For David Bridges, timing is everything.
Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, announced at the conclusion of the recent 61st annual Southern Forestry Conclave that the ABAC Foundation has purchased 1,000 acres of timber land to create the first ever ABAC Teaching Forest.
“In the early 2000s, the ABAC Foundation took it upon itself the unbelievable burden of building $50 million worth of housing that you see on campus today,” Bridges said to the crowd of ABAC students as well as students from universities across the southern part of the United States.
“Since that time, the Foundation has contributed millions in scholarships, helped to build the laboratory sciences building, helped to build the Thrash Wellness Center, and assisted with the funding for the Foundation Legacy Pool. Now the Foundation board of directors has purchased this timber tract about 10 miles from campus for a much-needed forest for our School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.”
Bridges, the longest-serving active president in the University System of Georgia, pointed out that agriculture continues to be the leading industry in Georgia. He said he believes the new forest will allow the ABAC School of Agriculture and Forest Resources to continue its growth pattern.