Monday, October 27, 2008
There is a special youth deer hunt November 15-16, 2008. The hunt is open on all private and open-permit public lands (except Wildlife Management Areas).
Check page 34 of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Hunting & Fishing Digest for more information or visit www.outdooralabama.com
An approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. The course is open to anyone older than 10 years old, but is aimed at first time license buyers and beginning hunters. Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend the course with beginning hunters.
For more information call the wildlife staff at Bankhead National Forest at 205-489-5111.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tom Counts, Laverne Matheson, Carl Godsey, and Mike Henshaw.
Items discussed included:
- Amendment One
- FAWN Photos
- FAWN Teacher Evaluations
- Boating Safety as a possible FAWN Learning Station
- New Extension Publication titled "In Alabama, Money Does Grow on Trees: Forestry and Its Economic Importance to Alabama."
- Carbon Credits-Possible source of income for private landowners. James Malone with the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association would like to hold a meeting in Winston County about Carbon Credits.
- Forestry Field Day for 2009. Discussed possible location, and topics for stations.
- Invasive Plant Issue of the Alabama's TREASURED Forests Magazine.
- Tom Counts announced a Hunter Education Class to be taught at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs on November 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Participants must register online at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/education by noon October 31st.
Next meeting will be held on November 20th at the U. S. Forest Office in Double Springs at 9:00 a.m. A tour of Ronnie's Lumber Mill in Double Springs will follow the meeting.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Johnna reported that the balance in the treasury was $2,871.78. Johnna contacted several of the legislators in this area and was successful in obtaining funds for the FAWN program. Representative Jody Letson has contributed $200. Senator Roger Bedford has committed $500. The Lions Club has contributed $200, and the Farmers Federation Forestry Committee has also allocated funds. These contributions will go toward the bus transportation for the students.
A Water Quality training for livestock and poultry farmers will be offered by Alabama Water Watch. The training will focus on monitoring for bacteria from livestock. This training will be offered to Cullman and Winston County livestock producers on November 14th in Addison. The goal of the program is to help farmers in the Smith Lake watershed understand factors affecting water quality. Anyone interested in this training should contact Mike Henshaw at (205) 489-5376.
The FAWN agenda was discussed and the walk-through date set for October 1st.
The council also discussed an upcoming tour and the council's blog.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
FAWN (Forestry Awareness Week Now) is an outdoor hands-on field day for Winston County sixth graders. FAWN is a longstanding project of the Winston County Natural Resources Council. FAWN has been held annually each year for 12 years. The program is made possible by volunteers, grants, and funding from the Council. This year 348 students and 17 teachers attended FAWN, and it was organized by 32 volunteers. The purpose of FAWN is to teach the sixth graders about the wise use of our natural resources. Eight learning stations covered such topics as GPS, Forest Management, Water Quality, Wildlife Management, Forest Fire Safety, ATV Safety, Forest Soils, and Beekeeping. Each year we ask the teachers to evaluate FAWN so that we can improve the quality incrementally each year. The weather was perfect for both days of FAWN this year, and the teachers rated the event with high marks. We have created a photo album of the event.
The Council would like to thank the following groups and individuals for making the event possible, the Haleyville and Winston County School Superintendents, all the sixth grade teachers, Paul and Tiny Bowen, Charles Brannon, U. S. Forest Service, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Forestry Commission, Double Springs Lions Club, Forest Stewardship Education Committee, Representative Jody Letson, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northwest Alabama RC & D Council, Regional Paramedical Services, Winston County EMS, Senator Roger Bedford, Winston County Soil and Water Conservation Service, Winston County Commission, Winston County Emergency Management Agency, Winston County Farmers Federation, and the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Council.