Mar 24 2016

The Southern Blue Ridge By Kristen Austin

Staff Report For The Island Connection

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:30 p.m. the Seabrook Island Natural History Group presents Kristen Austin. Austin 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.

The program begins with refreshments at 7 p.m. at The Lake House. All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome.

There is a $5 donation collected which is waived for SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site,

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