|Beekeepers Charles Brannon (yellow shirt) and Billy Pratt|
(holding poster) teach students about forest pollinators.
Photo by Johnna Franks, AFC.
Items discussed included:
- FAWN program overview- 312 students total for both days, 13 teachers attended, over 30 volunteers assisted with the program. Enrollment was down for the schools, but we had a few more home-school students that attended. Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association may help sponsor some of the expenses from this year's FAWN program.
- Houston Recreation Area may be closed in the future, but the Forest Service is committed to continuing the FAWN program. They will work with the Council to find another site, if necessary.
- A landowner survey is in progress by the American Forest Foundation. They are conducting focus groups across the state to learn how to motivate more private forestland owners to actively manage their forests. Results of this survey will be shared with other organizations.
- North Region Forestry Field Day/Landowner Tour was held recently and at least one Winston County landowner attended. He reported that it was an excellent tour.
- A QuickBooks financial recordkeeping course will be held in Haleyville. The course would be helpful for any small business or farm, that needs to keep good financial records. The 2 1/2 hour classes will be taught on three Tuesday evenings starting on November 3, 2015. For more information call Mike Henshaw at (205) 489-5376.
- Tripp Gaskins, silviculturist, told us that he has accepted a position on the Francis Marion National Forest in his native South Carolina. Tripp has been a tremendous asset on many of the Council's activities, and we certainly hope his move to South Carolina goes smoothly.