Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
The former Ensley High School, located at 2301 Avenue J in Ensley, was severely damaged when it caught fire this morning. According to various news reports approximately 50 city of Birmingham firefighters fought the fire.
In 1992, Alabama had the least amount of public land set aside for conservation and wildlife in the South. The state of Alabama had no plan or programs to expand parks, nature preserves and wildlife areas. For more than a century, Alabama attempted to preserve and protect our natural treasures. It was crumbling and disappearing. Twenty-six years ago the people of Alabama changed that trend through the establishment of the Forever Wild program.
Last month, Bham Now reported that the City of Homewood had decided to preserve the unearthed trolley tracks and brick down the center of Broadway street in the Edgewood neighborhood. The project is now complete.
Over the next two weekends, three important “can’t miss” July outdoor conservation events have been scheduled by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain.
What a celebration! Despite a few summer afternoon pop-up showers, 4th of July events in Birmingham went off without a hitch. Bham Now did its part visiting American Village, watching UAB’s Community Band and Thunder on the Mountain. We even got to catch a glimpse of Vulcan’s new light show.