Oct 11, 2012 7:17 AM by AP/CS
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is visiting Southern University for the 20-year celebration of its urban forestry program and the ribbon-cutting for a new outdoor forest classroom.
He is attending events Thursday and the ribbon-cutting Friday.
Southern's campus, on a Mississippi River bluff, has storm drainage problems because of erosion. A news release from the Kisatchie National Forest says Southern wants to reduce erosion while giving students at all levels a chance to teach people in the area about the importance of natural resources.
The outdoor work will also include hands-on projects for a summer enrichment program that introduces high-school seniors and recent high-school graduates to urban forestry and other agricultural professions.
The Forest Service has given Southern $120,000 for the "Educational Forest."