Painting a Modern Picture of Conservation - The Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge
On Tuesday, February 5th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted a public forum at the Franklin County Library to discuss the creation of a new wildlife refuge, the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Franklin County. The presentation comes after years of tireless efforts by a diverse assemblage of stakeholders. Pending its approval in June of this year, the refuge stands to be just the eleventh refuge created under President Obama. More notably, it will be one of a very few refuges in the country whose focus is protecting threatened upland terrestrial habitat in the southern Appalachians.
Sewanee: Zanmi ak Ayiti (“Friends with Haiti”)
Associate professor of biology Deb McGrath is working toward a potential solution to the massive deforestation problem in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services (PES). PES is a system whereby incentives are offered to land owners to manage their land for ecosystem services such as watershed protection, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration. McGrath, recent graduate Keri Bryan (C’12) and a handful of current students are doing extensive work with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health) to make PES a reality for the struggling farmers of the Haitian Central Plateau.
Sustaining Sewanee's Water
The Southeastern US experienced extreme drought in 2016, and you can see what that looked like in Sewanee in the video "Sustaining Sewanee: A Visual Exploration of Our Water".