ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Faculty and students from Nanjing Forestry University in China got an up-close look at ongoing research in the Southern forests from SRS researchers, National Forest staff and faculty from the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University.
Their first stop was on the Bankhead National Forest where the group went on a field tour of a long-term thinning and prescribed burning study. Callie Schweitzer, research forester, located in Huntsville, AL led the tour. AAMU graduate student Iwo Gross presented an overview of his research on reptiles and their response to various treatments. He had several large snakes and a few turtles available for the Chinese visitors to view and photograph.
The group also traveled to Coweeta Hydrological Lab and Bent Creek Experimental Forest, two of the oldest experimental forests maintained by the Southern Research Station. Coweeta’s research emphasis is on watershed management; and measurements of rainfall, streamflow, climate, and forest growth. Bent Creek’s research on fire, insects, diseases, timber, wildlife, and water is being applied all over the Southern Appalachians.
The group led by Dr. Kozma Naka, associate professor, AAMU College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences, ended their tour in Washington, DC.