AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A newly released series of reports demonstrates the dominant and, in many cases, indispensable role the agriculture and forestry sector plays in the economic fortunes of Alabama’s 67 counties.
The reports, collectively titled the Economic Impacts of Alabama’s Agriculture, Forestry and Related Industries, are the result of a collaborative effort of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and other businesses and organizations. It is a compilation of agricultural and forestry economic data collected from all of Alabama’s 67 counties.
The comprehensive county-level data is available online: http://www.AlabamaAgImpact.com.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – STIHL TIMBERSPORTS is bringing its Collegiate Southern Qualifier and Professional Series regional qualifying event to Auburn March 15 as part of the 56th Annual Southern Forestry Conclave hosted by Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.
Fourteen college students from across the Southeast will compete in events based on traditional logging skills, such as wood chopping and sawing, with the winner earning a spot in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship in June in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Agriculture and forestry contribute $70.4 billion annually to Alabama’s economy and account for 22 percent of the state’s workforce, according to a study released today.
“The findings from this study are a powerful tool for our industry,” said Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council. “This research highlights the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy by providing reliable and credible facts we can use as advocates for the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and rural landowners.”
AUBURN – A team of Auburn University scientists has recorded data about each tree on campus, documenting more than 7,300 trees valued at almost $11 million and generating data that could help landscape managers nationwide.
Professor Art Chappelka of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences said they now know the species, height, diameter, crown width, canopy cover and condition of every tree within the university’s landscape-managed campus.
“This will be a valuable tool for campus planners who can use the information as they develop a landscape master plan,” Chappelka said. “We have mapped the location of every tree in proximity to roads, buildings, power lines and other structures, so we can view the map on our computers anytime. It’s like a blueprint of campus trees.”
AUBURN – An Auburn University professor has been awarded a $580,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, to study the effects of climate change on agriculture and forest production.
Professor Lisa Samuelson, director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, received the funding as part of a $20 million, five-year grant awarded to a collaboration of 12 institutions. More than 50 investigators from universities and federal agencies are participating in the project.
AUBURN – Auburn University has been awarded $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to help develop a plan for sequestering carbon in longleaf pine forests on military bases – thus reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
Professor Lisa Samuelson, director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, will lead the project that includes as collaborators the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station and the University of Florida. The overall grant for the study is $2.4 million.