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Autauga County Students Enjoy Friends of the Forest

Contributed by: Tana Shealey

Hundreds of Autauga County students enjoyed a classroom out-doors May 9 & 10th during the annual Friends of the Forest 2017.

Fifth grade students were able to learn about managing natural resources, identifying and understanding needs of forest inhabitants, identifying local trees, and understanding the need to keep forestland and water systems clean.

Friends of the Forest was held on the Autauga County Treasured Forest property of Martha and Jimmy Hughes. This annual event is offered at no cost to all 5th grade students in public, private, or home schools in Autauga County.

Sponsors of Friends of the Forest include: Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Forestry Federation of Autauga County, Alabama Power Company, Autauga County Commission, Autauga County Landowners, Autauga County Conservation District, Autauga County Master Gardeners Association, City of Prattville-Urban Management, Forestry and Wildlife Consultants, International Paper, Natural Resources Conservation Service Autauga County Field Office, USDA Farm Service Agency,and the Autauga County Extension Office.

Arbor Day Celebration Was A Success!

Over 3 thousand  saplings enjoying new homes this month.  In February, the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, Autauga County Master Gardeners and the City of Prattville handed out hundreds of free trees to residents as part of Arbor Day celebrations.

 

The sapling giveaways were held in Prattville  at the Doster Center on February 18, 2017 and in Autaugaville at the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department on February 23, 2017. Varieties including fruit trees, crepe myrtles, oak, river birch, and hickory trees are now being cared for by thousands of Autauga County residents.

Also, the Autauga County Master Gardeners and the Prattville Parks and Recreation Department held a free class on pruning trees, shrubs, and roses at the Prattville Parks and Recreation Office.  The February 19th class focused focus on the proper pruning of the Crape Myrtle tree. The Autauga County Extension office is a member of the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council and supports the Autauga County Master Gardeners program.

 

Autauga County Friends of the Forest 2016

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(Autaugaville, AL) The 10th annual Friends of the Forest drew more than 300 area Autauga County students into one of the Alabama TREASURE Forest areas for a unique learning experience on May 4 – 5, 2016.

Friends of the Forest is an educational program designed to teach the importance of private forest land and private forest landowners regarding multiple use management of our forests’ natural resources.

Autauga County Extension Coordinator Darrue Sharpe said this year’s program was a success.  “We were able to visit classrooms and tell the students about the natural resources all around them, and after our in-school visits, the forest became a classroom as hundreds of participating school children came into to an actual TREASURED Forest to learn”, Sharpe stated.

Organizer, Brigetta Giles, Chair of the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, said the event taught a valuable lesson. Giles stated, “This program focuses on teaching our children that forests are renewable , natural resources that provide many important things in our lives including jobs, clean air, shelter, and much-much more.”

Giles adds “This project educates fifth graders on the importance of multiple use management and why we are to be responsible for the well-being of our natural resources.”

In school training

(Above) Prior to the outdoor classroom event, volunteers visited participating schools to talk with youth about promoting healthy and productive rural and urban forests, clean water, and abundant wildlife.

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Students were led to different outdoor classrooms which offered demonstrations and talks on such topics as: water quality of rivers and streams, tree identification, timber growth and usage, understanding why animals and trees need space, and showing appreciation and respect for privately owned forests.  The event was held on the property of Mr. And Mrs. Jimmy Hughes- generous supporters of this annual event.

The Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, of which the Autauga County Extension Office is a proud member, holds this event annually.  Friends of the Forest is open and free to public, private, and home schooled children in Autauga County.

For more information about plans for the 2017 Friends of the Forest, please contact the Autauga County Extension Office at 334-361-7273.

 

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Upcoming Animal Science and Forages Programs

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Mark your calendars for the 2016 Animal Science and Forages Webinar Series, held the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am CST.  Join us for timely updates on management topics from members of the Animal Science and Forage Extension Team!

Animal Science and Forages Programs

May 11- Dr. Kim Mullenix, Silage Management and Use for Beef Cattle
June 8- Dr. Kathy Flanders and Landon Marks, Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Update
July 13 -Dr. Steve Li Summer, Weed Control Options
August 10- Michelle Elmore, Beef Cattle Record Keeping Basics
September 14-Kent Stanford, Nutrient Management: Update from the Field
October 12 – Courteney Holland, Winter Feeding Programs for Horses
November 9 – Auburn University Beef-Forage Program Graduate Students Focus on Forage: Research Update From the Field

For more information and registration regarding any of these upcoming programs, contact Josh Elmore, Regional Extension Agent, Animal Science and Forages, 205-646-3610 or 334-850-7859.

Farm City Week 2015

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Hundreds of Prattville Intermediate School 6th graders learned about farming, farm animals, and preserving natural resources in a hands-on event, Farm City Week, held at the R.H. Kirkpatrick Pavilion  in Autaugaville.

Volunteers with the Alabama Power Company Service Organization led students and their teachers to each exhibit where students listened to presentations, asked and answered questions, and learned about the many aspects of forestry, farming, gardening, raising livestock and the intricacies of aquatic science.

Exhibitors included: Laurie Weldon, ACES; Andrew Baril, ACES; Cathy Coleman; the Autauga County Master Gardeners; Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council; Autauga County Forestry; David Cline, Auburn University Fisheries; Clint Smith; the Lowell Strock Family; the David Downey Family; Irene Langford & Linsdey Langford; the Sam Abney Family; Rudy Yates, ACES; and Patrick Cook, ACES.

The 33rd annual Farm City Week was made possible through the support of  the Autauga County Commission, Autauga Forestry and Wildlife Stewardship Council, Alabama Ag Credit ,the Alabama Power Company Service Organization, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Autauga County office).

November 17,2015- Farm City Week Photographs

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Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!

Fall Landowner Tour

Fall Landowner Tour

The Fall Landowner Tour promotes good stewardship of Autauga County’s natural resources. The tour offered more than 90 landowners, natural resources professionals and other interested Autauga county residents, an opportunity to spend the day on Dr. Jones’ property to learn about how Dr. Jones actively manages the following: warm season grasses, forestry thinning, herbicide usage, prescribed burning, mulching, and Quail habitat management. Special “Thanks” to the Autauga Forestry, Wildlife, and Stewardship Council and tour sponsors.