AUBURN – A new “nature playground” at Auburn University lets children enjoy the great outdoors in a manner experienced by previous generations: climbing, crawling, digging and exploring.
The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, a community outreach program for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, recently opened the wooded playground and will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 with university officials and civic leaders. The public is invited to join the festivities at the preserve on North College Street, or Highway 147, just past the Auburn University fish ponds.
AUBURN – Jim Shepard, professor and associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University, has been named dean of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, effective Jan. 3.
“Dr. Shepard has an outstanding record of accomplishments in forest sustainability, environmental management and academia,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “The faculty, staff, students and administration look forward to working with him as we continue to build the academic, research and outreach programs of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.”
AUBURN – These dogs seek out animals in the woods, but they aren’t your typical hunting dogs. They have been trained to find endangered species so Auburn University researchers can document the location and number of the rare animals.
The question is, how do you put dogs on the trail of unusual, elusive critters that few humans have seen? The dogs aren’t looking for animals per se, but are trained to find where the animals have been, that is, by finding their excrement … or, in other words, the poop or scat.
AUBURN – An Auburn University professor wants today’s Alabamians to experience what Native Americans used as a mainstay in daily life and what 18th century naturalists saw as prime wildlife habitat.
Mark Smith, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is developing ways to restore river cane that once covered floodplains throughout the state.
AUBURN – Hanqin Tian, Alumni Professor with Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, recently received the 2008 Global Change Science Prize for his groundbreaking work as an ecosystem scientist.
Tian was honored April 10 by the Ye DuZheng Global Change Science Prize Committee at the Chinese Academy of Sciences for his achievements in the field of global change science.
AUBURN – Southeastern landowners interested in converting their land into longleaf pine forests for the economic and environmental benefits now have an important resource for information and services in the recently created Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.
There is growing recognition by Alabama landowners of the economic, ecological and recreational returns from longleaf pine forests and in the last 10 years longleaf pine acreage in Alabama has increased by 60 percent.