Thursday, June 16, 2016

June Meeting Minutes

The Winston County Natural Resources Council met at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs on June 16, 2016.  Allison Cochran and Mike Henshaw were present.  The following items were discussed:

  • Game Check Seminar Series
  • Forest Service Maps now available on Maps on the Go App
  • 4-H Mud Run in Cullman County.  For more info:http://offices.aces.edu/cullman/2016/05/23/first-annual-4-h-mud-run-held-saturday-august-13-2016/
  • Job posting for Winston County 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent at this link:https://ssl.acesag.auburn.edu/posannc/search.php3
  • Auburn Cumberland Plateau Meeting on June 22.
  • Shortleaf Pine Restoration Plan announcement this week.
  • Hamner Park in Arley
  • Wildflower meadows at Russell Cave National Monument
  • Allison met with 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Team for a training session at Addison.
  • Allison said there were 49 youth at the fishing derby on June 4.  The WCNRC contributed $308.87 towards the event this year.  Other sponsors included the U. S. Forest Service, Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Wild Turkey Federation, Double Springs Lions Club, and Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.
Mike Henshaw, Secretary
WCNRC

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Council Meeting

The Winston County Natural Resources Council will meet at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 16, at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Children Enjoy Fishing on Bankhead National Forest


The Bankhead National Forest held the 24th annual “Kids Fishing Derby” on Saturday, June 4 in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week. The Forest Service, which hosts the yearly event to help interest young people in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation, stocked a pond with about 400 pounds of catfish and invited area youngsters to try their luck.  The highlight of this year’s Derby was the National Wild Turkey Federation’s “Jakes Take Aim” Shooting Booth.  All children received a free membership to the NWTF’s Jakes club and a fishing derby t-shirt complements of the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association.

Forty-nine children (with accompanying adults) from surrounding counties came to the Black Warrior Work Center on the Bankhead National Forest to compete for trophies in three age categories. Contestants fished for approximately 1 ½ hours and the winners in each age group were decided by measuring the longest fish caught by each individual.

The largest fish overall was caught by Brooks Kachelman of Florence.

In the 5-6 year old age group, Brice Gilliland of Moulton took the first place trophy.  Tori Walker of Ralph, AL captured second place.

A.C. Holcomb of Double Springs won the first place trophy in the 7 - 9 year old group.  Tanner Garcia of Double Springs and Ella Adair of Houston won second place.

In the 10 – 12 year old category, Brody Massey of Double Springs took the first place trophy.  Austin Henley of Trinity and Tylie Romero of Houston took second place.

In addition to the fishing competition, a casting contest was held in which Slade Riddle of Addison won in the 5 – 6 year old division; Wriley Ritch of Danville won in the 7 – 9 year old division; and Zane Kenum of Danville won the 10 – 12 year old division.  All three received a new rod and reel and tackle box as their prize.

The Derby concluded with drawing for door prizes, awarding of trophies to contest winners and a hotdog lunch.  This year’s event was funded by a grant to the Winston County Natural Resources Council from the Winston County Commission, a grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the US Forest Service.  Sponsors of the 2016 Kids Fishing Derby include the Double Springs Lions Club, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Sipsey Strutters Moulton Chapter and Bankhead Beards and Spurs Winston County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Winston County Natural Resource Council, and the Bankhead National Forest.

A big “THANK YOU” from Smokey Bear to everyone who continue to help make the Kids Fishing Derby a great success.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Local Students Learn About Their National Forest at Outdoor Classroom

About 100 students and teachers from Double Springs Middle School and Curry High School got outdoors for a fun and experiential learning opportunity on May 3.  The students came to the Payne Creek Demonstration Area on Bankhead National Forest for an Outdoor Classroom event.  Partners from the Bankhead National Forest and Alabama Cooperative Extension shared lessons about forest management including wildlife management, fire management, timber and silviculture programs, archaeology and shortleaf pine restoration. 

The Payne Creek Demonstration Area is a site on Bankhead that shows visitors and students alike an active, working forest.  Shortleaf pine woodland restoration is on-going at the site, with active timber harvest, midstory removal, shortleaf reforestation and prescribed burning of the uplands.  Visitors and students can also visit the Payne Creek Canyon, a beautiful canyon and stream at the end of the Payne Creek walking trail.  In the canyon, students learn about the importance of clean water and riparian forests to animals, plants and people!

To learn more about the Payne Creek Demonstration Area, including directions or inquiries about outdoor classroom events, please call the Bankhead National Forest at (205) 489-5111.

A special thank you goes out to the local schools and the Winston County Natural Resources Council for making this great day possible.