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APT series episodes showcasing Auburn’s forestry, wildlife and environmental research are available online

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As part of Alabama Public Television’s “Spotlight on Agriculture” documentary series, the network produced three episodes focused on Auburn University’s forestry, wildlife and natural resources research and the industry’s importance to the state.

The episodes aired in the first three quarters of 2019, with the first episode on “Forestry” airing in February. The second episode on “Wildlife” aired in May, and the final episode focusing on natural resources-related issues, titled “Environment & Society,” aired in November. All three episodes are publicly available for online streaming and transcripts are available by request.

The episode trilogy highlights the importance of forests, wildlife and natural resources to the state’s economy and quality of life.

“These programs were created to help Alabamians better understand the value of our state’s abundant natural resources and the innovative research being done at Auburn to assure we manage those resources for the wellbeing and enjoyment of future generations,” said Roy Clem, executive director of Alabama Public Television.

Through interviews with landowners, business, government and industry representatives, the documentary series showcased how Auburn University’s research and Extension programs serve to convey science-based information to sustainably manage those resources for the future.

During the “Forestry” episode, viewers learned how Auburn’s research is improving timber harvesting and forestry operations, developing sustainable products from forest biomass and discovering solutions to many of today’s most critical challenges facing wildlife and natural landscapes.

The “Wildlife” episode, examined Auburn’s wildlife research and partnerships with landowners, agencies and other stakeholders to aid the development of policies that assure healthy and sustainable game and non-game wildlife populations and their habitats.

The episode also discussed the complex relationships between land use, climate change and population growth that alter the health-related interactions among people, animals and the environment that contribute to the presence of diseases such as rabies, Lyme disease and the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Concluding the trilogy, the final episode on “Environment and Society,” discussed Auburn’s research to examine the relationships between humans and the environment as they relate to economics, policies and other organizational aspects of society.

“We are grateful to Alabama Public Television and the many organizations who participated in the series to showcase the collaborative research partnership between academia, industry and government,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

“This collaborative work and sharing of knowledge and resources is vital to our research that aspires to preserve Alabama’s quality of life and assure the sustainable future of our society.”

Alabama Public Television will re-air the Spotlight on Agriculture documentary series episodes in February 2020 on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.  The “Forestry” episode will air Sunday, Feb. 2. The documentary focused on “Wildlife” will broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 9, and the episode about the “Environment & Society” will air on Sunday, Feb. 16.

To request a transcript of the episodes, email sfwscom@auburn.edu or phone 334-844-9248 to receive a PDF copy.

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