Research in Batesville (published)
Landowners at the March 6 forestry-wildlife field day learn about hardwood management from a silvicultural and economic standpoint.
Small plots were established to compare a diameter limit cut with a selection cut. Plans are to carry out larger scale demonstrations of several acres to compare different cutting methods.
Here, landowners listen to a presentation about Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Water bars and other water diversion devices have been installed on the steeper woods roads to reduce erosion.
In a tract termed the “Goat 40s”, economic returns from the production of low grade hardwood forest stands were compared with returns from similar acres converted to range grazing. In the grazed area,
the overstory was sprayed to kill the hardwoods, and native grasses were allowed to come in or forage grasses were seeded.
Loblolly and shortleaf pine plantations were established to compare the effects of several different spacings on tree growth. Several trees were damaged during a recent ice storm.
A thinning and improvement cut is planned in the near future.
The most recent timber harvest occurred on the River Hills Tract in 1994. About 306,000 bd.ft. (Doyle) were removed in a selection cut on about 60 acres.
Other harvests were conducted nearby in 1989, 1990, and 1991.
An example of a BMP stream crossing using washed rock in the road to minimize sediment disruption during heavy road use on the River Hills Tract.
Shortleaf and loblolly pine seedlings were planted underneath a hardwood stand. Herbicides were applied by various methods
to determine which herbicides and methods of applications are most effective in removing the overstory hardwood species, and thereby releasing the pines.
This 12-acre field near Waugh Mountain will be planted with seedlings of cherrybark oak, white oak, and sawtooth oak in Spring 2005, primarily to investigate and compare acorn production and future acorn preferences by wildlife.
Plans are to incorporate a tree shelter demonstration with this planting. The current field/woods edge will be planted with various trees, shrubs, and forages to demonstrate a feathered edge for wildlife food and cover.