The City of Auburn has once again pledged a five-to-one match for individual and corporate contributions of up to $50,000 for the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. According to the agreement, the city is providing the grant in the form of matching funds in order to encourage community engagement and support for this resource for outdoor recreation and education.
Spanning more than 120 acres, the preserve features more than five miles of trails through various habitats, educational displays and signage, a nature playground, an amphitheater and pavilion space for programs. The preserve plans to use contributions and the city’s community grant to help keep up with the maintenance and improvements needed to support its 20,000+ annual visitors.
“We are so happy to have this support from the City of Auburn leadership.” said Jennifer Lolley, outreach administrator at the preserve. “Community and regional use of the Preserve is growing as people discover this “hidden jewel” right here in our own backyard. However, the existing facilities are not sufficient to meet the demand. Priorities include building and grounds improvements, additional restroom facilities, as well as funding for part-time staff to expand educational programs. Lolley states, “With this City grant, donor contributions will be multiplied 5 to 1 in support of these much needed improvements.”
To contribute to the matching gift fund online, click here or phone Sharon Tatum, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences development coordinator, (334) 844-1983, (firstname.lastname@example.org).