May 4, 2021 | By: Carol Lea Spence

LEXINGTON, Ky., — This month, “From the Woods Today” is going to look at some of the “intree-ging” stories trees tell. The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension’s weekly webcast offers relevant and interesting information about woodlands and wildlife each Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT.

The program streams on Zoom, Facebook Live and where podcasts are available. Hosts Billy Thomas and Reneé Williams, UK extension forester and information specialist, respectively, welcome UK specialists who share their knowledge of Kentucky’s forests and the creatures that call them home.

May’s episodes include:

May 5: Assistant Professor Jacob Muller will introduce a new video segment called InTreegued, which focuses on what makes forests special to people and why they are dedicated to being good stewards. Ellen Crocker, assistant extension professor of forest health, will continue sharing information about pesky plants.

May 12: Doug McLaren, retired extension forester, will talk about the stories trees tell through their growth rings, and forest health technician Megan Buland will highlight those luscious earthy finds on the forest floor: mushrooms. Reptiles are stirring in the warming weather, so Matt Springer, assistant professor of wildlife, with Steven Price, associate professor of stream and riparian ecology, will discuss how to identify snakes.

May 19: Springer and research team members will discuss the details of the elk survival and reproduction research project the UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is doing in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Crocker will talk about honeysuckle leaf blight.

May 26: Nic Williamson will share information about the Urban Forest Initiative toolkit.

All episodes include the Tree of the Week segment.

The link to the Zoom sessions, a list of topics and archived episodes are available at Participants will receive a prompt to install Zoom, if they haven’t already done it. When asked for an identification number, sign in as a guest. Anyone can join a session, regardless of their location. The episodes are also available on Facebook Live at

The UK Cooperative Extension Service is part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With its land-grant partner, Kentucky State University, UK Cooperative Extension brings the university to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance to all Kentuckians.

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