Citizen Science Opportunity
By Yvonne Helton, Silviculturist
Do you want to be a part of an official Citizen Science project with Land Between the Lakes?
Join me as I take volunteers into Fox Hollow to collect “Common Stand Exam” data. We will use the information you gather to evaluate the tree stands to determine what tree types, ages, and conditions exist in the Fox Hollow area.
Fox Hollow area sits between Forest Service Roads 219 and 220 just north of Brandon Spring Group Center in the Tennessee portion of our national recreation area. You can find maps, photos and additional information about our collaborative effort to determine needs on our official website at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/fox-hollow-collaborative-effort/.
Now for the top 3 reasons you want to join me for this forestry field work.
3. You want to be a part of something great. Volunteering with the Friends of Land Between the Lakes supports our mission to provide outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities that help draw visitors to our region.
2. You have an interest in the science of forestry and a curiosity of how the Forest Service cares for the land while serving people.
And the number one reason is…
You’ll be using Cool Tools.
You will look through a prism and determine if a tree is in or outside the research plot.
The tree shown here is “in the plot” because the section of tree seen through the prism touches the sections above and below the prism.
This is a picture looking through a prism that shows the tree is “out” of the plot. The tree is “out” because the section of tree in the prism does not touch the sections above and below the prism.
You’ll use a diameter tape to measure the Diameter at Breast Height of a tree. We shorten this to DBH. We measure “breast height” or DBH at 4.6 feet on the uphill side of a tree.
We will be using a clinometer to measure the height of trees. We will also use it to measure the percent slope of the ground. All these numbers may seem a little confusing now. Once you use a clinometer, you’ll understand better what the numbers mean.
This handy tool, the increment borer, allows us to age the tree since size can be deceiving. You will “bore” into the tree to pull out a sample. With that sample, we will show you how to count the rings to determine the age.
How do I sign up?
Call our group reservationist, Kimberly, at 270-924-2020. Please give her your name, phone number and email address. When we determine the exact times and days, we will email you with the information and you can call Kimberly back or respond to the email.
At this time we anticipate three dates for these field trips. If more people want to participate in this citizen science excursion, we may add additional days and plots. We hope to see you there.