Thursday, May 21, 2009

Looking for Volunteers

Greetings to all once again! Since my last post [yesterday :-)] we have decided to look for some volunteers to help with the roadside inspections that take place twice a month. This would simply mean that you would drive through an assigned section of highway to make sure that the garbage is being picked up. If the filled bags are still on site we would like you to make sure they are being placed in the proper location and that the bag tags are being attached. If any of you think you might be interested in being a Volunteer Inspector please give me a call at 205-489-8887 for more information. I currently have workers in the following areas:
Addison: County Road 41 North, County Road 39 North and County Road 99
Arley: County Road 41 near Duncan Bridge
Double Springs: 3 sections of Hwy 195 (from Scenic Drive to the Walker Co line)
County Road 327 and County Road 28
Haleyville: County Road 11
Grayson area: County Road 63 and County Road 3171

Thank you! Crystal

Annual Winston County Smith Lake Clean-Up

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc., the Bankhead National Forest and Alabama Power invite you to the Annual Winston County Smith Lake Clean-Up. It will be held on June 11-13, 2009 at the Clear Creek Recreation Area in the Bankhead National Forest. Volunteers are needed for the event. Click on the image above for a larger version. For more information, contact Allison Cochran at (205) 489-5111, or Linda Atkinson at (205) 387-9999.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Winston County Assign-A-Highway Update

Greetings Everyone! I wanted to give you a quick update on the success of the program so far. Currently we have 13 probationers assigned to the program and they are cleaning a total of 17 1/2 miles. Each of these probationers have been assigned to serve time ranging from 20 - 100 hours. To date (since February) we have collected 111 bags of trash for a total of 3080 pounds of garbage being removed from our county roadsides. As we head into the the summer months I expect these numbers to go up considerably. However, I am very excited about what has been accomplished so far. If you have an opportunity, please say a special thanks to those that helped bring this program to our area and let them know that you would like to see it continue for a long time. Thank you! Crystal Say thanks to: County Commissioners, Mr. Mike Henshaw and the folks at RC&D and NACOLG

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May Meeting of the Winston County Natural Resources Council

The May meeting of the WCNRC will be at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 21st at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs.

Some items up for discussion:
  • Regional Landowner Conference in October
  • Two possible field trips
  • Recent contributions to the Council
  • Review of the Forestry Field Day at Bill and Jeanie Snoddy's Farm
  • Youth Fishing Derby on June 6th
Chris and Johnna will be representing the Council at a planning meeting for the Regional Landowner Conference in Cullman. They'll give us an update on our role in the field day at the June meeting.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Walker County Soil and Water Conservation District Creates Blog

The Walker County Soil and Water Conservation District has created a blog to highlight the District's activities. Katherine Patton has been working on the blog, and she told me that she was influenced by the Winston County Natural Resources Council blog. I've added a link to their new blog in our links section. I'll be watching their blog to see what's happening in Walker County.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Photos from the Forestry Field Day at Bill and Jeanie Snoddy's Loblolly Farm TREASURE Forest

The Third Annual Winston County Forestry Field Day was held yesterday at Bill and Jeanie's TREASURE Forest in spite of threatening weather. Click here for photos from the field day.

Organized by the Winston County Natural Resources Council, over 100 private landowners, loggers, and foresters attended the all-day tour that featured ten learning stations. Thanks to Bill and Jeanie for hosting the Field Day.