University of Kentucky study combines outdoor exercise with tree health observations

by Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky researchers are looking for Lexingtonians interested in improving their health while gaining a greater awareness of their natural environment for a six-week research pilot project.

The project, titled “Healthy Trees-Healthy People,” gets participants out into two Lexington parks to walk and assess the health of selected trees. During the study, they will complete a daily log of their physical activity and tree health observations on designated trails at either Kirklevington Park or Harrods Hill Park. Depending on the park, routes are just under a half-mile and a mile. Continue reading

Webinar: Weather Variability and Its Impacts on Forest Health

This webinar will discuss the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity. We will discuss short- and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests. The webinar is sponsored by the Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program.

Date and Time: This webinar is scheduled for May 15, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern. Continue reading

New forest health diagnostic resource available for Southeast

A new forest health diagnostic resource for county extension agents in the Southeast!  Dr. Jiri Hulcr (University of Florida) and Dr. Dave Coyle (Southern Regional Extension Forestry) have created the Southern Forest and Tree Health Diagnostics page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/

This group seeks to harness the collective knowledge of forest health experts throughout the Southeast to answer questions and make diagnoses from users who upload their tree health issues.  Submitting a question or issue is free and easy – users need only to upload a few cellphone pictures and give a short description of the issue.  Experts generally get back within 1-2 business days.

 

Webinar: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program

Title: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management

What will you learn? 
This webinar will cover basic biology, ecology, and management of the southern pine beetle (SPB). While the focus of the webinar will be the southeastern U.S., attention will be given to the recent encroachment of SPB into the northeastern states. learn more here… Continue reading

Webinar: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S.

Mar 29, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program

Title: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S. Continue reading

Webinar: Integrative Forest Management for Wildlife and Forest Health

This webinar will discuss forest management strategies to improve wildlife habitat in forests while maintaining productivity and health. Different methods to meet these objectives will be covered.

This webinar is scheduled for Feb 15, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern. Continue reading

The People Have Spoken: Using Forest and Firewood National Polling Data to Promote Forest Health

This webinar will discuss results from a national survey of citizen attitudes toward invasive species, firewood movement, and forest health. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the SREF Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and the Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative.

This webinar is scheduled for Jan 25, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern. Continue reading