OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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APPALACHIAN REGIONAL REFORESTATION INITIATIVE


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TENNESSEE REFORESTATION RESEARCH
provided by:

University of Tennessee| Institute of Agriculture

Dr. David S. Buckley, Associate Professor
Dr. Jennifer A. Franklin, Assistant Professor
Agricultural Experiment Station
Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries

Dr. Jennifer Franklin, Assistant Professor, and Dr. David Buckley, Associate Professor, at the University of Tennessee, Agriculture Experiment Station, are currently working as a team investigating techniques for re-establishing native tree species and native ground covers on reclaimed contour mine sites in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.

By combining their expertise in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant ecology, and regeneration silviculture, Dr. Franklin and Dr. Buckley are interested in revealing mechanisms underlying the growth and survival of outplanted tree seedlings, including positive and negative interactions between planted trees, native ground cover species and wildlife. Relationships between measured light, soil moisture, soil physical and chemical properties, natural adaptations of trees, and growth and survival of re-established native trees are of particular interest.

Additional interests include investigating the use of high-quality tree seedlings grown from local seed sources to expedite the recovery of the forests that once occupied these sites, and monitoring levels of below-ground production of roots and of root function achieved with different mixtures of native trees and herbs.

For more information about surface mine reforestation research in Tennessee, please contact:

Dr. David Buckley
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee
Agriculture Experiment Station
Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries  
274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Telephone: (865) 974-7978
E-mail: dbuckley@utk.edu
UT Bio: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/dbuckley.htm


Dr. Jennifer Franklin
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee
Agriculture Experiment Station
Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4563
Telephone: (865)974-2724
E-mail:jafranklin@utk.edu
UT Bio: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/jfranklin.htm

Note: The question was raised at a recent ARRI Core and Science team joint meeting as to whether trees that grow more quickly, such as those growing on low-compaction mine spoil, produce wood of lower quality. In response to that question, UT's Jennifer Franklin and her colleague Adam Taylor in UT's forest products extension addressed the issue and generated an extension publication titled "Are fast-grown trees of low quality?" The link to the publication is given below. The short answer is that fast grown trees do NOT produce lower quality timber.

This new Web-only publication is available on UT's Extension publications website, listed under Forestry, Trees and Timber, at https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W253.pdf

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