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Field Tour

The field tour will showcase collaborative research between the UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center (FRREC), the UT Tree Improvement Program, and the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. A study was established between 2012 and 2015 at the UT FREEC in Oak Ridge, TN, in the Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province, to examine effects on natural and artificial regeneration in two silvicultural systems: an even-aged two-age shelterwood and an uneven-aged expanding gap (Femelschlag). White oak seedlings (2-0) from second-gene ration progeny with putative genes for early mast production were planted in each treatment, and natural regeneration was monitored. Monitoring after a major drought in summer 2016 provides some insight into how treatments can mitigate drought.
The second study was established by the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the UT FRREC in 2014 and involves intercropping of 1-0 white oak nursery seedlings with loblolly, white, and shortleaf pine seedlings in adjacent areas. Oak and pine seedlings were planted in different spatial arrangements to further explore positive effects of intercropped pine seedlings on oak seedlings observed in previous research. Tour participants will see each oak and pine intercropping scenario after 4 growing seasons, and different mechanisms underlying the potential facilitation of oak growth and survival such as reduced deer browsing, and microclimate modification will be discussed.
  • Advanced registration and a $40 additional fee are required to attend this field tour. Select the field tour option when completing the conference registration form.
  • We will depart at 7:30 am and return at 1:30 pm to the Hilton Hotel. Trip times are approximate and may vary depending on weather and traffic conditions.
  • Vans will be provided to provide transportation.
  • Box lunch and snacks will be provided.
  • Please plan to encounter wet, muddy, or cold conditions.