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Six Courses, One Name
The Parks Path: An Alabama Golf Destination
After two months of accepting submissions for a name that combines all six Alabama State Parks golf courses into a single trail, a name has been chosen, "The Parks Path: An Alabama Golf Destination." The courses will also be rated, sloped and handicapped for the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) system. Courses included in the Path are:
  • The “General” at Joe Wheeler, Joe Wheeler’s rank in the Confederate Army.
  • The “Oaks” at Oak Mountain, which represents the wide variety of oak trees in the park.
  • The “Sanctuary” at Lakepoint, which represents the nearby national wildlife sanctuary.
  • “Deer Haven” at Roland Cooper, which highlights the large local deer population.
  • The “Refuge” at Gulf State Park, represents the nearby national wildlife refuge.
  • The “Eagle’s Nest” at Lake Guntersville, honors the return of the nation’s symbol to Alabama. 

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
February 11-12
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has designated February 11 and 12, 2012 as Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. On those days, youth under age 16 may hunt when accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Regular waterfowl season shooting hours, bag limits, legal arms and ammunitions apply to the special days. More

Most State Public Fishing Lakes
Reopen February 1
February 1 marks the return of the fishing season schedule for 18 of Alabama’s 23 state-owned public fishing lakes. Because these smaller lakes warm more quickly than larger waters, early spring fishing can be excellent. Anglers may fish from the pier, bank, rental boat or personal boat. Three additional lakes are scheduled to reopen later this year: Barbour County Lake, Bibb County Lake, and Dale County Lake. Lower Geneva County Lake and Lee County Lake will remain closed temporarily.  More

Longleaf Pine Restoration Grant
Available to Landowners
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is currently accepting applications through its Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to continue longleaf pine restoration efforts in Alabama. The grant was awarded through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and will be made available to qualifying landowners for longleaf pine restoration on private lands. More

And the Winners Are…
Check your mailbox later this month for the February issue of Outdoor Alabama and ADCNR's website for the soon-to-be-announced 2012 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest winners. We think you’ll agree that this year’s winners are excellent! We will also post one category of winners each week on our Facebook page. Click here to subscribe to Outdoor Alabama and enjoy beautiful outdoor photography all year.
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Get Harmonious with Your Hunting Dog   
Scott Linden, host of television's Wing shooting USA show, reminds the owners of hunting dogs "to open your ears, eyes and nose" in order to help your canine friend succeed in the field.

State Fish Art Contest
Each year the ADCNR teams up with Wildlife Forever to conduct the national State Fish Art Contest. Students depict a state fish and write a one-page essay to compete for scholarships and other prizes. This year the contest includes a new category. In addition to three categories for grades 4-12, the contest now has a category for grades 1-3. More

Safe Boating
It will soon be time to hit the water! Before taking your boat out for the first time, take the time to examine your boating equipment. For first-time boaters, consider taking a boating class. Also, be a weather watcher, be courteous on the water, wear a life jacket, and above all do not drink and drive. For more information on these and other boating tips, including an online boating course, visit the Boating Section of the ADCNR website.

Wind Creek State Park
Receives Habitat Improvements
As part of a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company, the National Wild Turkey Foundation will help restore native longleaf pine to 160 acres in Wind Creek State Park. In a collaborative effort, the Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever also will conduct a longleaf habitat improvement project on an adjacent 40 acres in the park. More

Coming Soon: Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players hunt for hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and can share their experiences online. All 22 parks will be participating. More information will be posted to alapark.com when details are finalized.
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 Outdoor Alabama February 2012 E-Newsletter