3rd Annual Spring Fling


Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences “SFWS” will host the third annual Spring Fling Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at Crooked Oaks Farm in Notasulga, Ala. This event is being held to raise funding for scholarships and student support for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Crooked Oaks Farm is owned by legendary Auburn Football Coach Pat Dye and is home to Quail Hollow Gardens, a beautiful Japanese maple tree farm, and the Crooked Oaks and Auburn Oaks hunting lodges.

Saturday’s events will include live and silent auctions, demonstrations from the Southeastern Raptor Center, tours of Coach Dye’s home and gardens, special appearances, and dinner with live music and dancing. The expo and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m, live auction at 8:30 p.m. and dancing and fun until 11:30 p.m. For more information click here.



Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund establishes new scholarship at SFWS

Presentation of check for Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund/Jim Leist Memorial Endowed Scholarship


In a moving program, the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund honored the memory of longtime employee Jim Leist, with the establishment of the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund/Jim Leist Memorial Endowed Scholarship  in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.  Representatives from Weyerhaeuser and Leist’s family presented Interim Dean Graeme Lockaby with $75,000, which will establish and endow the scholarship for students interested in forestry or forest engineering. Leist, who passed away in 2014, was a 1982 graduate in forest engineering.


“We are thrilled that Weyerhaeuser has decided to partner once again with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences by supporting our students through scholarships and honoring the memory of Jim Leist,” said Heather Crozier, director of development for the School.


Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fiber products.  The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is the philanthropic arm of the company, dedicated to nourishing the communities where employees work and live. Speaking for Weyerhaeuser, Rhonda Hunter, Weyerhaeuser’s Senior Vice President for Timberlands, said that Leist’s commitment both to Auburn University and to mentoring others in the industry led to the establishment of this scholarship as an appropriate way to honor his legacy.

Regions Bank presents $200k to SFWS to support research

regions check



Summer and Fall 2015 Advising and Registration


The School of Forestry and Wildlife Academic Advising Schedule:


Advising Dates: Monday, February 9, 2015 thru Friday, April 17, 2015


Freshman & Sophomores > 2.50 and above GPA and all Juniors and Seniors:


You will be advised by SFWS Faculty Advisors.

To find your Faculty Advisor please look at your Auburn

DegreeWorks in your TIGER I and email them for an appointment.




Freshman and Sophomores 2.0 > 2.49 GPA :


Advised by SFWS Student Services Office by appointment only.

To schedule your appointment send an email to:

SFWSSSO@auburn.edu or hollalp@auburn.edu


All SFWS Students < 2.0 GPA :


Referred to the Academic Counseling and Advising Center (ACAC).

Follow the link below to get started:





Class Registration Opens March 6th!


Auburn professor warns of possible widespread water scarcity by the end of 21st century




In a recent paper led by Dr. Susan (Shufen) Pan, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, findings about evapotranspiration (ET) imply that more than half of the global land area could experience water scarcity by the end of 21st century. The research warns that in two climate change scenarios, global warming would result in large increase of surface evapotranspiration at the end of the 21st century, a measure of the amount of water lost from the land surface. The team also found that the ratio of evapotranspiration to precipitation would greatly increase across the global land area. In particular, regions like Africa would face the largest increase in evapotranspiration, a problem compounded in this area, for example, where at least 44% of the population does not currently have access to clean, reliable water supplies. From both scientific and policy perspectives, it is of critical importance to preparing for water scarcity in the 21st century as well as minimizing potential climate change impacts through alleviating greenhouse gases emissions.

To read more, please link the following websites:





Alabama Forest Owners Association 2015 Award

The Alabama Forest Owners’ Association presents an annual award to an Auburn student who is majoring in forestry and who has an interest in learning about consulting forestry in general, as well as the potential of consulting forestry as a career. For 2015 we will have 2 awards: First place award $1500 & Second place award $1000.

Application Deadline is February 15th, 2015.

View/Download application.


Summer Practicum Application Now Open

Attention Forestry and Wildlife Students!


The summer 2015 Practicum Application is now open!


Click on the link below to complete the application.




All students who plan to attend Summer Practicum – this summer 2015 must complete the application.


How do I know if I qualify?       How do I know when to apply?


Forestry Program:


Forestry students typically attend practicum between their sophomore and junior years, and must have completed the following prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2015 term:


English 1100 and 1120 (English Composition I and II)

Biology 1020 and 1130 (Principles of Biology and Organismal Biology)

Math 1130 (or above)

Statistics 2510

2.0 GPA or above


Wildlife Program:


Wildlife students typically attend practicum between their junior and senior years, and must have completed the following prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2015 term:


WILD 3280

BIOL 3060

WILD 5400

WILD 3750

At least one of the Taxon-specific elective courses.

2.0 GPA or above



Important things to keep in mind: Please read carefully!


You will be notified by email in late February/early March if you are accepted.


Mark Your Calendar! The summer 2015 Practicum Orientation will be at 5pm on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Room 2217. Attendance is mandatory.


Summer Practicum will require financial planning on your part.


You will be required to pay for room and board fees, which include your meals. Forestry students will also need to purchase forestry supplies. Payment will be due April 6th at the orientation. More information will be sent to accepted applicants in the coming weeks.


You will register for eight credit hours for summer 2015 and be responsible for the tuition.


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at sfwssso@auburn.edu


Summer 2015 Practicum Fees

Practicum Fees Must be Paid at Practicum Orientation April 6, 2015 at 5pm.

Wildlife students – 6 week Practicum  (May 11 – June 19)

Room & board (including tax) is $39.00 per day X 40         = $   1560.00

Damage deposit (refundable)                                                    = $ 150.00 **

TOTAL                                                                                             = $ 1710.00                        


Forestry students 8 week Practicum (May 11 – July 3)

Room & board (including tax) is $39.00 per day X 54         = $ 2106.00

Damage deposit (refundable)                                                  = $ 150.00 **

Equipment fees including tax:                                                 = $  350.00 ****

TOTAL                                                                                          =    $2606.00                                                                                                                                                                    

**Damage Deposit – This is a refundable damage deposit that will be returned after the conclusion of Summer Practicum after damage assessments of facilities are complete.

****Equipment Fees – The final cost of Forestry Equipment fees has not yet been determined and the fee above is an approximation only. Final cost will be a function of the retail prices at time of purchase and be provided soon.





Pan confirms new threshold for climate change mitigation

  To curb the rate of climate change and maintain ecosystem services, the increase in surface air temperature must remain below 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a recently published paper led by Shufen (Susan) Pan, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s International Center for Climate and Global Change Research and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.


Along with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the AU team (Susan Pan, Hanqin Tian, Shree Dangal, Jia Yang, Bo Tao, Chaoqun Lu, Wei Ren, etc) found that global Net Primary Productivity, which measures the ability of terrestrial systems to satisfy human demand for food, fiber, wood, and bio-fuels, would level off and begin to decline at any increase above 1.5 degrees. This is a significant finding that supports the Copenhagen Accord and has the possibility to inform global policy on climate adaptation in the future.


Previously, world experts agreed in 2009 on a goal to reduce emissions enough to keep surface air temperature changes under 2 degrees C, a benchmark supported by G-8 leaders. However, the Copenhagen Accord, which called for the US and 185 other nations to commit to various mitigation and adaptation strategies, suggested for the first time that this 2-degree goal would not be sufficient. When the Copenhagen Accord was accepted, it included provision for a review in 2015 of the need to potentially aim for this 1.5 degrees C threshold. The paper is available online at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112810.

Original Oaks Descendants to be Planted in Samford Park


Auburn University has announced Phase II of the plan to renovate Samford Park, which calls for 30 live oak trees, grown from acorns taken from the iconic Auburn Oaks 12 years ago and now 15 feet tall, to be planted along a new brick walkway that will connect Samford Hall to Toomer’s Corner.


The oaks were collected by School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences students under the director of professor Scott Enebak, as part of the Auburn Oaks seedling project that established a scholarship fund for students in the school.


“In 2002 we collected acorns for our seedlings program, and the first fifty were planted to start this orchard, with the idea that if anything happened to the trees, there would be progeny to replace them,” Enebak said. “Obviously we had no idea there would be a need so soon.”


A total of 42 of the Oaks descendants are thriving in in Auburn forest property. They have been fertilized, pruned, and otherwise stewarded for eventual transplantation, thanks to Enebak’s foresight.


According to Dan King, assistant vice president for Facilities Management in this week’s release, this plan was selected to honor the tradition of the original oaks while improving aesthetics and the pedestrian experience.


Two large live oaks will be installed on the corner in 2015, and the Auburn Oaks descendants will be transplanted in 2016.

To read the official release from Auburn University, click here.



Archmiller wins Best Poster Award


Forestry graduate student Althea Archmiller won the Best Poster Award for Division 8 (Forest Environment) at the 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. Her poster was titled \”Temporal and spatial variability of soil  carbon flux in longleaf pine forests in the southeastern United States,\” and was selected for quality of research design, presentation of data, organization and neatness of the poster.



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