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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Alabama State Parks are going virtual—why it’s awesome

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My face when I see people not social distancing. Photo via Alabama State Park Division’s Facebook.

Just about the only thing, we CAN do right now is go outside—at least it’s spring. However, not everyone is able to travel to Birmingham’s beautiful state parks in response to COVID-19 precautions. Luckily, they’ve worked hard to bring the park to you with virtual resources like park tours, online animal encounters and more.

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Alabama State Parks commemorating Alabama Bicentennial with FREE park admission July 19

View from Bald Rock at Cheaha State Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

July 19 is your chance to explore nature at Alabama’s state parks for free. Our state boasts some beautiful parks, and many of them aren’t too far from Birmingham.

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1,367,434 “yes” votes – State Parks Amendment top vote-getter in Alabama

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State Parks Amendment 2 was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Alabama elections with 1,367,434 “yes” votes,  according to the latest reports on the Secretary of State website.  

The popular constitutional amendment that protects State Park funding, outperformed all statewide contested and uncontested candidates and the other 13 amendments.

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.