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Mary Olive Thomas
Demonstration Forest

Located along Moore’s Mill Road just east of Auburn, Alabama, the Mary Olive Thomas (MOT) Demonstration Forest is a 400 acre forest that is used to show landowners forest and wildlife management practices that could be used to enhance the value of their land. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Olive Thomas, this forest has been used by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) since 1977 and was designated as an Alabama Treasure Forest in 1979. In keeping with Ms. Thomas’ wishes, this demonstration forest continues to be managed with the private landowner in mind, demonstrating many different land management techniques.


Directions to the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest from downtown Auburn.

  • Travel south on College St. to E. Samford Avenue. Turn left on E. Samford Avenue.

  • Travel 0.4 miles to Moore’s Mill Road and turn right.

  • Travel 3.5 miles on Moore’s Mill Road.

  • The entrance to the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest will be on your left.

  • Go through the gate and follow the signs to parking.


For more information or questions please email: MOT@auburn.edu

School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Extension
602 Duncan Drive  ·  Auburn University, Alabama 36849

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