Setting Sail: Berea Forestry Logs White Oak Trees for Ship Restoration

Berea College foresters riding horses on a trail in the forest

(Photo: Taylor Six, The Richmond Register)

Guest post by Taylor Six, The Richmond Register

A writer, photographer, a history professor and tree-logger from all across the nation were brought to the small town of Berea Thursday afternoon for their one shared similarity in the interests of John Steinbeck and the restoration of The Western Flyer.

The Western Flyer, known as “most famous fishing vessel ever to have sailed,” was made famous with the sailing of the author Steinbeck, along with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, in their 1940 journey to the Gulf of California, which helped accumulate the notes for their 1951 book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.”

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Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Man operating logging equipment using two horses

Wendell Berry among Featured Speakers

Berea College will host a horse-logging conference at its Forestry Outreach Center October 29 through November 3. To culminate the week-long event, the public is invited to a free day of demonstrations and presentations on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Speakers include noted Kentucky author and sustainable forestry advocate Wendell Berry. The event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center on Highway 21, just east of Berea. Continue reading Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Construction Begins On Outreach Center At Berea College Forest

Rendering of Berea Forest Outreach Center

Rendering of Berea Forest Outreach Center

Officials at Berea College announced that construction is set to begin this week on a Forest Outreach Center at the Indian Fort Trail and Forest.

Berea’s Forest Outreach Center will introduce visitors to the history of the College Forest and the mission of Berea College. With approximately 5,000 square feet, the building will include space to provide a curated description of the College Forest; a multi-purpose space that could be used as either a classroom or conference room for up to 80 people; a warming kitchen; public and private restrooms; and offices for the College Forestry Department staff. Continue reading Construction Begins On Outreach Center At Berea College Forest