City of Auburn pledges matching funds for contributions to Forest Ecology Preserve

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – 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 to encourage community engagement and support for this resource for outdoor recreation and education.

“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. With this city grant, donor contributions will be multiplied by five in support of these much-needed improvements.”

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.

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. Lolley said that priorities include building and grounds improvements, additional restroom facilities, as well as part-time staff to expand educational programs.

Individuals, companies and organizations wishing to make financial donations to benefit the Forest Ecology Preserve as part of this matching-funds program can give online, or through the other ways of giving to Auburn University. Charitable donations such as this, because the Auburn University Foundation receives them on the university’s behalf, are tax deductible.

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(Contributed by Jessica Nelson.)

Contact: Jessica Nelson, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-9248 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (