Auburn University and U.S. Army agree to natural resource management partnership to serve 8 military bases in the Southeast
Auburn University and the The American army cemented a partnership by signing a historic 10-year agreement to provide natural resource management services to eight military bases in the Southeast: Red Stone Arsenal and Fort Rucker in Alabama; Fort Benning, Gordon and Stewart in Georgia; Fort Polk in Louisiana; Fort Bragg in North Carolina; and Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
The revolving Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) is the first of its kind in the country to include eight military bases.
“To implement the agreement, Dr. Vini Nathan, Acting Provost of Auburn University, approved the establishment of the Center for Natural Resource Management on Military Lands in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environmentsaid Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the college.
The center will provide technical expertise and resources to deliver services ranging from forest management and surveys of threatened and endangered species, to surface water delineation and climate change vulnerability assessments. The center will provide technical geographic information system and database support tools to manage the vast natural resources of the army bases.
For the US military, the IGSA will improve efficiency and deliverables while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
“The agreement will ensure that government management and various uses of the Army’s more than one million acres of military land within these bases are maintained in order to accomplish the Army’s mission in the future,” said William G. Kidd, G4 Facilities Manager. and Logistics, US Army Installation Management Command.
“The partnership was designed to expand to include research and student learning opportunities as the university strengthens its administrative infrastructure and service capabilities,” said Daowei Zhang, alumnus and Professor George Peake. Jr. and Associate Dean of Research at the College of Forestry, Wildlife. and Environment, which will coordinate services with the military.
This collaboration, while unique in its magnitude, represents another mutually beneficial alliance between Auburn University and the defense department to address critical military needs and issues.
“The ROTC program and the Military Scope Project provide quality housing for military families, as well as McCrary Institute to develop innovative strategies to defend cybersecurity and today’s infrastructure threats, are just a few examples of the profound impact such a partnership can have for both institutions,” said Lt. retired Ron Burgess, executive vice president of Auburn and a 38-year-old US. Army veteran.
As part of its land-grant mission, the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University has long leveraged these government partnerships to advance its teaching, research and outreach programs to benefit teachers, students and citizens.
“I am confident that this newly established partnership will enhance the Auburn experience for our students, expand transformative research, provide impactful service, and engage faculty from multiple colleges and beyond,” said Christopher Roberts, President of the University. ‘Auburn University.
A signing ceremony attended by Auburn University and U.S. Army leaders was held on campus on September 7.
This story originally appeared on Auburn University website.