Student Research Opportunities Program
• The Berea College Forest was started in 1898 when Silas C. Mason purchased the first tract of forest land.
• The land that was acquired was not ideal forest land, often having soil erosion and other problems due to previous overgrazing or over-farming, poor logging habits, and general neglect.
• Mason’s main goals for the forest were to provide timber, educational opportunities, recreation, and water production for the college and surrounding areas.
Smith, Hinzee and Stevens, Forrest PhD, "Management of the Berea College Forest: Changes Over the Past Century" (2021). Undergraduate Research Events. 24.