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Hatchet Creek Festival Floats to Its Third Year

Hatchet Creek

On May 30 and 31, 100 people of all ages will bob down the rippling Hatchet Creek for the third annual Hatchet Creek Festival. Alabama Scenic River Trail is sponsoring the two-day floating and overnight camping event, which was created by Roger Vines, recent county Extension coordinator retiree of Coosa County Extension office. Saturday, May 30, participants begin at the US-280 ... Read More »

Plants All Homeowners Can Manage

Crepe myrtle

AUBURN, Ala.-As spring approaches, many homeowners are looking to brighten up their homes with ornamental plants for the season. Not every plant requires high maintenance and a “green thumb.” Mike McQueen, a regional horticulture agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives five plants all homeowners can manage. “These plants have many benefits to homeowners. From an outdoor perspective plant ... Read More »

Brighten Landscape–Feed The Birds

Although winter can be a cold and dreary season for many people, there are those who know a secret to happiness during the bitter weather – they participate in wild bird feeding. Now that sunny spring weather has arrived, it is the perfect time to join in on the fun. Dr. Jim Armstrong, a forestry and wildlife specialist with the Alabama ... Read More »

Snakes in Alabama: What You Need to Know

AUBURN, Ala.–Snakes are one type of wildlife that make many people anxious. But armed with some some basic information and facts, people can reduce their stress about snakes. More than 40 species live in Alabama . Only six of these are venomous. Whether you are hunting, camping or just venturing out into nature, it is important to learn the characteristics of venomous ... Read More »

Severe Weather Preparedness Month

AUBURN, AL.- Alabama is no stranger to severe weather. After the Tuscaloosa E4 tornado and the rest of the vicious storms that ravaged across the south and rattled the entire state just four short years ago, the importance of severe weather preparedness has never been more apparent, especially this time of year. According to Mother Nature Network, tornado season in ... Read More »

Celebrate Arbor Week in Alabama

Arbor Day is nationally recognized in April, but the last full week of February is set aside as Arbor Week in Alabama to encourage citizens across the state to take time to plant trees. “We would like to get our trees in the ground before they start leafing out in the spring,” said Dr. David West, Calhoun County coordinator for Alabama ... Read More »

Getting New Auburn Oaks Off to Good Start

Auburn Oaks Planted

AUBURN, Ala.-Auburn University’s iconic oak trees returned to campus when replacement trees were planted Saturday, Feb. 14. The university is using cutting edge technology to reduce the establishment time and increase the overall health and longevity of the new Auburn Oaks on an urban site. In 2013, Auburn University removed the two oak trees after they were poisoned in 2011. For ... Read More »

Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program : Restoring the Reefs

Oyster gardening program

The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program is a volunteer-based project that researches, educates and maintains the reefs in Mobile Bay for the community and the 300 species of vertebrates and invertebrates that use the reef as their habitat. Oyster Gardeners have been working together for 14 years to enhance the reefs, including a 10 acre reef reserve. The oysters from Oyster ... Read More »

Alabama Natural Resources Council Hosts Symposium and Awards Ceremony

Alabama Natural Resources

AUBURN, Ala.–Covering almost 70 percent of the state, forest lands are one of Alabama’s most abundant and diverse natural resources. The Alabama Natural Resources Council is a leader in promoting the stewardship of the state’s forests, waters and wildlife. People interested in learning ways to better manage their own forest lands should plan to attend the ANRC symposium at 2 ... Read More »

Firewood: Keeping Home Fires Burning

firewood

Buying firewood can be confusing.  How much is really in that pickup truck?  What kind of wood is it? The first thing you should know is understanding firewood volume. Dr. Mathew Smidt, a forestry specialist with Alabama Extension, said many times firewood is sold by the pickup truck loads which are not standard sizes.  The standard measure is a cord which ... Read More »