Friday, January 19, 2018

Bankhead Liaison Panel Meeting Scheduled

The Bankhead Liaison Panel meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25, at 6:00 pm at the Moulton Recreation Center at Alexander Park in Moulton.  The Moulton Recreation Center is located at 13550 Court Street in Moulton.  The meeting topics include the Southern Pine Beetle outbreak, two forest health projects, the 2018 prescribed burning program and rare aquatic species updates.  The meeting begins at 6 pm and will adjourn by 8:30.  The meeting is open to the public.  Anyone interested in the management in the Bankhead National Forest is invited. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Invasive Plant Management Workshop

January Minutes

Photo by Andy Scott
The Winston County Natural Resources Council met on January 18, 2018, at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs.  Present were J. D. Snoddy, Jimmy Madison, John Creed, Mike Henshaw, and Andy Scott.  The following items were discussed:
  • Invasive Plant Management class to be held in Cullman on March 29.  This class will include pesticide points for persons holding a commercial pesticide license.
  • Bee Keeping in Alabama - a three class series to be held beginning February 20.
  • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and a walking program are accepting applications, for more information, call the Winston County Extension Office at 489-5376.
  • Mike gave overview of the three Firewise proposals that have been submitted to the Winston County Commission.
  • Andy gave an update on the progress being made on the Resource Advisory Committee proposal submitted to the Forest Service by the Winston County Commission.  He said that a Coop roads agreement had recently been signed, and that only a few steps remained until the funds would be committed and road maintenance work by the commission could begin.
  • J. D. gave an overview of the Alabama Barn Quilt Trail project in Winston County.  He said that the Arts Council is a partner on the project and barns are being sought by the organizers.  For more info visit this website.
  • The council agreed to provide funds up to $200 to purchase supplies to complete another demonstration hog trap for landowners to check out and return.
  • Andy gave an update on the pine beetle outbreak and some of the control work being conducted on the Bankhead National Forest.  Priority is being give to pine beetle spots that threaten private landowners joining Forest Service property.
  • Winston County Board of Education is in the process of having State land transferred to the Winston County BOE.  The Winston County BOE has applied for a Appalachian Regional Commission grant to fund a feasibility study on how to best use the property.
  • Liaison Panel meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25, at the Moulton Recreation Center from 6-8:30 pm.
Mike Henshaw, Secretary

Monday, January 15, 2018

January Council Meeting

The Winston County Natural Resources Council will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, at the U. S. Forest Service office in Double Springs.  Some agenda items include vacant officer positions, the Resource Advisory Committee funds, Firewise proposals, and the demonstration hog trap.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tour of Unique Wood in Houston

The Winston County Natural Resources Council toured Unique Wood in Houston at part of the regular meeting held on Thursday, November 16.  Mr. Ellis Wade, Jr., owner of the family business, hosted the tour of this woodworking business.  Their specialty is treating wood using a proprietary process that creates a rustic look.  After processing, it is used to create furniture and panels, much of which is used in the manufactured housing industry.  Members attending the tour included Rick Moody, Lauranne James, Mike Henshaw, Johnna Franks, Jimmy Madison, John Creed, Carl Godsey, Bob Wilder, Casey Hammack, Kerri Roberts, and Jim Hughes.

After the tour, the council had a brief meeting.  We discussed a possible landowner tour of a shortleaf planting on a privately owned forestland.  Potential officers for vacant positions were discussed, but no action taken at this time.

After lunch at Talk of the Town, several members toured the Houston log jail.

Mr. Wade, left, points out rustic finish on their products.

Treated boards drying after coating has been applied.

Example of some of the products treated using special process.

Mr. Ellis Wade, Jr., center, explains future plans for Unique Wood.

Jimmy Madison, EMA Director and former firefighter, points out purpose
of various equipment found on the Houston Fire Engine #2.

Touring the Houston Log Jail.

Houston Log Jail interior.

Casey checks out one of the two rooms in the jail.

Window detail of the Houston Log Jail.