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A delegation of Auburn University students will present a community-based project with Tuskegee National Forest to federal officials at the 15th annual Appalachian Teaching Project, or ATP, Symposium in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4 and 5.

The team from Auburn University includes five students who will be presenting a project on Expanding Tuskegee National Forest as a Community Asset. Their research team is led by Mark Wilson, director of the Civic Learning Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts, who has been named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, or ARC, and organized by the Center of Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, ATP coordinates student teams from participating colleges and universities in Appalachia to develop applied research projects building a sustainable future for the region. As part of ATP, these projects are formally presented to ARC leadership in Washington, D.C.

This year’s symposium will be held at the Crystal City Marriot in Arlington, Virginia and will feature 150 students representing 15 schools in 10 Appalachian states.

The Appalachian Teaching Project can be followed on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #ARCATP.