Friday, May 27, 2011

Forest Service Celebrates Get Outdoors Day and National Fishing and Boating Week

The U.S. Forest Service and Winston County Natural Resources Council are teaming up with local agencies and organizations to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors by hosting a free youth fishing derby on June 11, 2011 at the Black Warrior Work Center (Central Lookout Fire Tower) located in the Bankhead National Forest.

The “Get Outdoors Day” fishing event is for youth ages 5 to 12 who are supervised by a parent or guardian. Participants are asked to register and furnish their own bait and tackle to compete in the derby. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the hooks hit the water at 10 a.m. Participants can enjoy free food, door prizes, casting contest, and educational programs.

According to Elrand Denson, district ranger of the Bankhead National Forest, having
community support in events located on the national forest is important to the success of our fishing derbies that are held annually. “Engaging our young people in outdoor activities is key to continuing the legacy of conservation, wise use, of Bankhead’s natural resources. ”

The fishing derby will be held at the Black Warrior Work Center (Fire lookout tower) located off Highway 33, 12 miles north of Double Springs. The pond provides excellent fishing for catfish.

While visiting the Bankhead National Forest, families can enjoy additional recreational activities that include swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping.

Please contact the Bankhead National Forest at 205-489-5111 for registration information and directions.

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