Happy New Year from Alabama State Parks!
Parks Hosts First Day Hikes
Feeling run down from the holiday excitement? Reinvigorate with a First Day Hike at an Alabama State Park! On New Year’s Day 2013, DeSoto, Gulf, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Monte Sano and Oak Mountain will each host a guided hike to help start the year off right. For locations, times and contact information, click here. If you can't make one of the New Year’s hikes, plenty of self-guided hikes are available at all of Alabama’s 22 state parks. Other hiking/biking options outside of the state park system include Alabama's Forever Wild properties. For trail maps and more, visit alapark.com or alabamaforeverwild.com.
Longleaf Pine Restoration Grants Available
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is now accepting applications through its Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to continue longleaf pine restoration efforts in Alabama. Landowners are encouraged to submit applications to receive assistance with site preparation, seedlings, planting, native grass restoration and/or exotic control costs. This program is focused on longleaf pine ecosystem restoration for the benefit of wildlife species in greatest conservation need. Currently, applications are being accepted for 50/50 cost share on-site preparation, containerized longleaf pine trees and planting. More
Regulation Prohibits Deer Release
In response to concerns regarding the intentional release of captive-raised deer into the wild in Alabama, Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. signed an emergency regulation prohibiting the practice. In 2012, a group in central Alabama sought to enhance local deer population genetics through the introduction of commercially-raised deer from licensed Alabama game breeders. More
Gill Net Law to be Enforced
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries will immediately begin to enforce a ban on the use of gill nets and trammel nets for fishing in the Alabama portions of the Tennessee River and its tributaries as provided for in Alabama Code §9-11-88 (1975). More
Photo of the Month: Nesting Bald Eagle
ADCNR video producer Ron Jolly captured this image of a nesting eagle, while filming the Observations from the Blind series for Outdoor Alabama. Eagles have a long and interesting history in Alabama. Each weekend in January and the first three weekends in February, Guntersville State Park hosts Eagle Awareness Weekends featuring interpretive programs, live birds, guided field trips, great views, and more!
Support Alabama Wildlife
The “Alabama Nongame Wildlife Fund” check-off box on the state income tax form provides citizens a way to donate all or a portion of their state tax refunds for the benefit of nongame wildlife. Past donations to the Nongame Wildlife Program helped bring back bald eagles, ospreys and bluebirds to Alabama, but many other nongame wildlife species still need help. More
Alabama State Parks
Select Alabama State Parks are offering a “Hunter’s Special” package now through February 2013 for hunters using Alabama’s wildlife management areas (WMA). This discount is exclusively for hunters and spouses only. Hunters must show their hunting license and WMA permit in order to receive the discount. More
Conservation Advisory Board
Meets February 9
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its first scheduled meeting of 2013 on Saturday, February 9 in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery, Ala. Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Visitors should use the entrance behind the Capitol on North Union St.