Here’s the buzz on Australian Bees

Here’s the buzz on Australian Bees

This year the U.S. will conduct a census to count our residents. While we’re doing that, the Aussies will be counting bees. They’re trying to identify the good Australian bees and bad ones to get a handle on populations and a head start to manage them. Read more...
Burning Questions: Forest Management and Fire

Burning Questions: Forest Management and Fire

Carr Fire 2018, Bureau of Land Management California Image. Pictures and videos of large-scale fires are scary to look at and watch; seeing, feeling and hearing a real forest fire is much much scarier. At Coal Creek Farm in East Tennessee, we burn about 500 acres of...
Expand protection for Tennessee’s rivers

Expand protection for Tennessee’s rivers

Ecotourism—including hobbies such as paddling, biking, hiking, and birdwatching—brings sustainable jobs and commerce to the region. This year is the 50th anniversary of The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This is the perfect moment to build on the successes of the past…

NON-NATIVE VS. INVASIVE:  GOOD, BAD OR OTHERWISE?

NON-NATIVE VS. INVASIVE: GOOD, BAD OR OTHERWISE?

I am currently fascinated by the concept of non-native and invasive species. When are non-natives bad? Always or sometimes? Invasive species are always bad. But sometimes non-natives can be good for you. Take the plant, Mullein, for example. It doesn’t belong in East...
Wild American Ginseng and the Chinese Doctor

Wild American Ginseng and the Chinese Doctor

Dr. Iris Gao has moved from mainland China to Middle State Tennessee University in order to study Wild American ginseng. It just so happens that we have a lot of the root at Coal Creek farm in Eastern Tennessee. Dr. Gao visited recently with her colleague Dr. Elliot...
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