Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Feral Hog Publication

An excellent resource on feral hogs can be found on-line in a new publication, Managing Wild Pigs - A technical guide. http://www.berrymaninstitute.org/pdf/managing-feral-pigs.pdf Feral hogs are growing problem in Winston County. They are a non-native, invasive and destructive species that compete with native wildlife for habitat resources. Learn more about "the problem with hogs" and how to combat the problem at the Winston County Natural Resources Council's Field Day on April 30, 2010. Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area Biologist Barry Baird will talk about feral hog management at the Field Day.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group holding Public Meeting in Double Springs on April 9

Please join the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc at a public meeting on April 9th.
The meeting will be held at the Bernice Hilton Walker Building (Traders & Farmers Bank) in Double Springs and will begin at 6:30 PM.
At this meeting, the Lake group will elect officers and board of directors, highlight past lake clean-ups and plan the spring clean-up; Alabama Power Company will report on the removal of styrofoam from Smith Lake; and Alabama Water Watch will report on a recent Bacteria Blitz water quality monitoring effort that took place in Winston County.

Payne Demonstration Area - Grand Opening - Bankhead National Forest

Bankhead National Forest is hosting a grand opening of the Payne Demonstration Area, an outdoor classroom highlighting the restoration of the shortleaf pine woodland ecosystem.
Everyone is welcome to the grand opening - students, teachers, partners, neighbors, families, etc! Come one come all! The Payne Demonstration Area is a beautiful area to study nature and a working forest. At the grand opening we will learn about forest management including planting shortleaf pine, timber harvesting, prescribed burning, and wildlife management. We will also hear from Bankhead's Archaeologist Jean Allan and WildSouth's Mark Kolinski about Bankhead's unique canyons and cultural resources. See the link below for more information or call the District Office at 205-489-5111. Large groups should pre-register with Jeremy McDonald at the District Office. http://www.aces.edu/~henshmd/temp/PaynedemoGrandOpeningflyer.pdf

Monday, March 22, 2010

Winston County Extension Office to Hold Open House at New Office Location

The Winston County Extension Office will hold an Open House at our new office location at 9:00 to 11:00 a.m on Wednesday, March 31st.  This new office is located at the John Nichols Building on Highway 195.  This building is located just south of the Double Springs Post Office in what was formerly the Winston County Health Department.  The new office space is more modern, and it is handicap accessible.  We'll have some refreshments, and you can also meet representatives from the other offices that are located in the building.  You can print a copy of the invitation here.  We hope that you will be able to stop by and see our upgraded offices.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Upcoming Rock Creek Watershed Management Project Meeting and Bacteria Blitz

Here are a few upcoming activities that I hope will interest you.

•On April 8th, at 7pm at the Traders and Farmers Bank Building in Addison we will have a Rock Creek Watershed Management Project Meeting. We will be presenting a draft of the Rock Creek Watershed Management Plan, and would really appreciate your help with putting on the finishing touches!

•On April 9th, at 6:30pm the Traders and Farmers Bank Meeting Room in Double Springs, we will be giving a short presentation of the results of the Bacteria Blitz (over 40 sites sampled on February 5-6th) during the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc.(WCSLAI) Annual Meeting.

•On April 10th, at 9am at the Dodge City Restaurant in Cullman, we will be giving a similar presentation about the results of the February Bacteria Blitz during the Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee (SLEPC) Spring Meeting.

•We will have our Spring Bacteria Blitz Friday and Saturday, April 9-10th.

•We would like to offer Bacteriological and Water Chemistry Monitoring workshops for certification with Alabama Water Watch on Friday April 9th. We need at least 8-10 participants for the each workshop.

If you need more information or are interested in participating in the monitoring workshops or Bacteria Blitz, please contact Mona Scruggs at (251)282-9998.

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

March Council Meeting

The Winston County Natural Resources Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 18th at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs. At this meeting we will have a draft agenda for the Winston County Natural Resources Field Day to be held on April 30th.

There will also be a report on the successful Arbor Week Tree Sale that was held in February.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Prescribed Burning Websites

Daryl Lawson, a Registered Forester at Alabama A & M University, recently sent me an e-mail about websites that promote prescribed burning on Alabama forestland. If you have a moment, you may want to visit these websites. Prescribed burning is almost universally supported by forest management experts, yet the practice is little used by most forestland owners in North Alabama. These websites could help promote the practice among private forestland owners in this part of the state. Daryl has also included a link to the Fire Dawgs Facebook page. The Fire Dawgs is a student organization at Alabama A & M dedicated to prescribed burning.


Visit My Forest

Alabama Prescribed Fire Council

AAMU Fire Dawgs

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rock Watershed Meeting and Bacteria Blitz

The February 4th, Rock Creek Watershed Management Project meeting was very productive. Quite a few stakeholders participated, despite the terrible weather conditions. During the meeting we reviewed the project goals and also discussed the current progress of the project. Stakeholders provided us with very important information regarding pollution in the Rock Creek Watershed. In addition, we were able to discuss different outreach strategies for getting the greater community involved in the project. All of this valuable information is being processed and we plan on having a draft plan ready within the next month or so.

The Smith Lake Bacteria Blitz and Bacteriological Water Testing Training sessions led by Alabama Water Watch were also successful. Twenty-six volunteers throughout the Smith Lake Watershed were certified as Bacteriological Water Monitors, and about 40 sites were tested for E. coli during the Bacteria Blitz! AWW personnel will report on Blitz results at the upcoming April 9th WCSLAI meeting, and at the April 10th SLEPC meeting.

Thanks to all who helped to organize and participated in these activities!

We are planning another Rock Creek Watershed Meeting as well as Bacteria Blitz for the first part of April. We will keep you posted on dates and times, and hope to see you there!

For more information on this project please contact Mona Scruggs at (251) 282-9998.