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CAWACO NEWS- Fall 2014


News you can use for Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties of Alabama

Cawaco RC&D is a non-profit dedicated to providing and coordinating leadership and parterships to promote conservation, development and sustained use of our natural and human resources. 









 
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PROJECT UPDATES

 

1. Your Town Alabama

On September 8, Cawaco Executive Director Kellie Johnston presented a Natural Resource presentation at Your Town Alabama at Camp McDowell. Cawaco constantly strives to promote the wise and thoughtful development of our natural resources, and has helped to fund the Your Town Alabama program for several years. Your Town is a workshop for community leaders and planners. To learn more about Your Town, go here: http://www.yourtownalabama.com/
If you would like Kellie to present "Planning for Natural Resources" to your group, please call us at 205-623-0147

2. Jackson Olin Hoop House Fall Planting

Employees and Board members receiving prestigious National Award.


We  went to Jackson Olin High School on October 2, along with Senator Linda Coleman, James Currington of Wiregrass RC&D, and Mr. Khan of Tuskegee Institute, as the students prepared the hoop house for the fall planting. 
It was a privilege to meet Senator Coleman, and learn about her passion for both gardening and education. We extend our deep appreciation to Wiregrass RC&D, Mr. Khan and Senator Coleman for making this project a success.  
 

3. Visit with Walker County Center of Technology

Renona Seibert receives award
We were in Jasper on Thursday September 12, checking out the shop at WCCT. Since the Electrathon race at Barbers in April, the team entered another race and came in third!
Their plans for the future are to design and build electric cars themselves. We are very impressed with this shop, complete with engine and body shop plus a computer lab. These teachers are striving for excellence and sustainability and Cawaco is proud to support education and job development!— at Walker County Center of Technology.

4. Blount County Radio-A-Thon

On September 25, we went to Oneonta to participate in the yearly fundraiser for the Blount County Education Foundation! Patti Pennington and Representative (and former Board Member) David  Standridge were interviewed. Cawaco has been a proud supporter of the Education Foundations summer programs in 2013 and 2014. 
We are privileged to work with such strong local leaders and Blount County legislators!

5. Little Shades Creek

The bank of Little Shades Creek in Vestavia in 2008
On August 21, (the hottest day of the year), Kellie Johnston and Patti Pennington met with Vestavia Hills City Engineer Chris Brady, City Manager Jeff Downs, and Goodwyn Mills and Cawood Environmental Engineer William McLemore to assess the Little Shades Creek stream segment Cawaco restored in 2009. 
Learn more about this project here: http://www.cleanwaterpartnership.org/uploadedFiles/File/portfolio_Document_1270133977.pdf 

 Click here to review a list of approved grants for 2015.

Board Member Spotlight- Judge Chris Green, Blount County

Meet Judge Chris Green of Blount County. He serves on the Cawaco Personnel and Executive Committees.
 
Chris is both a Blount County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman. He has also served as the Blount County Revenue Commissioner and Blount County Administrator.
 Chris loves to go fishing, especially along the Beautiful Locust Fork River.  He also enjoys music.
”I love to play the fiddle and often get together with friends for a little front porch music jam.” He says.  Chris is also active in his church and enjoys being the music leader at First Baptist Church Cleveland, Alabama.
 
I asked Chris how he came to know Cawaco RC&D, and he told me, “I became involved with CAWACO while serving as the Blount County Administrator. I appreciate the fact that CAWACO is very involved in projects that preserve our environment and provide increased recreational opportunities for our citizens.”  He then added, “CAWACO has assisted in multiple projects to improve our County Parks such as; making our restrooms handicap assessable, providing for a special trail to identify native trees and roof repairs to park buildings just to name a few. CAWACO has also assisted in many projects for properly equipping our volunteer fire departments.”

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Grants for Invasive Plant Removal/ Education: 

The Alabama Invasive Plant Council is soliciting grant proposals for non-native invasive plant projects in the State of Alabama. The intent of this grant is to provide funding to organizations or individuals who wish to educate the public about non-native invasive plants and their effects on the environment, and/or to conduct small-scale activities for controlling noxious weeds. Proposals will be accepted from individuals, public or private nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

The application form may be found on the Alabama Invasive Plant Council website (www.se-eppc.org/alabama). Requests for funding should not exceed $1500

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

 The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) invites you to register for a FREE Seminar: “Economic & Community Development Incentives: Nuts & Bolts and Small Town Perspectives”.  Have you registered yet?  We’ve had an excellent group register already – so if you plan to register, you need to send your registration soon to marthawhitson@gmail.com!  The DEADLINE to register is October 29!!
  
When:
November 6, 2014 – 10:00 am – 1:30 pm – Lunch is included!  Registration is required!
 
Where:
Alabama Power Conference Center – Clanton, AL
2030 7th Street South
Clanton, AL   35045
 
Registration:
There is no fee for the seminar, however registration is REQUIRED due to limited seating and meal counts.
 Deadline to Register: October 29th!
 
DON’T WAIT – Make your reservation TODAY!
 AWF has plenty of spaces left for administrators, teachers, Extension Agents and others to attend the "HOW TO SUSTAIN AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM" 

At this workshop you will learn about free resources and technical assistance provided through the Alabama Outdoor Classroom (AOC) Program and its partners that help schools create and maintain a sustainable outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities for students.

Participants will receive a free copy of the Alabama Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide along with 5.5 Continuing Education Units.
For more details, CLICK HERE to download the Workshop Registration Form!
Of interest to Forest Owners:  Read “Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Forestry: Why is Implementation So Important and Stressed So Much?” authored by Jim Jeter. A must-read article focusing on connections between healthy forests and clean water. 
Find out whats going on at Alabama State Parks here.
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