Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 5 to November 11, 2016

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Bham Now – Keep Your ‘Butts in Your Seats’ and Other Ways to Help Our Drought

Bham Now – Don’t let the Sink Drip or it could Cost You

Bham Now – Bham Bicycle Paths for the Cycler in You

Bham Now – State Parks Amendment 2 wins in landslide – Yes vote nears 80%

Alabama Forestry Commission – ‘No Burn’ Order Expanded to All Alabama Counties

WBHM –New “Nutritional Labels” For Trails Go Up At Oak Mountain
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State Parks Amendment 2 wins in landslide – Yes vote nears 80%

DeSoto State Park

According to the latest unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s website, State Parks Amendment 2 garnered 79.80 percent of the votes in favor of the constitutional amendment.

The tally with 61 of the 67 counties reporting:

Yes – 1,267,557  – 79.80%

No – 320,856 – 20.20%

Amendment 2 was the top vote-getter among the 14 constitutional amendments astonishingly receiving 212,000 more “yes” votes than any other ballot measure.

“Alabamians have once again shown their support for our state parks. This is a tremendous win for conservation and for our state’s most precious places,” stated Tammy Herrington, Executive Director, Conservation Alabama in an email to supporters.

“I’m with her” or we are going to win “bigly” – where to watch election results in Birmingham

So, you support Trump “bigly” and can’t wait to “Make America Great Again.”  

Or, are you a “I’m with her” – “Stronger Together” Hillary supporter?

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 29 to November 4, 2016

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Moss Rock Festival this weekend – November 5-6 in Hoover

Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.

In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.

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Remembering Shane Hulsey – River hero

Shane Hulsey
Shane Hulsey

It is hard to believe that Shane Hulsey passed away 10 years ago. I was reminded of his passing yesterday when his sisters Sierra and Ashley posted a beautiful video in his memory for a contest to raise funds for the Hulsey Little River Trust – a land trust founded in honor of him. 

Here is the video and the link to the contest.  As they say, vote early and often till November 18th.

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Bham Now interview with Bloomberg’s Justin Fox

Bloomberg View's Justin Fox
Bloomberg View’s Justin Fox

Yesterday, Bloomberg View columnist and former Birmingham News reporter and writer Justin Fox delivered a presentation to the Rotary Club of Birmingham about the U.S. Economy and the upcoming Presidential election.

This afternoon, Bham Now’s Pat Byington caught up with Fox at Rushton Park on Birmingham’s Southside to talk about Birmingham, the state of Alabama and a little politics, including how the financial markets will react to Clinton and Trump.

Here is the link to the Bham Now’s Facebook page with the  “Facebook Live interview.”

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Brother can you spare a quarter? Why is gas cheaper in the burbs?

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While driving down Highway 280 last night, I was taken aback at the price of gasoline.  Traveling south just past the Best Buy/Target shopping area, I spotted this BP/Circle K (below) selling gas at $1.93 a gallon.  It wasn’t a fluke. Further down Highway 280 there were additional stations selling regular gas between $1.93 to $1.99.

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Birmingham Civil Rights National Park petition surpasses 10,000

Three pastors monument at Kelly Ingram Park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District
Three pastors monument at Kelly Ingram Park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District

A petition supporting the establishment of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park topped 10,000 signatures nationwide this week.

Last week, the petition and the National Park proposal gained momentum as a result of a visit and public hearing held by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to consider designating places around the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District a National Park.

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Support for Freedom Riders National Park growing (slideshow)

Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
  • Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.

Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.  

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