Enhancing Forest Species Biodiversity Through Collaborative Education
Why this Project Matters
Alabama is blessed with rich biodiversity and myriad organizations that work hard to enhance it. But promoting and sharing that work across the state can be difficult. This project will support compiling a wide range of biodiversity data and information drawn from across the state to provide for greater educational outreach. Maximizing the educational impact of biodiversity champions across Alabama will have a powerful multiplier effect when it comes to enhancing Alabama’s overall biodiversity.
How This Project Will Influence Biodiversity Education and Conservation in Alabama
The Alabama SFI Implementation Committee is creating opportunities for collaborative educational work on species biodiversity to meet the requirements of the SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard. Critically imperilled, imperilled, threatened, and endangered species in Alabama will be the focus of this educational and collaborative work. This project focuses on bringing together various organizations to share knowledge, develop workshops and outreach programs, and create support materials. The primary focus will be on youth, private landowners, foresters, loggers, and other natural resources professionals. The Alabama SFI Implementation Committee will partner with Alabama Project Learning Tree, (Alabama PLT), SFI’s educational initiative in the state, to help develop and deliver educational materials.
The SFI Community Grant Program, the Alabama SFI Implementation Committee, and Alabama PLT are supporting this project.
This partnership includes state natural resources officials, academics, educators, and an SFI‑certified organization.
- Project lead: Alabama SFI Implementation Committee
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Alabama Project Learning Tree
- Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Alabama Forestry Commission
- Alabama Natural Heritage Program
- Auburn University College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment
Managed Forests Are Key to Gopher Tortoise Conservation
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement: Quantifying the Contribution of Sustainable Forest Practices for At-Risk Species and Terrestrial and Aquatic Communities
Alabama Forestry Foundation: Wonder of Woodlands