2014 International Wild Pig Conference to be Held April 13-16

The 2014 International Wild Pig Conference will be held April 13-16 at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Montgomery, hosted by Steve Ditchkoff and Mark Smith, faculty members at Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Led by plenary speaker Kevin Shea, Administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the conference will showcase the latest in wild pig research and management. The International Wild Pig Conference is the only forum in the world that provides federal, state, and private stakeholders a venue to discuss biological, financial, and social implications specific to wild pigs.

A new feature to the biennial event is a day-long Technical Training Session designed for newcomers that will critically examine the issues surrounding wild pigs, and then identify the best tools, techniques, management strategies, and collaborations to move forward in controlling the problem.   

For more information on how to attend, visit http://www.wildpigconference.com/.

Auburn Holds Forestry Judging Clinics

Students from all over the state were on campus recently for the FFA judging clinics. A portion of those joined SFWS faculty for training in basic forestry skills. John Kush explains more in this video, produced by radio/tv/film student Jelani Moore.

 

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve to Hold Ribbon Cutting for new Fire Circle

Fire ring at Kreher Nature Preserve

 

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 in 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 Cary Pick.

 

“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 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 to the public daily at no charge from sunrise to sunset.

 

In addition to charitable monetary contributions, the Auburn University Foundation receives gifts-in-kind such as these on the university’s behalf. For more information about making donations of this nature to benefit Auburn University or one of its specific programs, contact Auburn’s Office Development at (334) 844-7375, or visit www.develop.auburn.edu/how to learn more about the various ways of supporting Auburn University with a charitable, tax-deductible donation.

 

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to www.auburn.edu/preserve.

KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia to sponsor 5k trail run at Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve

KMMG Grant

KMMG Grant

 

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. presented a check for $5,000 to Jennifer Lolley, administrator of the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in December to sponsor their 5k Trail Run, Sunday Stroll and Tot Trot to be held at the Preserve this March.

 

Corinne Hodges, Manager of Public Relations at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., says that this partnership is an investment in one of the company’s key focus areas for corporate responsibility – the environment. She says KMMG seeks to have an impact in communities where team members live or where key dealerships in the region are located, and was seeking an opportunity in the Auburn area. She herself lives in Auburn and is familiar with the Preserve, so she contacted Lolley to see whether there would be an opportunity for KMMG to support the Preserve. Together, they selected the trail run as a good fit for an initial collaboration. This sponsorship represents the first corporate partnership for the Preserve, says Lolley. The gift from KMMG will be further leveraged in the form of the 5-to-1 matching grant previously pledged by the City of Auburn.

 

The trail run, slated to occur on March 9th at 1:30 p.m., will feature a Tot Trot and Sunday Stroll in addition to the main race. “We’re trying something different,” says Lolley. “This race is special – there aren’t a lot of runs or walks through a beautiful forest. We are hoping to attract a lot of first time participants, so we will be trying to raise awareness and visibility for the event. Our goal is to show off this beautiful property and promote fitness at the same time.”

 

Randy Jackson, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, was on hand to present the check, and said, “We’re glad we can help. Hopefully we can grow with you.”

City of Auburn Renews Support for Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve

 

For the second year, the City of Auburn has 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.

“We are happy to have this support once again 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. With this city grant, donor contributions will be multiplied by five in support of much needed improvements to support its 20,000 plus annual visitors.” Lolley said that priorities include building and grounds improvements, additional restroom facilities, as well as part-time staff to expand educational programs.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and has five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge.

Individuals, companies and organizations wishing to make financial contributions to benefit the Forest Ecology Preserve as part of this matching-funds program can visit the FEP online giving page or mail your donation to the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL 36849-5418. Charitable donations such as this, because the Auburn University Foundation receives them on the university’s behalf, are tax deductible.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to auburn.edu/preserve.

Nominations Sought for Mosley Environmental Award

 

The W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award Program is seeking nominations for the Mosley Environmental Award for Achievements in Forestry, Wildlife and Related Resources.  The Award seeks to identify outstanding voluntary efforts in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, soil, water, air, wildflowers, non-game wildlife, environmental education, conservation, and urban forestry.  Help us find the “unsung heroes” of Alabama natural resource management that deserve recognition.  Winners of the Mosley Achievement Award receive a $500 cash prize, a certificate of recognition, and a framed limited-edition reproduction of an original forestry/wildlife painting.  Almost anyone may be eligible – youths, adults, practitioners, professionals, technicians, individual citizens, groups, and organizations – if their voluntary contributions have resulted in the “wiser use of Alabama’s natural resources.”  Additional information may be found at the Mosley Award Program website at http://www.aces.edu/forestry/mosley/  including the objectives of the program, the names and accomplishments of previous winners, and further information regarding the nomination process.  Questions may also be directed to the Mosley Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at mcnabb@auburn.edu.

Gameday seminars to be held in Weagle Woods

 

As part of the gameday activities, SFWS will offer special gameday seminars outdoors in the newly designated Weagle Woods, an 11-acre forest behind the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including GIS, invasive plant species, wild pigs, and the wildland-urban interface, and will begin 3 hours before kickoff.

 

Plans to promote tailgating in this area began in spring of 2013, not long after a grant from the Auburn University Facilities Department capitalized on improvement work begun by students in 2012. As part of a long-term plan to create a walking trail with interpretive signage in the stand, facilities cleared and mulched the understory of growth that previously choked the area. Some time after this work was completed, Auburn Athletics approached Dean Jim Shepard about opening some portion of the wooded land for tailgating during football season. After a contest to suggest and then vote on names, the SFWS community selected “Weagle Woods” as the new name for this area.

 

Weagle Woods was officially announced as part of the new tailgating plan Auburn Athletics announced in June. The tailgating area, which is across from Ag Heritage Park at the corner of Lem Morrison and Donahue, will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will have portable restrooms nearby.

 

 Check out the schedule to see the upcoming topics, or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

 

 

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve Announces Results of the 2013 Membership Drive

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve (FEP) recently completed a successful membership drive, recruiting 78 new members (nearly 25% of its overall membership) and exceeding the organization’s goal of signing 50 new members during the 6-week campaign.

 

“We are extremely proud of the results of our 2013 membership drive, and we thank everyone for their participation and hard work to make this drive a success,” said FEP Outreach Administrator, Jennifer Lolley.

 

The FEP’s multi-faceted marketing and community awareness campaign sought to encourage area residents to explore the Auburn preserve and nature center. With its theme of discovery and learning; the membership drive conveyed its message to, “Join us at the Preserve, it’s yours to discover!”

 

The Preserve has become an important resource in the area for the study and enjoyment of nature and is dependent on grants and private donations for its operations. Recognizing the value of the Preserve and the need for community-wide support, the membership drive reached out to residents of Lee County and surrounding areas in an effort to increase its membership.

 

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and features five miles of hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge. Community and youth environmental education programs are regularly scheduled.

 

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, visit auburn.edu/preserve.

 

Contacts: Jennifer Lolley, Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, (334) 844-8091, (preserve@auburn.edu) or Jessica Nelson, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-9248, (jsn0002@auburn.edu)

Center for Forest Susatinability hosts local school for Water Resources Day

The Center for Forest Susatinability welcomed 170 6th grade students to campus Monday, May 20, for an outreach day centered around the theme of water, which the students had been studying.

After a welcome by the Center\’s director, Dr. Graeme Lockaby, and Outreach Director Michelle Cole, students rotated throough a series of stations that explored different aspects of water, including urban forestry, stream health, human health, landscape, wildlife, and economics.

To see photos from the event, go to http://on.fb.me/10N5wqN

LOUISE KREHER FOREST ECOLOGY PRESERVE LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE ON EARTH DAY

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, will kick off its membership drive on Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

According to Forest Ecology Preserve administrator, Jennifer Lolley, “This is an exciting time to become a member of the Preserve. We have just revamped the member program in 2012 to provide greater value for members with new benefits such as free passes to educational programs, members’ only events, as well as reciprocal admission to other nature centers. Preserve membership is a win-win for our members as well as our operations, as those funds support educational programs as well as maintenance and improvements at the Preserve.”

The membership drive will conclude with the Wolves! program on Saturday, June 8, 2013. In addition to annual membership benefits, new members who join at the $35 magnolia level during the membership drive will receive free family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) to Wolves! Admission to this program is $3.00 for current members and $4.00 for non-members.

The Preserve has become an important resource in the area for the study and enjoyment of nature and is dependent on grants and private donations for its operations. Recognizing the value of the Preserve and the need for community-wide support, the membership drive will reach out to residents of Lee County and surrounding areas in an effort to increase membership by 30 percent.

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve was established in 1993 by a gift of land from Louise Kreher Turner and Frank Allen Turner. It covers 120 acres and has five miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and a pavilion. The preserve, including the nature playground, is open daily to the public at no charge.

For more information about the Forest Ecology Preserve, go to https://fp.auburn.edu/preserve/.

Contacts: Jennifer Lolley, Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, (334) 844-8091, (preserve@auburn.edu) or Jessica Nelson, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-9248, (jsn0002@auburn.edu)

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