3 ways you can become an Alabama State Parks champion

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King’s Chair at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo from the Alabama State Park Facebook page

When you enter Oak Mountain State Park, the entrance road is called John Findlay, III Drive. Have you ever wondered, who was John Findlay, III?  A park ranger? An Alabama state legislator or local politician in the area? A former landowner? None of the above.  

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7 firing ranges + 3 ways to learn to shoot safely in Birmingham

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David McCullough of Central Alabama Firearms Training at the Irondale Police Department Firing Range. Photo via Facebook

People from all sorts of different backgrounds like to practice shooting for a variety of different reasons: hunting, personal or home protection, sport and more. If you’re looking to find a place to practice your aim in Birmingham, there’s no shortage of shooting ranges to choose from. Keep reading to find out all the details, plus three organizations that will help you learn to shoot safely.

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Despite a 5-fold return on investment, Forever Wild needs your help. See what you can do now.

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Fishing in Alabama. Photo courtesy of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Matt Ragland

Last year, on the 25th anniversary of the Forever Wild program, a study found that for every $1 invested in land conservation by the Forever Wild program, there is a $5 return on that investment in natural goods and services. That includes benefits such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and clean water.

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Forever Wild turns 26. How Alabama established one of the greatest conservation programs in the state’s history

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Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from Alabamians for Forever Wild.

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.

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Who pays for conservation in Alabama? You won’t believe the answer.

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Alabama State Lake opening in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Eighty plus years ago, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, previously called Game and Fish Division, began a program to bring back deer and wild turkey from the brink of extinction. Now, deer and turkey are abundant.

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