Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dendrology students on the move....

Dendrology class for fall 2010 swelled to over 110 students enrolled in Fish and Wildlife and Forest Management at Haywood Community College. This class requires many filed trips to expose all of these Natural Resources students to all of the species and habitats that  they exist within and are asked to know by the end of the semester.  This effort takes many sections of lab so that we can continue to have a ration of 14 students per instructor.  These size of labs also prevent over exposure and wear and tear on trails and hillsides that we visit. Students have a much better success rate with these smaller labs and get more personalized attention.  Two trips we have been on in the last two weeks were one, Tennessee State Park, Panther Creek on Cherokee lake near Morristown Tennessee. There are a lot of species over the west side of our mountains that this trip offers the students a chance to see that do not grow in our mountain soil types. This picture (above) only shows about half of the dendrology group.

We also did a return visit to the historic Osborne boundary maker tree outside of Canton on highway 110. This shot shows two labs sections gathered around the base of the tree and were lectured on the age and history this old hybrid black oak (Quercus velutina) and scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) has endured since the mid 1700 hundreds. (Post by Bob Pinkston)

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