Expanding Tuskegee National Forest as a Community Asset
The Tuskegee National Forest is the smallest national forest in the United States, and the 11,000 acre natural resource has a unique history and unrealized potential for ecotourism. Macon County is an ARC-distressed county, and while it is known for its county seat of Tuskegee, the forest seems to have less public recognition for tourism and recreation than it deserves.
The Auburn 2015 ATP team will assist with administering a citizen survey on knowledge and use of the forest; research and coordination for a history and culture tent at the second annual Festival in the Forest; and development and execution of two presentations on the forest to groups in adjacent counties. The survey will be beneficial for future grant applications related to activities in the forest. Festival participation will allow the second annual event to grow in size and scope, and the presentations will challenge students to convey the qualities of the forest to potential visitors.
Dr. Mark Wilson
Director, Civic Learning Initiatives
College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University, AL 36849
Telephone: (334) 844-6198