Here are Alabama’s next 10 natural wonders and how you can help protect them

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White-topped pitcher plants and Forever Wild’s Splinter Hill Bog. Photo by Billy Pope.

Twenty-three years ago, the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) ushered in one of the greatest periods of conservation in Alabama history. What did designating 10 Natural Wonders across the state achieve? Take a look.

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75 trees planted in East Lake Park thanks to Ruffner Mountain, Nature Conservancy, and neighbors (8 photos)

Tree planting at East Lake Park on November 16, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there,” ~ Quote from conservationist Gary Snyder

Literally, “digging in” – neighbors and supporters of historic East Lake Park planted 75 trees on Saturday morning, November 16, as part of a urban forest restoration program championed by The Nature Conservancy, Ruffner Mountain and several other conservation groups.

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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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Enjoy a visual tour of Cahaba lilies, Red Mountain Park, Forever Wild and the Swim Club

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Screenshot of Dr. Larry Davenport and Paul Freeman at “Cahaba Lily heaven”

At Bham Now, we wanted to provide something a little bit different this weekend for our nature-loving readers. Below is a compilation of videos about Cahaba lilies, Forever Wild, Red Mountain Park, a Black Warrior Riverkeeper PSA and the Coosa Riverkeeper’s Swim Club. Enjoy this visual tour of our state and the good conservation work that is being done.

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