The 2013 Wehle Outdoor Heritage Day activities have been canceled, but the Wehle Land Conservation Center near Midway, Ala., will remain open to the public on Saturday, October 5. In addition to various outdoor recreational opportunities at the facility, staff will be available to share information about the center, research initiatives and land management activities. The gate will open at 8 a.m. and close 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Wehle Land Conservation Center is operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division.

According to State Lands Director Patti Powell, the division will focus its outreach efforts year-round on various other programs and partnerships associated with the Wehle Land Conservation Center in an effort to serve more people throughout the year.

“While the festival activities will not take place, the primitive cabins, fishing ponds, horseback riding and hiking trails will still be open to the public,” Powell said. “The Wehle Center is a great place to spend a Saturday with your family and learn about what Alabama’s public lands have to offer.”

Eric Soehren, Wehle Center manager, said this year has been successful in terms of the center’s education and outreach mission. “We’ve hosted several youth events in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Offices in surrounding counties, the Auburn University Environmental Institute, and the Bullock County Sheriff’s Office,” Soehren said. “We look forward to continuing all of our education and outreach partnerships and events in 2014.”

The Wehle Land Conservation Center is open the first and third weekends in February through July and September through November each year. The facility features more than six miles of recreational trails, three fishing ponds, 11 campsites with water and power, primitive camping and a picnic pavilion. For more information about Wehle, visit

The facility is located approximately five miles southeast of Midway, Ala., on County Road 47. Take U.S. Highway 82 from either Montgomery or Eufaula to Midway and follow the “Nature Center” signs. For more information, call 334-529-3003. For a schedule of annual events, visit

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit