Samford University The BelltowerFebruary 2004

Samford To Revitalize Shades Creek

"Samford University has received grants totaling $42,000 to assist with the revitalization of neighboring Shades Creek."

Samford University has received grants totaling $42,000 to assist with the revitalization of neighboring Shades Creek. The grants will help return the creek and surrounding area to its natural state for use as an outdoor biology classroom.

The Hugh Kaul Foundatioin donated $20,000 for the project to eradicate non-native plant species such as kudzu and privet and replant native species such as azaleas and mountain laurel. The Alabama Power Foundation Tree Assistance Program gave $2,000 to purchase approximately 40 trees to be planted alongside Shades Creek. Earlier, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham made a starter grant of $20,000 to the project.

Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Department of Biology undertook the project earlier in conjunction with Friends of Shades Creek, Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Birmingham Audubon Society. Samford Biology professors Larry Davenport and Ron Jenkins, and Vulcan Center program administrator Connie Lankford manage the Shades Creek project.

Samford's Board of Trustees recently declared the Shades Creek area to be a bird sanctuary, and Samford is sponsoring mile 12 of the upcoming Mercedes Marathon, which includes the Shades Creek greenway, in part to call attention to the importance of environmental stewardship.

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