Historic University And Global Conservation Organization Tread New Ground

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The University of the South, familiarly known as Sewanee, and The Nature Conservancy announced that the organizations are collaborating on a new forest management plan for a 13,000-acre forested landscape located within the southern Cumberland Plateau, a global hotspot for ecological diversity.

“Known as the university’s ‘Domain,’ these landholdings represent one of the first forests in the southeastern United States to undergo such an assessment when Gifford Pinchot—then head of the nascent United States Division of Forestry—visited in 1898,” said Ken Smith, Forestry Professor and Assistant Dean of the Environment.

According to Ken Smith, Pinchot enlisted Dr. Carl Schenck, a German forester and founder of the Biltmore Forest School, to develop a forest management plan. Since then, several revised plans have been completed, the last taking place in 2003.

“A lot has changed in forest management over the last decade or so,” said Trisha Johnson, TNC’s director of forest conservation in Tennessee who is helping to implement the current plan. “Our forests are facing unprecedented threats that include unchecked development, non-native pests and a rapidly changing climate.”

A primary component of the new management plan includes pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Domain. FSC represents a global “gold standard” in forest management that aims to ensure that forests remain productive while protecting local water quality, maintaining a healthy forest cover, prohibiting hazardous chemicals, respecting local communities and much more.

Accordingly, actions prescribed to manage the Domain will draw upon ecological and cultural data. The partners expect that, over the next 10 years, most of the Domain’s forests will remain intact and undisturbed. In some areas, forest management will take place, including prescribed burning and restoration of shortleaf pine habitat to benefit some wildlife species.

“The Sewanee Domain is a renowned and beloved local resource where students and faculty spend many hours working as stewards, monitors and researchers,” said Amy Turner, director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. “By working with TNC, we can design and implement a well-informed plan that improves the forest for wildlife, students, researchers and the local community who rely on the services that the forest provides.


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