Monthly e-news for alumni, students, and friends of the department
June 2018
Danny Koon Featured in the Ag Magazine
Danny Koon, UK Forestry graduate, is featured in the Spring issue of the Ag Magazine. Danny’s generous support of our program has provided valuable scholarships for our forestry students. Read More
Summer Jobs
This summer our students are working across the U.S. and the globe to gain hands-on experience in forestry and related fields. These summer jobs provide valuable experience and help prepare our students to be successful forestry professionals. Over the next two issues of E-news we will highlight a few of our students at their summer jobs.

If you have jobs available for next summer that you would like to share with our students, contact Laura Lhotka ( ). She can share the job opportunities with our students and post the information to our online job board .
Steven Bloom
Fiber supply summer intern at International Paper in Mansfield, Louisiana
I will be working on an independent project to help the mill determine the density of the chip piles that they use to create the paper. These values are important for the mill so they know exactly how much wood they are consuming and how much they are spending to create the paper. Along with this project I will be shadowing experts in certain fields here at the office, and going with them on trips to different mills and wood procurement sites.
Michael Branscum
Forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service in Happy Jack, Arizona
I was hired by the United States Forest Service as a Forestry Technician to aide in: marking timber, cruising timber, and using GPS to delineate harvest boundaries. This summer I have experienced a new ecosystem and am learning more about forestry from different professionals. Thanks to UK I am able to directly apply what I have learned in class to a real world setting.
Lena Caisley
Division forester intern with Molpus Woodland Group in Bay Minette, Alabama
(Internship supported by the Teachers' Retirement System in Kentucky)
This summer I have assisted Division Foresters in managing timberland across three different states: Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Management includes writing silviculture plans, inspecting herbicide and fertilization applications, setting out survival plots for stands just planted, and putting together timber sales for stands ready to be harvested.
Kiernan Comer
Outdoor living skills intern at the North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle, Kentucky
As an Outdoor Living Skills Intern I guide campers through activities that inspire respect and comfort in the outdoors. These lessons are taught through natural and synthetic shelter-building, primitive fire-making, and wilderness navigation. Likewise, I work with my coworkers to teach campers social, athletic, and creative skills that will help them to navigate through life.
Hannah Hollowell
Research intern with the UK Forest Health Center in Lexington, Kentucky
This summer I am working for Dr. Ellen Crocker through the Forest Health Center here at the University of Kentucky. The work that I am doing this summer involves multiple responsibilities, such as typing up information pages on forest health threats as a resource for landowners on the Forest Health Center website and helping with some local outreach events in Lexington. I have also had the opportunity to start an independent project investigating the hypoxylon ( Biscogniauxia) fungus that is prevalent in Kentucky and affects many oaks and other tree species in both woodland and urban areas. Through working with the Forest Health Center, I have learned about many forest health issues and the steps being taken to address these threats, and have been given the opportunity to be a part of helping landowners promote healthy trees on their own land.
Graduate Student Highlight - Rafael Freitas
Rafael Freitas is a first-year M.S. student from Viçosa, MG, Brazil, working with Dr. Marco Contreras. Rafael did his undergraduate work at the Federal University of Viçosa, majoring in Forest Engineering. As an undergrad, he conducted research on the physical properties of Oriented Strand Board panels used for acoustic conditioning. His M.S. thesis research is focused on applying a new technology on productivity studies of timber harvesting operations in Kentucky, providing data that are still unknown about these operations in the state. Professionally, he would like to continue working on improvement of productivity of harvesting, reducing its cost and the impact on environment.
Forestry Alumni We Need Your Help
We need help locating some of our forestry alumni. If you are in touch with any of your classmates, can you check to see if they are receiving our E-News? We would like to keep our alumni up to date on our activities and upcoming events such as the Forestry Alumni Weekend Bash . If you know of alumni or friends/supporters that would like to receive the E-News, email Laura Lhotka ( ). They can also sign up online to receive the E-News.
Upcoming Events
September 28, 2018
October 13-14, 2018
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