Tour #16 – Forestry/Wildlife Management & the Historical University of the South

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On this exciting tour atop the southern portion of the Cumberland Plateau, you will visit the Sewanee University Demonstration Forest, where students and faculty can engage in research projects and active forest management. Those activities include biological experiments and archaeological digs. They also include timber harvests, prescribed fires, and wildlife habitat manipulations. Here participants will learn more about how this extremely hardwood dominant forest is being managed for timber stand improvement and wildlife habitat. Next, the tour will shift gears and enter the scenic and historical campus of the University of the South, a liberal arts school known as “Sewanee”. This beautiful private institution was founded in 1857 and boasts some of the most remarkable and architecturally sound buildings of any campus of its size. Here you will have a farm fresh lunch with time to explore the scenery on campus through a guided walking tour. Lastly, participants will take a very short walk out to Natural Bridge. This natural area is operated by Tennessee State Parks and is located in Franklin County. Natural Bridge is a 25 feet high natural sandstone arch with a span of 50 feet that provides a scenic overlook of Lost Cove.

ADVISEMENT: This tour may require walking long distances between stops, and comfortable tennis shoes or hiking boots are recommended.