Sick of politics? Here is a reason to be excited to vote – Protect your State Parks in November

Tired of the Presidential Campaigns?  Turned off on politics?

Well, here is one very good reason to vote on November 8th in Alabama.

Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment 2 to protect Alabama State Parks funding.

Since 2012, $15 million has been transferred away (mostly guest fees) from our State Parks System causing a fiscal crisis.  Constitutional Amendment 2 bans the transfer insuring that our State Parks are protected and permanently funded.

Checkout some of the new cool activities at Alabama’s State Parks.

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Birmingham is the “Soccer Capital of the South” this weekend

Birmingham will become the “Soccer Capital of the South” this weekend with 232 soccer teams from 7-8 different states participating in this year’s Birmingham Bash. 

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The annual Birmingham Bash Soccer Tournament hosted by the Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA) will take place October 1st and 2nd at 7 different venues in Shelby County and Southern Jefferson County.

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The Cahaba River Frydown – Celebrate clean drinking water and make room for some catfish

One of the can’t miss events of the Fall, the Cahaba River Frydown.

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Joe Watts named “top bird” at Birmingham Audubon

 

 

Joe Watts, new President at the Birmingham Audubon Society
Joe Watts, new President at the Birmingham Audubon Society

Longtime community advocate and leader in the Alabama Scenic Byways movement, Joe Watts has been elected President of the Birmingham Audubon Society.

Pictures via Joe Watts Facebook page
Pictures via Joe Watts Facebook page

Watts leads the 70 year old Birmingham institution which has been experiencing a renaissance in the past few years with the hiring of an executive director, staff and the establishment of a permanent office.

Checkout their impressive 2015-16 Annual report.

So… that’s where the “Protect Our Environment” car tag money goes

When you drive around the state of Alabama, one of the most popular “vanity” car tags is this one:

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Most people don’t know that the organization in charge of these car tags have been around for more than 20 years, supporting environmental education programs throughout the state.

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Birmingham Girl Scout champions State Parks

Maggie Hoaglund Photo Credit: Kelly D Photography
Maddie Hoaglund
Photo Credit: Kelly D Photography

Birmingham Girl Scout Maddie Hoaglund is going for gold – the Girl Scout Gold Award.   And the winner will not only be her, but also Alabama’s State Parks, our environment and the people of Alabama.

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In today’s al.com Hoaglaud penned an opinion piece about the “Love Your State Parks Day” event she has organized at Oak Mountain State Park,  raise awareness about the upcoming vote on the State Parks Constitutional Amendment, and to say “thank you” to all the people that work at the state parks.

Check out Hoaglaud’s op-ed – here

And don’t miss the Love Your State Parks Day at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, September 24th.