Day 5: Forest Nursery Center

We spent the morning on a guided tour of the forestry nursery and forestry center trails.

Piles of wood cut from the forest center to be used mainly for boards and paper.

The trees grown here provide habitat for various animals and promote organism diversity while also providing economic benefits such as lumber production (right). Part of the main complex is dedicated to growing pine seedlings for eventual transplant while other sections are used for experimental growth of foreign trees, observation of decomposition, and other soil and botanical phenomena. The center also functions as an educational center and public walking trail which features educational sign-age about the plant and animal communities.

While we were able to learn some new facts about the forestry industry, it was also cool to get to apply the knowledge we gained in yesterday’s classroom lecture to the forest ecosystem. Simon and Dr. McGahan dug a soil pit in the forest and allowed the class to examine some of its physical properties as well as a handful of chemical properties such as pH and chemical composition (indicated by colors). The flies and mosquitoes in the area we dug in were fierce and we were all quite ready to get our kabab lunch cooking over the open fire pit. They turned out very well and Simon also provided some Polish sausage for us to try.

Sitting on the edge of the soil pit with the auger used to collect some deeper samples.

After a short rest period, we returned to the city centre on the tram for some ice cream and coffee.

Today’s small victories:

  • We saw Frederick smile for the first time and we are determined to make him our friend.
  • Simon got to try some “American” Dr. Pepper but his life was not changed forever.
  • Finding out way back to the city centre on the tram for the first time without a guide.

 

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