SIU students visit LBL for Pisgah Bay Project
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 28, 2014 | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Land Between the Lakes Forester Dennis Wilson (above left) led Southern Illinois University students on an education tour of various sites around LBL earlier this month.</i>
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Land Between the Lakes Forester Dennis Wilson (above left) led Southern Illinois University students on an education tour of various sites around LBL earlier this month.

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Forestry students from Southern Illinois University learned about land and resource management from park rangers at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on Thursday, May 15.

The seminar, which lasted all morning, tied into LBL’s Pisgah Bay Project – a project to work with 5,160 acres inside LBL to return it to pre-European settlement conditions. A walking tour was available to the public last Thursday morning as well.

“The Pisgah Bay Interdisciplinary Team plans to integrate ecology, education, recreation, wildlife, heritage, and silviculture – the science of forest management – to restore the oak-hickory and Shortleaf Pine tree stands native to the area,” said LBL Forester Dennis Wilson.

Plans for the area involve the removal of non-native invasive species, and proposed actions include prescribed fire, herbicide treatment for invasive species and “timber thinning treatments” (logging). Wilson said these actions will open up the canopy and allow sunlight to reach the forest floor.

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