Celebrates Canyon Center
and Public Lands
“The place is
growing like a weed!” said former JSU Biology Department graduate student
Clifford Webb after seeing the 25,000 square foot Little River Canyon Center
near Fort Payne.
|JSU Biology faculty Dr. Chris Murdock and Physical Earth Science
faculty Dr. Jonathan Herbert (second and third from the right) tour visitors through a future
classroom of the Little River Canyon Center near Fort Payne, AL.
With this week’s
most noticeable accomplishment having been the installation of its massive
timber frame, all agree that the project continues to go up at a rapid and
steady pace. Thirty feet high, the Center’s apex now looks out over a beautiful
landscape of hills, forests, flowering pastures and nearby, one of the most
dramatic canyons in the Southeastern United States.
|Acres of pasture near the adjoining National Park unit provide
tranquil views behind the future LRC Center.
hosted a nationally publicized Public Lands Day event that attracted many
visitors who were shocked to see the progress. Local resident Roberto Sacasas
commented “They must be working through the night to build so much here.” He continued, “This place is going to change
the region in a great and positive way.”
|Subcontractors from Jacaman Construction work to dusk installing the Center’s
heavy timber frame
On Public Lands
Day, visitors toured the new construction and walked through the well defined
spaces which now include the future Grand Hall, classrooms, library, kitchen,
auditorium, museum, arts and education store, JSU research labs and National
Park Service offices. After the tour, many stayed to assist the Little River
Canyon Preserve by picking up litter along roadsides and hiking trails.
JSU Professor Dr.
Jonathan Herbert, a native of the United Kingdom, said “Our faculty looks
forward to using the canyon, river, trails and, of course, this great building as
awe inspiring classrooms for everybody.”
Wearing gloves and
holding a big black plastic bag of trash, he continued, “It’s truly a pleasure
to give service back to the community and the National Preserve.”
Throughout the 18 months of construction, periodic trips and tours of the site will
be arranged for the public, JSU faculty, staff and students. If you are
interested in participating in this program, please contact the Environmental
Policy and Information
Center at 256-782-8010 to
be included when such events occur.
Check out the recently posted videos of the Little River Canyon Center construction sites now available on YouTube:
Construction Scenes of Little River Canyon Center.
For more information about the
Little River Canyon Center, please contact project Director Pete Conroy at
256-782-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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