Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Winston County Natural Resources Council Meeting

The Winston County Natural Resources Council met at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs on August 21, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.  Present were Allison Cochran, John Creed, and Mike Henshaw.  Balance in the treasury is $8,865.40.  The following topics were discussed:
  • Dates for the FAWN program.  1st choice is Oct 9-10, 2nd choice is Oct 23-24, and a possible rain date of Oct 17.  Schools will determine the date and if they wish to attend.
  • Allison commented on the Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery.  She represented the U. S. Forest Service, and she said that Andy Baril was there representing Extension and the Auburn University School of Forestry.
  • Possible Fall 2014 Landowner/Logger training or field day.  The Council is willing to assist with local logistics including food, postage, meeting rooms, and equipment.  However, at this time, the council will need additional team member resources in order to conduct a training this fall.  
  • Possible tour or educational workshop in 2015 to focus on shortleaf pine establishment and management.  Interesting work is being conducted on this species here in the Bankhead.  
  • Resource Allocation Committee (RAC) Three council members have applied to be members on the RAC.  
  • Hamner Park in Arley is being updated by the Arley Women's Club, and part of the improvements will include signs about protecting watersheds and water quality.  The signs were provided through funds from the Rock Creek Watershed Grant.
  • Allison noted that the Department of Conservation, through the Hunter Education Program is promoting Archery Parks such as the one that is located in Cullman. 
  • The Bankhead National Forest has been awarded a grant through the National Wild Turkey Foundation to control invasive plant species on the district.
  • The Bankhead National Forest is supporting efforts to control wildfires in the western U. S.  The following district employees have been involved in this work and have traveled out west:  Kerry Clark, Craig Moore, Aaron Pirkle, Mike Cook, Jody Tetlow, Randall White, Gaylon McGraw, Lorenzo Walton, Dave Casey, and Brian Henley.
Mike Henshaw

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August Council Meeting

The August meeting of the Winston County Natural Resources Council will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, August July 21, at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs.