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Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition

November 13, 2015 in Academics, Community, Events

Hello parents! I hope everyone has been doing well. I’m sure people would agree that the weather up here has been crazy. Students have been studying and enjoying the sun. We’re two weeks into November and today is the first real snow we’ve seen. ┬áStudents have registered for broom ball teams for next semester and [...]

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A team of five forestry students won the national Society of American Forester's QuizBowl this fall.

Forestry Students Win SAF QuizBowl

November 20, 2015

Forestry terminology is no walk in the park. It’s full of taxonomy, long latin names; it deserves its own dictionary. The Society of American Foresters (SAF) gets this—and requires its student chapter officers to compete in an annual QuizBowl at their meeting. This year, the Michigan Technological University team took first place in the national competition. 

The students, all studying in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), are officers of the Student Chapter of SAF at Michigan Tech. The winning team members are Kaydi Picard, Mary Wachuta, Trevor St. John and Mitchell Beach; Devin Kohn was the team . . .

Greenhouse and soil lab manager Karena Schmidt holds one of the American chestnut seedlings.

School of Forestry Brings American Chestnut Back to the Keweenaw

November 18, 2015

Back in the late 1980s, when Terry Sharik was teaching at Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science—then called the School of Forestry and Wood Products—he discovered what he calls “one of the finest forest-grown large American chestnut trees I have ever seen.”

The tree, estimated at 60 to 70 feet in height, formed part of the upper closed-canopy forest that covered what is now the parking lot of the BHK Child Development Center in Houghton.  It was a magnificent specimen of Castanea dentata, the regal, saw-toothed American chestnut.

Sharik had seen hundreds of other American chestnuts. But they . . .