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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Update: Local, regional and national coverage on the Shelby county Colonial Pipeline explosion

Photo from Alabama EMA twitter feed
Photo from Alabama EMA twitter feed

Below is a compilation of local, regional, and national news stories on the Colonial pipeline explosion that occurred yesterday in Shelby county.

According to a Colonial Pipeline statement and multiple media reports, a contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire. One person died at the scene and five others were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 22-28, 2016

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The drought continues to grow. State Parks Amendment 2 sparks debate. Anniston and Birmingham inch closer to designating National Parks with a visit from Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

And of course, Halloween is fast approaching, so the weekend is filled with wonderfully “scary” events and fundraisers.

A very busy week.

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Freedom rider Hank Thomas calls on Park Service to consecrate Anniston bus burning site as “holy ground”

Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.  

The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park.  The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.

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Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham

Here comes the sun Birmingham!

Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building
Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building

Yesterday, our friends at Eagle Solar and Light sent us the schedule for Birmingham’s very first Solar Home Tour.

Interest in solar powered homes and businesses is “growing” exponentially in the Magic City.  Here are the details and most importantly the hour by hour day long schedule from their press release: Continue reading “Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham”

Opponents to State Park Amendment 2 claim privatization. Amendment 2 supporters disagree

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DeSoto Falls at DeSoto State Park

Well, this is surprising.

Amendment 2, the proposed Constitutional Amendment to protect State Park funding, has experienced since its passage in April, 2016, virtually universal support from every corner of the state.

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The perils and advantages of Birmingham urban wildlife – opossums

That was some “funky” smell in my garage this morning…. walked over to see if I had left something in my garbage can that hard spoiled (like milk or eggs) and there she was staring right back at me. A opossum.  And yes… I jumped!

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A Southside Birmingham  opossum

Ahh, the perils of urban wildlife.

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Connect to Your Coast and the Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center on October 27th

Connect to Your Coast
Kreher Ecology Preserve and Nature Center’s award winning playground

Support YOUR Coast and YOUR Nature Preserve!

The Alabama Coastal Foundation  Connect to Your Coast Tour (they have been in Gadsden and Tuscaloosa this past month) is teaming up  with the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center this Thursday, October 27th for some good  BBQ  and an opportunity to learn about the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve Alabama’s coast.

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