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Great Smoky Mountains National Park chief ranger, Auburn alumna giving virtual talk March 25

Published: March 19, 2021
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Auburn University will host a virtual talk with Auburn alumna Lisa Hendy ’94, chief ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on March 25 as part of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Hendy is the first speaker in the virtual “7 for 75 Speaker Series” as part of the school’s yearlong celebration, which began March 1. She will talk about her time at Auburn and her roles as chief ranger and lead supervisor of the Appalachian/Piedmont Zone Wildlife and Land Fire Program, which serves 22 parks in the Southeast.

The talk is open to the public via Zoom from 2-3 p.m. at https://auburn.zoom.us/j/86046413902 and will be live-streamed via the school’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ausfws/live/.

The “7 for 75 Speaker Series" is designed to feature distinguished alumni and industry leaders representing an array of forestry, wildlife and natural resource fields and enterprises. Speakers will cover a wide range of topics, from land management to current and future technology to stakeholder engagement.

“The caliber of our alumni speaks volumes about the university’s broad influence through its training of forestry, wildlife and natural resource professionals,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “We are honored that they will be sharing their vast knowledge and experience with us in celebration of the school’s milestone anniversary.”

The next speaker will be Adam Howard ’97, director of farm operations at the Arbor Day Farm of the Arbor Day Foundation, from 2-3 p.m. April 29.

The Auburn University College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment is a flagship institution for natural resources-based degrees including natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. The school serves as the backbone for Alabama’s $30 billion+ forest, wildlife and natural resources related enterprises. Its mission is to create next-generation professionals and leaders, to develop new knowledge and disseminate science-based solutions to our clientele to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of citizens in Alabama and beyond.

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