Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-12-18

Samford University has received a $20,000 grant from the Hugh Kaul Foundation to assist with the Shades Creek Revitalization Project. The money will be used to continue eradicating non-native species such as kudzu and privet and replanting native species such as azaleas and mountain laurel.

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

In addition, Alabama Power Foundation's Tree Assistance Program awarded the Vulcan Center $2,000 to purchase approximately 40 trees to be planted alongside Shades Creek as part of the revitalization

The grants will help return the creek and surrounding area from Old Highway 31 to Homewood High School to its natural state for use as an outdoor classroom. The long term plan also includes making the area attractive to birds as a sanctuary.

These grants follow an earlier $20,000 grant to the project from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.