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Is Forest Restoration the New Frontier?

Is forest restoration the new frontier? If you ask any of the stewards painstakingly removing harmful invasive species from our beautiful, diverse ecosystems here at Bernheim, the answer is yes. Invasive species aren’t an established contributor in our local environs, meaning that our native species may not be adapted to make use of them or […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: A Meditative Morning

“Mornings are my favorite time of day, but it’s a shame they only last til noon,” my friend Joyce Fry announced a few years ago during a shared morning hike. Being one of the lucky ones who sleeps soundly and wakes up early, refreshed by the mysterious and restorative  power of a good night’s rest, […]

A Morning at the Quail Barn

As some may know, Bernheim is working on a quail restoration project to reintroduce quail into natural areas of Kentucky. Although quail are not officially considered threatened or endangered, the population of this bird has rapidly declined in the area due to destruction of its natural habitat. For the past 5 years, Ronnie Moore, Natural Areas Manager […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

While beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are often prominent shade tolerant trees found in moist hardwood sections of Bernheim, they seem to be proliferating even in some dried upland areas of the forest these days. Beech trees are easy to identify by their gray bark, which is usually silky smooth but occasionally very wrinkled to resemble an […]

Net Zero Water

Portion of geological map of the Shepherdsville quadrangle, Billitt County, Kentucky, showing the formation layers expected at the drill site. Day one, hour one of my food works internship at Bernheim put me right in the thick of one of the main objectives of my time here, helping assemble documentation for certification of the Edible […]

Meet Bernheim’s Garden Dragon

Willow is a pliable, beautiful wood, making it great for sculptural pieces (like former Sited@Bernheim sculpture, Snake Hollow).  Horticulturalist, James Moody and Edible Gardener, Cole Alexander know the material very well. On July 2, they spent a drizzly afternoon pushing a pile of willow branches past their limits and into something thrilling and lovely! What […]

Revitalization of the Aquarium and Terrarium (Part 1)

  If you visited Bernheim in the past, you might have experienced the excitement of the aquarium and terrarium located inside the Visitors Center. Before starting as an education intern, I visited Bernheim often and always looked forward to watching the fish swim around in the aquarium and the toad hop about in the terrarium. The […]

Fragrant Future: A Lunch with Cathleen Faubert

Cathleen Faubert is a recent addition to the Artist in Residence program, and has been featured both on Bernheim’s website and in the Summer 2015 edition of the forest echo. Bernheim Exeutive Director, Mark Wourms, PhD, Martha Slaughter, Visual Arts Coordinator, Claude Stephens, Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design, and intern, Ann Hageman recently stopped by […]