JSU Newswire
Jacksonville, Alabama

Little River Canyon Field School Funding Approved to
Jacksonville State University

February 14, 2003 -- Funding for construction of the Little River Canyon Field School has been approved by a vote from the US House of Representatives. Included in the omnibus-spending bill that is expected to pass tonight is $1.8 million dollars for this Jacksonville State University project to be located on the DeKalb and Cherokee County line, adjacent to the Little River National Preserve.

"This is a great and long-awaited day for JSU. Now we can do even more in providing quality environmental education while boosting tourism for the region," said JSU President William A. Meehan. "Congressman Aderholt and the other members of Alabama's Congressional delegation deserve our thanks."

"In the Fourth Congressional District, we're blessed to have some of the most beautiful scenery and the Little River Canyon is a perfect example of that," said Congressman Robert Aderholt. "It's important to support efforts like this to bring education about nature and the outdoors to the public at large."

Operating without a facility near the canyon, the Little River Canyon Field School has been in operation for twelve years. This funding support will allow JSU to establish a base of operation near the canyon and provide important information to both residents and visitors who want to learn more about the Little River Canyon National Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service. According to Aderholt, "Due to the national scope of the Little River Canyon National Preserve, hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to use this facility."

"We're off to a terrific start," said Pete Conroy, Director of the JSU Field Schools. "Senators Shelby and Sessions along with Congressman Aderholt, working together with JSU trustees like Randy Owen, groups like the National Park Service and Alabama State Parks, businesses like the Alabama Power Company and so many others have made this funding happen."


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