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Cawaco Project Update:

Electrathon 2014



This is Walker County Center of Technology driving the Cawaco car, on April 7, 2014 in the Electric Car race at Barber Motorsports Park. All RC&D Councils in the state sponsored a car in the race. Read the story and see the photos that was published at here
Read the story that was published in the Daily Mountain Eagle here.

Project Update:

Hoop House at Jackson Olin HS

In another state-wide project, a hoop house was erected at Jackson Olin High School in North Birmingham. On Friday, April 4, the ground was tilled and plants were installed. Thanks to James Currington of Wiregrass RC&D, Eddie May of Coosa Valley RC&D, and Mr. Khan of the Tuskegee Institute.

The purpose of the hoop house is to create a "hands-on" outdoor classroom laboratory.  These Tunnel Houses will teach food production practices, health food safety systems, nutritional and food choices, while reinforcing science education.

April 26: Household Hazardous Waste Day

Funding for paint recycling provided by Cawaco RC&D

On April 26, beginning at 8AM, there will be a household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at McClendon Park at Legion Field. Address: 400 Graymont Ave. West, Birmingham AL
This collection day will assist the public in the responsible disposal of hazardous items such as:
  • Paint
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Electronics
  • Refrigerators
  • Batteries
  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Motor Oil

2014 Alabama Trails Conference

Guntersville State Park Lodge

The Alabama Trails Conference took place April 10-11, 2014 at beautiful Guntersville State Park Lodge. Charles Yeager, manager of the Cawaco tool trailer, and Glenn Littleton, Cahaba CWP Facilitator, attended the conference on behalf of Cawaco.

The Cawaco tool trailer was parked outside the Lodge during the Alabama Trails Conference. The trailer, equipped with tools designed to create and maintain trails, is available to volunteer groups. To find out more, call Charles Yeager at 205-680-4116
Learn about the new mountain bike trail at Coldwater Mountain in Anniston! See the video here.

Board Member Spotlight

Gerald Arrington

Gerald Arrington is one of Cawaco's newest Board Members, and manager of Minooka Park, an off-highway vehicle park owned by Chilton County
When I asked Gerald what his hoobies were, he replied, " I am interested in boating, golf, fishing, hunting, and watching/attending Auburn football games!"

Gerald first became aware of Cawaco when he applied for- and received- a Cawaco grant for signage, fish feeders, and fishing gear to be used at the eight acre fishing lake at Minooka Park

Gerald tells me he feels strongly about the Cawaco projects that affect the largest number of people in the community, especially young people.  He's also  interested in projects that preserve the environment and get individuals involved in outdoor activities.
Gerald is a native of Chilton County and graduated from Chilton County High School in 1981.  He graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration/Industrial management.  He has a  wife, Kim, and  two sons Mitch age 24 and Will age 20.

Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost-Share Program Announced

for Alabama’s Forest Landowners 

For a limited time, financial assistance is being offered to help non-industrial private forest landowners protect pine stands from their number one cause of mortality, bark beetle infestation. Approximately $160,000 is allocated for this Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Prevention cost-share program, which is administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. The program’s main objective is to prevent SPB outbreaks in Alabama forests by helping landowners reduce the susceptibility of their pines to the deadly pests.
Cost-share applications are available at local county offices of the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). Interested forest landowners must return completed applications to the local AFC county office by the deadline of Friday, May 30, 2014.
Existing loblolly, shortleaf, or Virginia pine stands that are 10 to 100 acres in size are eligible for an incentive payment under this cost-share program. Forest management activities funded under the program include pre-commercial thinning and prescribed burning of pine stands. The incentive cost is $80 per acre for pre-commercial thinning of overstocked and high SPB hazard pine stands and $10 per acre for understory burning of high SPB hazard pine stands. If a borax treatment is used while conducting a pre-commercial thinning on a pine stand, the incentive cost is $90 per acre. Landowners that apply for the cost-share program must receive pre-approval from the AFC before initiating the management practice.
Southern pine beetles are the primary killer of pines in Alabama, with unmanaged and overcrowded stands of southern pines susceptible to attack. Epidemic populations of this bark beetle occur periodically in the state, destroying hundreds of acres of pines. If not controlled, these expanding populations can devastate entire stands causing millions of dollars in damage.
For additional inquiries, contact AFC Forest Health Coordinator Dana Stone by telephone at (334) 240-9363 or email at
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 or locate the nearest county office, visit

Forever Wild to Update Long- Range Plan

Your Input Is Needed!

For more than two decades, the Forever Wild Land Trust has worked to preserve
Alabama’s natural heritage and expand the acres of public lands, so that present and future generations can enjoy quality-of-life opportunities in the outdoors. And so that you can enjoy them – because these lands are your public lands to enjoy. We want your feedback for future Forever Wild land acquisitions as well as new potential outdoor activities on currently-held Forever Wild lands.

 On behalf of the Forever Wild Land Trust Board of Trustees, the Alabama State Lands Division hosted three public listening sessions in 2014 to assist in the development of a long-range plan for the Forever Wild Land Trust program. To ensure Forever Wild meets our goals for the future,we welcome and encourage ideas and feedback Find out more here. 
Find out whats going on at Alabama State Parks here.
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