Thursday, October 20, 2016

Camp McDowell Tour

Maggie Johnston hosted the Winston County Natural Resources Council on a tour of the Camp McDowell at our last council meeting.  Here's a few photos from the tour, but there are more at this link.  Thanks to Maggie for taking time to show us around, updating us on the new programs such as the Magnolia Nature School and the McDowell Farm School, and for providing our lunch.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Council Meeting

The October meeting of the Council will be a field trip to Camp McDowell.  Our plan is to meet at the U. S. Forest Service office and carpool to the camp.  We will depart from the Forest Service office at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 20.  If you would prefer, you can drive directly to Camp McDowell and meet us at the welcome center at 10:00 a.m.

At present, I have the following individuals signed up to attend:
Mike Henshaw, Kerri Roberts, Wade Hill, Blake Addison, Johnna Franks, Andy Baril, John Creed, Travis McDonald, Matt Brock, Jeremy McDonald, and Casey Hammack.

After the tour, we will eat lunch at the camp, and we need to let them know how many folks we will have.  If you would like to attend and are not listed, please let me know as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Mike Henshaw, Secretary

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Game Check Seminar

A Game Check Seminar was held in Double Springs on October 11, 2016.  21 hunters and several other Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials.  Matt Brock, North AL Private Lands Technical Assistance Biologist, with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, taught the seminar about the new mandatory Game Check.

To see more photos, click on this link:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

News Release from the National Forests in Alabama - Fees Waived at Recreation Areas in Celebration of National Public Land's Day

Fees Waived at U.S. Forest Service Recreation Sites in Alabama’s National Forests
[MONTGOMERY, AL] September 19, 2016 –The public can enjoy waived fees this Saturday for National Public Land’s Day and during other national observances at most of Alabama’s national forests’ day-use recreation sites.

The U.S. Forest Service offers five fee-free days annually.  The scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service are National Public Land’s Day - September 24, Veteran’s Day - November 11, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - January 16, 2017, President’s Day – February 20, 2017 and National Get Outdoors Day on June 10, 2017. Visit the National Forest Service website for more information.

Fees will be waived at the following day-use recreation sites throughout Alabama’s national forests on the national observances dates:

Bankhead National Forest – Double Springs, AL (334) 489-5111
Brushy Lake Recreation Area, Day Use Area & Boat Launch, Houston Recreation Area, Day Use Area, Natural Bridge Day Use Area, Owl Creek Day Use, Pine Torch Trailhead, Sipsey River Day Use Area
Conecuh National Forest – Andalusia, AL (334) 222-2555
Open Pond Campground 

Talladega National Forest
Oakmulgee District – Brent, AL   (205) 926-9765
Payne Lake Campground

Shoal Creek District – Heflin, AL (256) 463-2273
Henry Creek Shooting Range and Warden Station Trail System

Talladega District – Talladega, AL (256) 362-2909
Shepherd Branch Shooting Range 

Tuskegee National Forest – Tuskegee, AL (334) 727-2652
Uchee Shooting Range