Bent Creek Experimental Forest: Past, Present and Preservation

PSABC MEMBERS & GUESTS ENJOY VISIT TO FOREST HISTORY

PSABC supporters took a “talk and walk” at the historical government research site where the results have improved eastern forests in America.  Just a little west of Asheville, the Bent Creek Experimental Forest in Avery Creek played host to this informative presentation by Julia Kirschman, of the US Forest Service.  Julia also provided a  guided walk that covered the past, present and future of this important research campus.

Bent Creek Experimental Forest, established in 1925, is the oldest federal experimental forest east of the Mississippi.  Before that, this land had endured over-logging and worse before better days and practices prevailed. Today at this 6000-acre woods, U. S. Government scientists research the best ways to restore and sustain upland hardwood forests.  In 1993, the Bent Creek Campus was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. This storied place had plenty of timber for an interesting presentation.

Our speaker, Julia Kirschman, is a Forester and Technical Transfer Specialist at Bent Creek. She has served as a Wilderness Ranger, a Certified Timber Marker and Forestry Technician with the US Forest Service since 1989. Kirschman holds an Environmental Science degree from Warren Wilson College and a Masters in Forestry Resources from Clemson University. Today as a Transfer Specialist, she helps communicate research results into usable formats for both professional resource managers and the general public.

“After last year’s drought and all the regional wildfires, forest regeneration is a hot topic,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair. “Bent Creek’s research is so important – for woodlands and wildlife and their place in our world.”

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DEDICATED EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND MEMBER JEANNE WARNER FOR HER HARD WORK IN PUTTING THIS EVENT TOGETHER.

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