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News - August 2021

 Development could enhance local community asset while also benefiting Warnell School students and promoting conservation   The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is exploring a new development at Lake Blackshear in Lee County that will promote conservation efforts and recreational opportunities while also benefiting UGA students.  The project, proposed for up to 500 acres of a 2,500-acre…
 Seventy years ago, it was a call to arms. The cold war was swirling, and the focus was on building up our defenses. Trees, it seemed, played a role in this effort. “Certainly, throughout this effort to re-arm and to mobilize to meet the threat of aggression, our forests will be called upon to do their part,” read the introduction to the first-ever meeting of southern forest geneticists on Jan. 9, 1951, in Atlanta. “Our forest planting must…
For generations, gray foxes have been part of the Southeastern landscape. They, along with red foxes, are among the carnivores that dine on a range of smaller animals, plants and berries. But a new study published by researchers from the University of Georgia suggests competition for food from coyotes—a relative newcomer to the Southeast—may be putting pressure on foxes, particularly the gray fox. “Gray fox populations, especially in the…
Georgia’s coastal marshes could help create a template to combat greenhouse gases   Sink your hand into a pile of marsh mud and you’ll find an array of plant material, nutrients and minerals. The colors you see can change depending on the soil and where you found it. It’s these color changes that form the basis of a new project launched by scientists at the University of Georgia. By using a specially made sensor to detect color variations…
Let’s take hurricanes, for example. We don’t know the exact paths they’ll take to crisscross the Southeast each year, but we can make an educated guess. To do this, we’ll need a few things. Start with gathering the ages of the trees, the content of the soil, maybe even additional vegetation growing there. We can also get meteorological data for the region and detailed satellite images containing millions of pixels of data— even information from…
At 5:30 a.m., the forest is dark and quiet. Off in the distance, you can hear the rushing of a stream. Looking up, the leaves are barely visible against the slowly brightening sky. Stand still and you can begin to hear the murmur of the birds. Their chatter starts slow, but soon the sky has turned a medium gray and their noises have cascaded up the mountain, surrounding you in a wave of song. That means it’s time to go see what’s out there. This…
Professor Jack May was a man of his word, with a strong desire to connect people with education. “He really saw education as the answer—everybody deserves it,” says Marianne Causey, one of the former Warnell professor’s eight children. “And, they deserve equal and good education. And I appreciate that.” His students in the 1960s and ’70s, when Jack taught silviculture and soils in the forestry school, might have grumbled about his dedication to…
Alumni Spotlight   For Cade Warner, forestry and family are synonymous. “I grew up around foresters and around timberland and admired both. Forestry holds a special place in my heart,” said Warner, whose family has managed The Westervelt Company for almost 140 years. “We’re a family company and we operate like a family. We have a responsibility to take care of all our stakeholders–employees, customers, suppliers, community, environment and…
Alumni Spotlight   It all started with an undergraduate science class. Conservation biology, to be specific. At the time, Karen Waldrop was working toward her associate degree at Florida State University when her professor said something to the class that would change the course of her education and her career. “It was at the end of the semester, and the professor said, ‘By the way, there are universities near here where you can major in…
Alumni Spotlight   During his senior year at Warnell—that time when you’re itching to get out on your own and get some real-world experience—a professor made Tim Lowrimore pause. Dr. Warren Flick’s forest policy class lit a spark that slowly burned inside that newly minted forester. As Lowrimore found his footing in his career, that spark continued to drive him forward. Policy and personal relationships were where he found his footing,…

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