The Winston County Natural Resources Council met on September 18, 2008, at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs. Present were John Creed, Tom Counts, Mike Henshaw, Laverne Matheson, Allison Cochran, Johnna Franks, Chris Wright, and Glen Gaines.
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.