Author Archives: Jewel Lipps

Get Your Feet Wet

If you please recall my first post, the Great Trinity Forest is a bottomland hardwood forest. That’s a fancy term for river swamp. But I didn’t really know what it meant until I experienced it for myself. On May 13, I … Continue reading

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Tree Detectives

  The month of May felt like a whirlwind! During the last two weeks of school, including finals week, I spent about twenty hours in the forest. I now have data for 26 plots, which covers 2600 square meters of … Continue reading

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Wildflower Season

Lately it seems like my entire life is about trees. I have been going to the Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) two to three times each week since Spring Break. When I’m not there, I spend a lot of time … Continue reading

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Mysteries of the Forest

If I could be a little presumptuous, I would award Shannon and myself ribbons for being dauntless. The forest is lovely, yes, but it’s also wild. We’ve encountered a pack of feral hogs, thickets of thorns, poison ivy, bugs, and … Continue reading

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Tree Hugging

Essentially, my job is to hug trees. I love it! In the video I show what I do for my research. I repeat this for hundreds of trees! Finding the tree’s diameter at breast height (DBH) is a standard, important … Continue reading

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Trail Blazing

Let’s make something clear- the Trinity River Audubon Center has a lot of forest land. To give you an idea, I’ll tell you a little about my experience designing my project. I spent months on background research, just reading forestry … Continue reading

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Finding the Forest in the City

First, you need to leave Southern Methodist University. Drive south on North Central Expressway. Pass downtown Dallas. Merge onto Interstate 45 and soon you’ll see bright green treetops on both sides of the highway. Take Exit 179 to travel east … Continue reading

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