2018 Mixed Oak-Hickory Session

2018 Mixed Oak-Hickory Session

Agenda, Presentations (below) and Class Picture

Sturbridge Host on Cedar Lake Hotel and Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA

To learn more about our instructors, click on their names.

Thursday, July 12, 2108

Welcome, institute overview including NASP, and introductions—Bob Cooke, Karen Bennett, Charlie Levesque

Mixed oak-hickory history, silvics and stand dynamicsMark Ashton and Jeff Ward

Forest health including identification and management of insects and diseases and impacts of natural disturbancesIsabel Munck

Acorn abundance patterns and their implications for wildlife and other wildlife considerationsScott Williams and Michael Gregonis

Some economic and logistical considerations for timber management in a parcelized landscapeTom Worthley

Mixed oak-hickory silvicultural systemsMark Ashton and Jeff Ward

Small group activity: Mixed Oak-Hickory: Developing silvicultural prescriptions on different sites.

Friday, July 13, 2018, Field trip to Yale-Myers Forest, Eastford CT

Field trip leaders: Mark Ashton, Michael GregonisIsabel Munck Jeff Ward, Scott Williams, Jessica Wikle, and Tom Worthley

Required video

Click on link below. It takes you to the Institute Online page.  Click on “overview session videos”.  If you have not accessed the Silviculture Institute online material, you will have to create a free Vimeo account.  Once you have done that, find the 2nd video entitled “Silvicultural Review: Back to Basics” and click on “Rent $4.95” and then on the next page click on “Apply promo code” and enter “Overview”.  If you do this, the video is free to watch.

Silvicultural Review: Back to Basics, Dr. Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont

Required Readings

Please read these in advance of attending the session. Bring copies of readings for reference. Copies won’t be provided at module session:

Suggested Readings

Developing silvicultural prescriptions on different sites assignment

The goal of this assignment is to apply the knowledge gained through today’s presentations and your previous experience to develop silvicultural strategies for mixed oak-hickory forests based on their topographical position on the landscape.

Form a small group and discuss the questions on this worksheet: Assignment for Mixed Oak-Hickory: Developing silvicultural prescriptions on different sites. Fill out and submit one group worksheet  (see “Upload your assignment” below) by Friday morning before the session begins. When naming the file, use at least one last name of a person in your group.

Upload your assignment here


  • July 12: 7.5 SAF category 1 CFE and 3.0 CT CEUs
  • July 13: 7.5 SAF category 1 CFE credits and 3.0 CT CEUs
  • Certificates of attendance will be distributed at the end of day two.