the way back from removing invasive bush honeysuckle at Floracliff.

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Review of knowledge gained throughout the week.

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Hanging up our posters and preparing for tree disease presentations.

   

Week 2 - Spring Field Semester 2023

by Kassidy Everidge

The second week of our spring field semester takes place in Lexington, with Dr. Ellen Crocker for Intro to Forest Health. Our first day began with a discussion on what the term forest health actually involves and the current conditions of our forests. In the afternoon we drove to Floracliff Nature Sanctuary to do a forest health assessment as well as get some hands-on experience with invasive plant removal. We assisted Floracliff’s workers and volunteers with removing bush honeysuckle in an area of their forest. For the second day, we pick back up learning about forest health conditions. We spent the day learning about plant pathology. We met with Dr. Tyler Dreaden and Megan Buland for a lab where we studied different pathogens, fungi, and petri dishes of spore growth’s we collected the week before under microscopes. That evening we went to the TPC computer lab to begin working on projects about a chosen tree disease. On day three we learned more about pathogens and mycology. Megan Buland spoke with us about how mushrooms are grown for marker production and we had the opportunity to begin growing our own batch of oyster mushrooms that we got to take home with us. That evening we finished up our research for our disease projects. Day four consisted of elaborating on invasive plant management and presenting our disease projects. We hung posterboards of our projects in the hallway and presented them to both classmates and a group of professionals who work with extension and the public. Lastly, we had a review session to go over what we had learned throughout the week.

The activities of this week were important to our future careers, as all of us will have to deal with invasive species and communicating with people outside the forestry field in our work.


Week 1

Students work together to solve a maze at Asbury College challenge course.

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Josh on the high wire at Asbury Challenge Course.

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Dr. John Lhotka gives students a refresher on azimuths and bearings using their compasses at Berea College Forest.

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Dr. John Lhotka showing students how to find slope percentage while using a compass at Berea College Forest.

   

Week 1 - Spring Field Semester 2023

by Tucker Brown

Our first week of the semester we did a team bonding event and field skills refresher course. The team bonding event was at the Asbury University Challenge Course and it included multiple games, puzzles, and challenges that promoted teamwork and comradery. We also completed a high rope and low rope challenge course. Some of these walkable wires were 40 feet off the ground! The rest of the week was a skills refresher course to remind students how to do different types of fieldwork like measurements and compass directional work. This was taught by multiple professors at the Thomas Poe Copper building on campus. We also spent a day at the Berea College Forest touching up on some lessons taught in previous semesters. This week was fun and a great way to start such a unique semester.

How can we help? 

If you have questions about the UK Forestry program or would like to schedule a visit, let us know.

Contact Laura Lhotka, Forestry Academic Coordinator 859-257-8718, laura.lhotka@uky.edu