UT Martin students restore habitat
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 12:02 am
HABITAT RESTORATION – University of Tennessee at Martin students made quick work of planting more than 10,000 trees on 19 acres of campus farm property on Feb. 21. Under the direction of Jason Maxedon, UT?Martin alumnus who works for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, UT?Martin chapter of The Wildlife Society students and others manned tractors and tree planters to get the job done. Chris Bridges, also a UT?Martin alumnus, The Nature Conservancy/West Tennessee program director, provided the trees that had a value of $3,500. “The goal of the project is to restore part of the 80 percent of the bottomland forests that have been lost in Tennessee over the past century, while providing a critically-needed area for forest research, education and outreach on the UT Martin Field Lab,” said Dr. Eric Pelren, UT Martin professor of wildlife biology and chapter adviser. (Top Photo)Maxedon and Bridges are pictured with Kaleb Stratton, of Springfield. Among those helping with the project are, (bottom photo, from left) students, Kaleb Stratton, of Springfield, UT Martin chapter of The Wildlife Society president; and Jonathan Kelly, of Memphis.