The Southern Blue Ridge by Kristen Austin
On Thursday, April 14, the Seabrook Island Natural History Group will present Kristen Austin who has been working with the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2004 as the Southern Blue Ridge program director based in Upstate South Carolina. In this role, she focuses on forest conservation efforts in the Southern Blue Ridge area. Austin oversees a number of initiatives that range from conserving land to natural resource management to conservation planning. She began her work with The Nature Conservancy seventeen years ago when she went to work for the Missouri Chapter focused on grassland conservation. Prior to working with The Nature Conservancy, Austin worked as an environmental educator where she taught at field schools in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Her teaching background instilled the importance of connecting people with nature. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a double major in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies.
Refreshments 7:00 PM Program 7:30 PM Lake House
All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation which is waived for SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site, sinhg.org.
-Submitted by Phyllis Harper