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.
For every hiker, there are trails at the top of their bucket list.
For example, in Alabama everyone has the Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness or the iconic Walls of Jericho on their list. These trails, if you begin them early enough in the morning, can be hiked in a day. For the longer hikes, the gold standard for our state is the Pinhoti Trail. The Alabama section is 171 miles. It’s our connector to the historic Appalachian Trail.
Yesterday, Bham Now traveled downtown to check out how Urban Standard was doing after their fire on Thursday morning.
The street in front of the popular and iconic coffeehouse on 2nd Avenue North had 3 bright green SERVPRO trucks parked alongside the entrance. The doors were locked, but you could see SERVPRO (a company that specializes in cleaning up and repairing water damage) employees working inside the coffeehouse through the windows.
Urban Standard has started posting updates on their Facebook page (below) and other social media outlets about the fire damage and their recovery efforts.
Here is a link to Urban Standard’s Facebook page for future updates.
Everyone is grateful no one was injured from the fire and we all eagerly await Urban Standard’s re-opening.
There has been an outpouring of stories this week honoring the life of Alabama’s former Governor Albert Brewer, who passed away Monday at 88.
A truly remarkable person, Brewer was a champion for education, constitutional reform and good government. He founded the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the most respected public policy organization in the state.