Monthly e-news for alumni, students, and friends of the department
May 2020
COVID-19 and Its Impact to the Department
Hello, to all our forestry friends and alumni. I hope that everyone is doing well during this challenging time. Of course the coronavirus hit universities particularly hard and UK is no exception. In the middle of the semester UK sent all the students home and switched to online classes. We were in the middle of our spring field classes (for old-timers, summer camp) and had to finish on-line. We will be installing a fall semester forest operations course to provide the students with some of the hands-on that they missed this spring. See “Spring Field Semester 2020” below to see what spring camp students did before and after covid-19 hit. Also, our seniors conducted their capstone presentations virtually and all went well. However, we are very disappointed that the seniors will not get a recognition dinner and traditional graduation ceremony. If possible, we are going to attempt to provide a recognition event at the appropriate time. See the short video of the senior class in “UK Forestry Seniors”.
As I write this, we just finished submitting a budget revision trimming 9.5% from our state budget. While this may seem small to many, there is very little in our budget that is not spoken for in salaries, graduate student stipends, and other critical allocations. We will lose, at the minimum, one faculty line that was open when the virus hit. There will be other repercussions as well. Stay tuned and let’s hope we get through this with our ability to address all of our mission areas, instruction, research and extension. Thank you for your continued interest and engagement with our (your) department.

Jeff Stringer, Chair
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources 
Congratulations Graduates
Congratulations to our B.S. in Forestry and M.S. in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences students that are graduating in 2020!
UK Forestry Seniors
View a slide sh ow video of our 2020 UK Forestry Seniors during their time in our forestry program. View video .
Spring Field Semester 2020
Our juniors had a different field semester this year due to moving classes online. Check out what they did this semester in a week-by-week summary by the students. View week-by-week summary .
From the Woods Today - Weekly Live Show
The Forestry and Natural Resources Extension team is offering relevant information about woodlands and wildlife in a weekly, live video format: “From the Woods Today,” each Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT using Zoom. The weekly show features video segments and expert guests on timely forestry and wildlife topics.

For the link to the live sessions and recorded shows visit: .
2020 Alumni-Student Fall Picnic - Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
Pencil in the date for the annual 2020 Alumni-Student Fall Picnic. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. Learn more .
Do you know someone interested in majoring in Forestry? High school students can learn more about our Forestry program by scheduling a virtual visit at
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