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Alabama Has Something for Everyone
Alabama’s 22 state parks offer a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, boating, mountain bike trails, horseback riding, and even a BMX track at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham. You can also enjoy the outdoors during a round of golf on one the six Parks Path championship golf courses. State parks aren’t your only outdoor activity options. The state’s 23 public fishing lakes, thousands of miles of rivers, and several large reservoirs each boast excellent fishing. Saltwater fishing from the Gulf State Park Pier is also a great option for spending time outside. In addition, Alabama’s Forever Wild Trust has more than 227,000 acres of land with hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking opportunities available to everyone. Explore Outdoor Alabama to see what the state has to offer.
Legislation Could Help RESTORE Gulf Coast
Many people along the Gulf Coast are not familiar with the RESTORE Act, a part of the transportation bill that is currently being debated in Congress. Yet, there is a group of people who consider RESTORE legislation the best vehicle to overcome the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 by directing the majority of the penalties assessed to BP and other affected parties to the Gulf area. A recent conference call among conservation and outdoors groups illustrated the importance of the RESTORE Act to the outdoors community along the Gulf Coast. It is obvious the legislation could have a far-ranging impact upon life along the Gulf. More
Rabies Case a Reminder to
Leave Wildlife in the Wild
A recent rabid raccoon case in Alabama serves as a reminder that the public should not take wild animals from their natural environment. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed one of four baby raccoons that were recently relocated from Baldwin County to Walker County tested positive for rabies. The raccoon exposed a group of adults and children in both counties to rabies. Most wildlife is protected under law and may not be legally taken from the wild or kept as pets. Doing so is harmful to the animal and can put humans at risk of exposure to various diseases, including rabies. “The best way to avoid exposure to rabies is to leave wild animals in the wild,” said Keith Gauldin, a wildlife biologist with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). “Though they may be cute, wildlife young can also be dangerous. Rabies is only one of the many dangers involved in handling wild animals.”
Dale County Lake Reopens
Ozark, Alabama’s Ed Lisenby Lake, also known as Dale County Lake, will reopen after a two-year renovation project at sunrise on July 5, 2012. Two years ago the lake was drained and a number of renovations were completed. A smaller pond was also constructed near the ramp. The pond will hold catfish and be used for kids fishing events. The lake’s main pier was also renovated. Various underwater fish habitat was installed on the lake bed to improve fishing from the pier and other sites around the lake, most of which are marked with white PVC markers. More
Photo of the Month
The osprey is a large raptor with a wing span of up to six feet. It typically nests near water and loves to catch fish. This photo was taken by Tommy McGee and submitted in a previous Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.
Beat the Fall Rush
Were you born after August 1, 1977, or are you planning on traveling out of state for a hunting trip later this year? If so, you’ll need to take an Alabama hunter education course. There are several options available for your convenience including a free online course. Don’t put it off until the start of deer season; beat the rush and do it today!
Junior Golf Clinics
There are just two Parks Path Junior Golf Clinics left this summer for youth ages 12 to 18. The cost is $50 for each three-day clinic. Please contact your nearest golf course or www.alapark.com
for registration details.
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State's 5th Community
Archery Park Now Open!
Decatur Community Archery Park is now open and is located in Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Ala. The park features 40 targets, including an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards; an eight-target youth range of 5 to 20 yards; a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards with a 12-foot platform, and a 20-target walking course. Other community archery parks are currently in operation in Athens, Cullman, Dothan, and Demopolis. Three more in Ozark, Heflin and Lincoln are currently under construction.
Alabama’s black bear population was once rich across the entire state. Today, the majority are confined to the forested swamps of Alabama. Reports have shown bears have breeding populations in Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties. The black bear species that we usually see in Alabama is the Florida black bear. Although the black bear population is still low from what it once was, we are beginning to see a small increase in their population in south Alabama. More