Rabun Gap - Nacoochee High School

Stream Sample Collections, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
In an effort to expose the environmental science students at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School to field research in protected and wilderness areas, we initiated a stream and vegetation survey at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville, NC. Results from the water chemistry analysis will be used to compare water quality in this pristine area with itself and with the pristine streams of Coweeta.

Field Data Collections for the Sutton Branch Riparian Zone Restoration Research Project
Commencing fall of 1998, a riparian zone restoration project was undertaken on Rabun Gap school grounds. Cattle were fenced off of Sutton Branch, grasses and trees were replanted, and portions of non-native vegetation including privet and multiflora rose were thinned or removed. Scientists from Coweeta installed a research project which collected data on soil water chemistry, overland flow, and stream channel dynamics. Students from Dr. Terry Seehorn’s environmental science class collected overland flow samples on a rain event basis; data that was added into the total picture of rainfall amounts, temperature, soil chemistry and physical properties, and stream channel and bank changes. Students also collected stream samples for bacterial analysis. As of 2001, this project ended.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Coweeta Hydrologic Lab
In spring of 2003, students of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School camped for a week at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, an old growth forest located in Western North Carolina. Teams of students remeasured trees from three habitats for a study by Coweeta scientists initiated in 1995. They also collected stream samples along a gradient of the Little Santeetlah Creek watershed. These samples are collected quarterly and analyzed for nutrient content for comparison as an alternative high quality watershed to those on site at Coweeta. In the spring of 2004, students camped for a week at the Standing Indian camping area in the Nantahala National Forest, and measured tree diameters on long-term gradient plots at Coweeta Hydrologic Lab.