Lilly Cornett Woods: by George Terrizzi

When the weather gets hot and muggy most people are hiding out indoors in the comforts of their air-conditioning; however if you brave the heat there are spectacular things to see. In EKU’s Lilly Cornett Woods, a natural area in Letcher County, there are a few privileged employees who get to enjoy what nature has to offer in a old growth forest which is supposed to have never been altered by human activity. A trio of women is conducting a 40-year-old research project measuring the growth patterns of some of the trees in the forest and I was able to join them for a look at what the old growth forest has to offer. For more information on Lilly Cornett please visit

A biological growth on a tree
Tree bark with growth on it.
Mushrooms grow undisturbed
Mushrooms, not disturbed ever, are documented for the first time.
A preview of what the old Appalachian woods would have looked like
Students perform an analysis on a tree
Rarely seen flowers grow from underneath the forest
Fungi grow on a tree
More mushroom grow from the base of trees.
A tree grows a rarely seen biome.

Published on July 22, 2011

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