RMR-081: American Chestnut Restoration – A Preview with Ben Jarrett

American Chestnut Restoration – A Preview with Ben Jarrett

The once mighty chestnut is getting a helping hand from The American Chestnut Foundation. Ben Jarrett will present Restoration of American Chestnut: A Marriage of Breeding and Biotechnology.

 

Click on the player above to Listen to a preview with Ben Jarrett

Ben’s presentation will be at the Winter Naturalists’ Rally, February 17, 2018, at Roan Mountain State Park.
The Rally is sponsored by the Friends of Roan Mountain.
For more information and to register online go to www.friendsofroanmtn.org

LINKS:

American Chestnut Foundation

Winter Naturalists’ Rally brochure

ONLINE Registration for the Winter Rally

 

RMR-080: Grassy Balds Management – a Preview with Sarah Sanford

Grassy Balds Management in the Roan Highlands. A historical look at the management efforts with a Geographic Information System (GIS). 

Sarah will discuss the history of some of the Grassy Balds Management. Specifically the efforts over the past 30 years of maintaining the grassy balds.

She will also include ground-truthing information too!

Sarah Sanford has been very generous to share her presentation slides and an interactive map with us online. Be sure to see the links below.

And, CLICK on the PLAYER ABOVE to hear a preview with Sarah. 

Sarah’s presentation will be during lunch at the Rally. Be sure to register early if you want the lunch catered. That deadline is Tuesday, February 13.

You can still register for the rally at the door on Saturday, February 17. Just bring a picnic with you.

LINKS:

“Grassy Balds Management” – Sarah’s presentation slides and interactive maps.

Winter Naturalists Rally brochure and registration

Online Registration for the Winter Naturalists’ Rally

Friends of Roan Mountain

RMR-079: Old Growth Grasslands, a preview with Dr. Dwayne Estes

Old-Growth-Grasslands on Round Bald

I was stunned to learn a new term: Old Growth Grasslands.

Are you stunned too?  I have never heard that term before. It is so descriptive of the balds. I will think that with each step on the trail on the Roan Mountain Highlands.

Dr. Dwayne Estes will present The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century, at the Winter Naturalists’ Rally on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Rally is sponsored by your Friends of Roan Mountain and will be held at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.

Dwayne is a professor of biology at Austin Peay State University and the director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. 

CLICK on the PLAYER ABOVE to listen to a preview with Dwayne.

If you are as intrigued as I am, go to the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and learn more.

Dwayne’s presentation will be Saturday morning, February 17, 2018, at Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. The Rally is sponsored by the Friends of Roan Mountain. For more information and to register online go to www.friendsofroanmtn.org

LINKS:

Winter Naturalists’ Rally brochure 

Online Registration for the Winter Rally

Southeastern Grasslands Initiative

 

RMR-078: The Mystery of the Missing Shortleaf Pine – A preview of the Winter Naturalists Rally with Lisa Huff

RMR-078: The Mystery of the Missing Shortleaf Pine – Some Answers at the Winter Naturalists’ Rally

short-leaf pines

image from the USDA Southern Research Station

Tennessee State Natural Areas Program Stewardship Ecologist, Lisa JHuff, will present The Mystery of the Missing Shortleaf Pine.

This tree used to be found in the southern forests. The disappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed.

CLICK on the Player above to listen to a preview with Lisa.

You can join us by the big fireplace at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center for Lisa’s presentation at the Winter Naturalists’ Rally, on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Rally is sponsored by your Friends of Roan Mountain.

For more information and to register online go to www.friendsofroanmtn.org

LINKS:

Winter Naturalists’ Rally brochure 

Online Registration for the Winter Rally

RMR-077: Ranger Marty Silver at the 55th Annual Fall Naturalists’ Rally – Sept. 9, 2017

Ranger Marty Silver at the 55th Annual Fall Naturalists’ Rally – Sept. 9, 2017Ranger Marty Silver - photo by Erin Carder Photography

This is going to be your day if you are a fan of Marty Silver Ranger 

You will get the 3-peat: 

12:00 p.m. – Ranger Marty’s Nature Photography slideshow in the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.  

1:30 p.m.- Ranger Marty will lead you on a Wildlife Tracking hike.

7:30 p.m.-  RangerMarty will present Birds of Prey for your after dinner enjoyment.

 

LINKS:

Fall Naturalists’ Rally – schedule and registration brochure

Easy Online Registration

Friends of Roan Mountain