Thursday, August 31, 2017

Forest Service Waives Campground Fees for those Displaced by Hurricane Flooding

Addition information from Allison Cochran, Acting Ranger - Bankhead National Forest:
Please be aware that the Forest Service is waiving camping fees for individuals displaced by recent flooding.  While Owl Creek Horse camp isn’t listed, we would include it in the fee waiver for displaced individuals.
Thank you,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tony Avery Recognized for 37 years of Service to Alabama Forestry Commission

Robert Clement, on left, presents Tony Avery with a drip torch at
his retirement reception honoring 37 + years of service to AFC.
Photo by Johnna Franks.

Pine Beetle Infestation Report on WSFA

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Source:  WSFA 12 News

Johnna Franks shared this story that aired on WSFA in Montgomery.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minutes of August Council Meeting

The Winston County Natural Resources Council met on August 17, at the U. S. Forest Service in Double Springs.  The following members were present:  Jeremy McDonald, J. D. Snoddy, Johnna Franks, Kerry Clark, Travis McDonald, Mike Henshaw, Kerri Roberts, Andy Baril, Casey Hammack, and Allison Cochran.

The following items were discussed:

  • FAWN program.  Ideas for t-shirt designs were discussed.  Jeremy had some examples of designs.  Johnna will check vendors for prices and select the art work.
  • Cogongrass spot are still being found across the county.  About 20 new spots have shown up this season, most of them on road right-of-ways.  We ask that all agencies, road departments, and private landowners work together to treat every spot that is found.  
  • Allison said that over 100 pine beetle infestations have been identified, and that they are active spots.  The Forest Service is looking to treat these active outbreaks.  There have also been serious outbreaks on Mississippi National Forests.
  • The Winston County Soil and Water Conservation District contributed $600 to the council, part of which will be used for the FAWN Program.
  • J. D. offered to contact the Mountain Lakes Tourism Association about sponsoring FAWN.
  • The Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association will be approached about sponsoring the FAWN program again this year.
  • The council needs a logo to be used on t-shirts and other promotional materials.
  • We have vacant officer positions at the Chairman and Vice Chairman positions.  Members are encouraged to volunteer for these positions.
Mike Henshaw, Secretary

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 17 Meeting of the WCNRC

The Winston County Natural Resources Council will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, at the U. S. Forest Service Office in Double Springs.  Agenda topics include:

FAWN Program planned for October 3-4
T-shirts for FAWN-possible designs and sponsor logos
Resource Advisory Committee proposal from Winston County
Possible election of vacant council officer positions

Look forward to seeing you there!

Mike Henshaw, Secretary

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 FAWN Dates

After consulting with the various schools, we have dates for the 2017 FAWN Program for Winston County Schools:

Double Springs, Addison, and Meek Schools Tuesday, October 3

Haleyville and Lynn Schools Wednesday, October 4

We’ll be sending out detailed program agendas soon, but please mark down these dates.


Mike Henshaw
Secretary, WCNRC

Wednesday, August 2, 2017