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Cawaco exists to assist people and institutions to conserve, protect and develop the natural resources within its five county region. Cawaco RC&D provides grants to public entities and non-profits within Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties.

Join us in Mobile for the 2014 National Conference and take part in the festivities and Mardi Gras parade while learning about Resource, Conservation & Development Councils all over the Country!

The Alabama Trails Conference is at Lake Guntersville State Park April 10-11, 2014.

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Greg Pate New State Forester

Alabama native Greg Pate was sworn in by Governor Robert Bentley as Alabama’s new State Forester on February 18, 2014. He brings with him over 30 years of professional forestry experience to the Alabama Forestry Commission, including 25 years in state government and the remainder in the private sector.
            Originally from Anniston and a graduate of Walter Wellborn High School, Pate received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management in 1981 from Auburn University. He began his career as a contractor with forestry consultants. Then in 1988, he joined the North Carolina Forest Service spending the next 25 years in various capacities including forest management, fire suppression, as well as nursery and genetics. He served as Regional Forester for five years in the Coastal Plain Region. The culmination of his career in North Carolina came in 2012 when he was named as that state’s ninth State Forester. Currently a registered forester in both Alabama and North Carolina, Pate also holds the distinction of being one of only a few people who have held the position of State Forester in two states.
 
The new State Forester credits his wife Mary in playing an integral part of his forestry career. They and their three children are heavily involved in church, community, and school activities.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a great agency like the Alabama Forestry Commission and appreciate the confidence placed in me by the Commissioners and Governor Bentley,” said Pate. “Along with our over 250 employees statewide, I will continue to work with our landowners and forest industry, as well as other natural resources agencies and organizations to ensure that Alabama’s forest resource remains a top economic driver in the state.”
 

The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama’s forest resources using professionally applied stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state’s forests contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a healthy economy. To learn more about the AFC, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov.

While his wife, Mary, holds the Bible, Greg Pate is
sworn in as Alabama’s new State Forester by Governor Robert Bentley. They are surrounded by daughter, Georgia, and sons, Jackson and Matthew
.
 

Tips for Success in Competing for FEMA grants:

1. Vulnerability Statement
·  Research and clearly summarize the vulnerability that the project will address.
·  Reflect on and compassionately write about the steps taken to determine the vulnerability and how the target population was identified.
·  Make sure to research recent statistics that support your project’s need and the audience that you’re targeting for services.
2. Implementation Plan 
· Clearly and correctly write your goals and objectives and discuss the methodology and steps to achieve them.
· Include strategic planning partners in your marketing efforts implementation narrative.
· Present project milestones to illustrate how the materials or deliverables will be distributed.
3. Evaluation Plan 
· While goals are not typically supposed to be measurable, this grant application does ask you to identify measurable goals and to determine the effectiveness of the project. Remember, to insert numbers and percentages into your goals statements.
· Write about the methodology for measuring the success of your project. Think about how you will collect the evaluation data and how the outcome that you anticipate is directly related to your project.
4. Cost Benefit 
·  Your project must demonstrate a high benefit for the dollars that you are asking FEMA to invest.
·  The costs must be reasonable for your specific target population.
·  Finish this narrative section with a credible justification for the budget line items.
5. Sustainability 
· Critical to the entire application is your ability to sustain the FEMA-funded project beyond the grant performance period. Talk to your governing body and come up with a solid plan for maintenance on equipment, or starting a capital fire services equipment fund or seeking private sector grants to maintain what FEMA has started.
· Write about your project’s potential for long-term benefits including details on how this sustainability goal will be accomplished.
 

2014 National RC&D Conference in Mobile AL!

 

Come join us on Mobile Bay! It's alive, it kicks, dances, shakes, laughs, respects its history and then takes you in its arms and lulls you to sleep with the breath of a gentle gulf breeze. Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory and nestled on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, few other cities can boast such a rich history and prime location. Visitors marvel at the sheer beauty of the city — the breathtaking sunsets, lush foliage, spectacular historic and modern architecture, amazing museums, diverse arts and culture, and famous seafood creations. We can't wait to see you!
 

Dates

Sunday, June 1, 2014  through Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Registration  

Sunday, June 1, 2014     1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Riverview Renaissance Plaza Hotel on the second floor…….up the escalator across from the hotel registration desk.

Opening Reception

Be sure to join us Sunday June 1, 2014 in the courtyard of the hotel facing S. Royal Street at 5:30 for a Mardi Gras Parade.  The famous Excelsior Band will be leading us the three blocks to the Museum of Mobile for our evening reception!

Agenda

Click here for a DRAFT version of the agenda.  Please note this is subject to change.  Check back for updated versions.

Tours

Where to start?  We have lined up some very interesting tours of the area from shopping in the unique quaint city of Fairhope to an all out tour of the Delta aboard the “Osprey.”   Be sure to select your tour of choice on the registration form.  Lunch and snacks will be provided on all tours.  The buses will return to the hotel by 6 pm for a 6:45 departure to the Battleship for dinner.

Cawaco has FREE seeds for community and school gardens!
 

Cawaco has FREE seeds for community and school gardens!

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE SEEDS, PLEASE EMAIL Patti Pennington at grantfunds@live.com THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

· GARDEN SIZE
· GARDEN LOCATION...
· # OF VOLUNTEERS
· CONTACT PERSON
· PURPOSE OF GARDEN (COMMUNITY NEED, EDUCATION, ETC.)
· WHO GETS THE PRODUCE AFTER HARVEST?
· WHAT TYPES OF SEEDS DO YOU PREFER?

*** PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL TRY TO GET YOU THE SEEDS YOU REQUEST BUT IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE**

IF YOU INTEND TO DISTRIBUTE THEM TO OTHER COMMUNITY GARDENS, PLEASE PROVIDE A LIST FOR OUR RECORDS
YOUTH BUILD GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Approximately $73M in YouthBuild grants to help disadvantaged youth
develop job and leadership skills made available by US Labor Department.

If you are a non-profit or municipality and lack staff or resources to apply for federal grants, call us! We can help to write and administer your grants for a small fee. 205-623-0458, or email grantfunds@live.com.

To find out more about this grant opportunity, click here

FEMA - AFG
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

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The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) that enhance public and firefighter safety from fire and fire related hazards. The goal is to prevent injury and death in high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress authorized funding for FP&S with more eligible uses to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.

Research institutions applying for research and deveolopment grants are required to have fire service partners that support project efforts from design to implementation of results. Research projects include:

  • Clinical Studies
  • Technology and Product Development
  • Database System Development, and Dissemination and Implementation Research
This program emphasises research that yields results that can be applied to improved firefighter safety, wellness, and health.

 

Contact: AFG
Next Deadline: March 21, 2014
Category: Government

NEWS FROM THE ALABAMA WILDLIFE FEDERATION

 NEW Activities Workshops...CLICK HERE!
March 11: Morgan County Extension Office in Hartselle
March 12: Etowah County Extension Office in Gadsden
March 19: Covington County Extension Office in Andalusia
April 17: AWF Headquarters in Millbrook (Elmore Co.)
        Each workshop will begin at 9 am and end by 3 pm.
Cawaco Chairman Paul McCaleb visited with Senator Dickie Drake and Representative Jim Carnes at the Legislative Reception held in Montgomery on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
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