On Wednesday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m., a ribbon cutting will be held for the new fire circle at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Representatives from Auburn University’s School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, the City of Auburn and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce will join staff for the “ribbon cutting” and inaugural lighting.
The fire circle includes an attractive seating area comprised of large-scale boulders and a professionally designed and constructed stone-built fire ring with improved ground cover for safety. Located near the amphitheater, the fire circle was built as an amenity to improve the visitor experience during outdoor programs during the colder months.
The fire circle was completed with the help of in-kind donations from several local businesses and individuals, including Creative Habitats, The Backyard, M&M Trucking, and Mr. Charles Carey Pick. Fifteen Auburn University student volunteers assisted with landscaping.
“Creative Habitats is always excited to have an opportunity to support what we are passionate about – education and the preservation of nature. We are thankful for the opportunity to help the preserve,” said Corey O’Steen, owner of Creative Habitats, which provided coordination and design services for the fire circle.
Sharon Tatum, development coordinator at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, coordinated the in-kind donations. ““We are so grateful these local businesses were able to work together to improve this wonderful resource for the enjoyment of our community.”
The fire circle will be a central part of the upcoming “S’more Fun with Mom” on May 9, which is co-sponsored with the City of Auburn and is Auburn’s first and only mother/son special event. Registration for this event will open on March 31.
The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. The 120-acre property features five miles of hiking trails, amphitheater, pavilion and nature playground. The preserve offers ample parking, restrooms and drinking fountains and is open daily to the public at no charge from sunrise to sunset. The preserve is located on North College Street, just north of the Auburn University Fisheries.
For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to www.auburn.edu/preserve.