Bankhead National Forest Host Double Springs Students For Outdoor Classroom
On Tuesday, May 12, about 70 Double Springs 6th graders visited the Payne Creek Shortleaf Pine Demonstration Area and Outdoor Classroom. The students got into the woods for a day of learning and fun on the Bankhead National Forest. Students learned about efforts to restore the shortleaf pine ecosystem in the south and how timber harvesting, silvicultural practices, and prescribed fire are used in those restoration efforts. Students also learned about local wildlife and the benefits of forest management on native wildlife. A learning station on archaeology enlightened students on people living in the Bankhead National Forest in the past. The day ended with a hike to Payne Creek Canyon to view bluffs, a waterfall, rock house and unique plants growing along the stream.
Special thanks to everyone who made the day possible including the teachers and students in Winston County, the Bankhead National Forest staff, the Winston County Natural Resources Council for financial support, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.