2018 News Archives

A selection of events held at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center during the year.

UT FRREC Employees Receive Recognition Awards

Bo Duncan and Yvonne Hitchcock Receive Awards Bo Duncan (left) and Yvonne Hitchcock were recently recognized for their long tenure and meritorious service at the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (UT FRREC). Both staff members received the completive Branch Station Service Director Award earlier this summer. The award recipient requirements are for non-exempt support staff of a branch agricultural experiment station who in the opinion of the selection committee have contributed most to the attainment of the mission of the branch stations. The selection criteria is based on the reliability, initiative, cooperativeness, implementation, personality, communication, and competence of the nominees and is open to all AgResearch field personnel. The recognition includes a plaque, cash award, and mention in a future UT Institute of Agriculture publication. Both Yvonne and Bo were well deserving of this recognition based on their 30 year-plus service at the UT FRREC, while also meeting the rigorous criteria of the award program and the competition from other worthy UT AgResearch employee nominations.

UT Arboretum Dedicates New Trail

Evans Way Trail Sign Carol and Richard Evans

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC)/Arboretum officially dedicated the Evans' Way Trail on Monday April 16, 2018. The new trail was dedicated and named in honor of Richard and Carol Evans who spent over 35 years living on the UT Arboretum property. The Evans' Way Trail follows the path of the UT Arboretum Auditorium water line/fiber optic cable route that starts out on Old Kerr Hollow Road (see the Heritage Trace History web page) and terminates at the top of the hill on Shade Tree Lane. The new 500'+ connector trail takes the hiker through a mature oak-pine forest and provides the shortest trail access to the auditorium grounds from the UT Arboretum main parking lot. Mr. Evans retired as the Director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center after 39+ years in June of 2011 and remained in a post-retirement position until December of 2011. Our clientele has greatly benefited from the work, special projects, and trail system that Mr. Evans planned, coordinated, and completed during his life-long career serving the UT Institute of Agriculture.

UT Arboretum Receives TUFC Level-4 Arboreta Re-certification

TUFC Re-certification Signage

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC)/Arboretum officially received the level-4 arboreta re-certification status by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) on Monday March 16, 2018. This accomplishment was a year-long team effort by the FRREC staff, center volunteers, and UTIA/UTK personnel. https://www.tufc.com/programs/tree/arboreta/

In order to receive a Level 4 certification, an arboretum must contain at least 120 different species of trees that are labeled. In addition, it must have the availability of self-guided tours and staff or volunteers on hand to provide special tours. The re-certification process from TUFC is rigorous and requires a five-year period of cataloging tree species on site, establishment of urban forestry best management practices and a detailed tree map of the site. In order to maintain certification standards, an arboretum must apply for re-certification every five years. The UT Arboretum is only a hand-full of level-4 certified arboreta in Tennessee. In addition, the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center is pursuing an Urban Forestry Center of Excellence designation from TUFC. If successful, the UT Arboretum will be the only Center of Excellence in East Tennessee. https://www.tufc.com/programs/educational/centers-of-excellence/

Mr. Neal Denton Program

Spring 2018 programs hosted by UTAS and the UT FRREC/Arboretum

Several indoor programs were jointly offered late this winter/early this spring by the UT Arboretum Society and the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. On February 27th, Mr. Neal Denton, UT Extension Agent (left) presented a program on winter plant care in the UT Arboretum Auditorium.

Dr. Andrea Ludwig Program

On April 9th, Dr. Andrea Ludwig, Associated Professor - UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (left) presented a workshop on building and maintaining rain gardens.

Dr. David Brill Program

Then on April 10th, Mr. David Brill, local author (left), gave an informal reading and presentation on his book “Into the Mist”.

Dr. Mac Post Program

Finally, on April 19th, Dr. Mac Post, ORNL retired scientist (left), gave a presentation and “hands on” program focused on maintaining existing soil for plant and tree growth.

More such programs are being planned for later this spring/summer as part of the ongoing outreach efforts of Ms. Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum Education Program Coordinator.

Oak Ridge Arbor Day Celebration 2018 Oak Ridge Arbor Day Celebration 2018 at Willowbrook School

2018 Oak Ridge Arbor Day Celebration

Dr. Kevin Hoyt (green jacket – right both pictures), director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, served again this year as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 Oak Ridge Arbor Day Celebration on Friday March 2nd, 2018, held on the Willow Brook Elementary School campus. After the ceremony, a Bald cypress was proudly planted on school property by city officials, invited quests, speakers, and students of the school.

Photos: Courtesy of the City of Oak Ridge

Father-Daughter Hike 2018 1 Father-Daughter Hike 2018 2

2018 UTAS Father-Daughter Hike

Jeff Holt, Consulting Forester and UTAS Board Member (top photo: right – green jacket, bottom photo: far left – green jacket), led the 9th Annual Father-Daughter hike held on Saturday, February 17. The event was co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A cold winter day did not deter the 28 "dads and daughters" who turned out for the event. The attendees were led on an interpretive hike by Jeff Holt along the North and Oak-Hickory Trails. Dr. Kevin Hoyt, FRREC Director, also provided commentary about some of the projects along the way. The hikers enjoyed their brisk 1.5+ hour walk before returning to the UT Arboretum office for snacks and backpack distribution for the children.

New Year's Walk 2018

2018 UT Arboretum Society/FRREC “New Year's Walk

The UT Arboretum Society (UTAS) hosted the fourth annual “New Year’s Walk” at the UT Arboretum on Monday January 1st, 2018. The event started out again this year in the UT Arboretum Auditorium at 9:30 am for a “meet and greet” with UTAS members that included free coffee, hot chocolate and assorted snacks. At 10 am the attendees left the visitors center for two different group walks led by Mr. Jeff Holt and Mr. Tim Bigelow, UT Arboretum Society Board Members. Mr. Dennis Superczynski, Holly Task Force Chairman (left in green jacket), was on hand on one of the featured walks to give an engaging overview/update on the Elmore Holly Collection. The extreme cold/single digit temperatures did not deter the interest and enthusiasm of the 32 people in attendance.

Roads Course Discussion
Roads Course Field Exercise

UT FRREC Co-Hosts Forest Road Building Course

The UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center co-hosted a forest road building course this past December at the Oak Ridge Forest with UT Extension. Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck, UT Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Department Professor/UT Extension Specialist, organized the 3-day course for Tennessee Division of Forestry field foresters/technicians which focused on forest road construction, maintenance, and associated Best Management Practices. The classroom part of the course was held in the UT Arboretum Auditorium and the field exercises were held on Lone Mountain State Forest in Morgan County. Dr. Mike Aust, Professor – Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation co-led the classroom and field exercises.

Photos:Dr. Mike Aust, Professor - Virginia Tech, (center – both pictures) leads the class discussion and field exercises of the forest roads course.