Celebrate Arbor Week in Alabama! Help us find a Champion Tree in Birmingham

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Alabama Champion Tree, Southern Shagbark Hickory, photo fro Alabama Forestry Commission

This week, the Alabama Forestry Commission is encouraging all Alabamians to celebrate and observe Arbor Week February 19 to February 25. Proclamations, tree plantings, and seedling distributions will mark the week for most all the 82 communities recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation across the State of Alabama.

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National coalition features Alabama Land and Water Conservation Fund projects

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Photo of Little River Canyon 2017 – by Pat Byington, Bham Now

This week, the national Land Water Conservation Fund Coalition highlighted conservation projects throughout the state of Alabama in its efforts to renew the 52 year old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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Recycling is one of Alabama’s most important industries for new jobs

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Employees at KW Plastics in Troy, Alabama, photo from the KW Plastics website

What are Alabama’s most important job producing industries? Automotive manufacturing or the steel industry? Perhaps agriculture and forestry? Chances are, the recycling industry would not make anyone’s list.

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Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission honored for support of Oak Mountain State Park

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Alabama Wildlife Center was honored by Alabama State Parks during their annual Eagle Awards ceremony

This past weekend, Alabama State Parks honored the Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission for their contributions to Oak Mountain State Park at the second annual Eagle Awards ceremony which was held at Guntersville State Park.

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Local annual reports from Red Mountain Park, Cahaba River Society and Coosa Riverkeeper

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Students from the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program, photo from the Cahaba River Society

One of the best signs of a healthy non-profit nature organization is their release of an annual report.  Last month, Red Mountain Park, Cahaba River Society and Coosa Riverkeeper posted their 2017 annual reports online.

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Why is Birmingham so far behind in recycling?

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The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991

The numbers have improved ever so slightly over the past decade. But, according to the latest Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Solid Waste Biennial Report released in 2016, Alabama recycles less than 16% of its waste. The national recycling rate is 34.3%.

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Roll out the red carpet. Cahaba River Society is honoring rare snail

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Oblong Rocksnail, photo by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

January and February is award season.  The Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammys. On Thursday, February 1st, the Cahaba River Society (CRS) is going to hold their own special awards ceremony and roll out the red carpet for…. the Oblong rocksnail.

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