AUBURN UNIVERSITY – STIHL Timbersports is bringing its Collegiate Timbersports Championship Series and a professional 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 axe throwing, knife throwing, log rolling and wood cutting, with the winner earning a spot in the national collegiate competition. The professional lumberjack competition will be recorded for airing later on an ESPN-affiliated network.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Coyotes have long inhabited rural areas, but they now are a growing problem near cities and in the suburbs.
As residential developments spread into former pastures and woodlands, coyote sightings are becoming more common for homeowners, according to Jim Armstrong, a professor in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist. This is especially true in the fall, when parent coyotes force last year’s litter away from the pack to establish their own range.
“Coyotes usually have four to six puppies,” he said. “Both parents will hunt prey to feed their young, and the group stays together until the next breeding season in the fall. Then the parents run their pups away. Most coyote sightings occur this time of year.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two professors in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences have been awarded a $240,000 research grant from the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program to study the links between urbanization and West Nile Virus.
Clinton-McClure Professor Graeme Lockaby, and Associate Professor Latif Kalin will conduct the project, “Impact of Forest to Urban Conversion on Human Health,” in collaboration with Wayne Zipperer at the USFS Southern Research Station, the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, and the Georgia Department of Community Health, as well as SFWS faculty members Krisztian Magori and Wayde Morse.
AUBURN – Auburn University broke ground June 6 on the Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation Learning Center in Andalusia.
The $1.6 million facility will feature a 100-seat auditorium and 40-seat classroom addition to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, which is used for teaching, research and outreach by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.
“We must be able to continue to give our students the best possible preparation for the future,” said James Shepard, dean of Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “Staying true to Solon Dixon’s vision is the way to do that.”
AUBURN – In a paper published recently in the journal Ecosystems, a team led by Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences researchers found that the southeast region of the United States could be close to a turning point in terms of its carbon footprint.
“What makes the findings so important and relevant to policy, says Hanqin Tian, lead author of the study, is that it is the first study to look at multiple factors affecting regional climate and carbon storage over an extended period of time.
AUBURN – The Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative started by the Auburn University Department of Forestry is celebrating 40 years of conducting groundbreaking research and providing information to forest-tree nurseries across the southern United States.
Cooperative research on seedling care and pesticides has helped nursery owners to create ideal growing conditions, thus improving the health and quantity of seedlings – adding to owners’ income, increasing the amount of land reforested and expanding the industry.