24May/17

Mapping Birmingham City Trees

Cawaco is working with the Nature Conservancy, the Regional Planning Commission, the Birmingham urban forester, Alabama Forestry Commission and other agencies to map Birmingham trees.

Why? For numerous reasons, urban foresters need a snapshot of the health, age, species, placement and condition of the urban forest. In order to understand pressures, stressors, insect and storm damage and have a plan to replace failing, ill and dead trees. Trees are an important to Birmingham! Alabama summers are brutal without them!

As the Urban Forestry Group begins to tackle an urban forestry plan for the city of Birmingham, we are starting a pilot study for tree inventory this summer.  Our first year we are working at a small scale using the USFS I-Tree Suite to quantify forest structure, environmental effects, and value to communities in 3 city parks in the upper reaches of Village Creek – East Lake Park, John Hawkins Park and Wahouma Park.

Become a volunteer and learn how to identify, measure, locate and map city trees! The next training date is June 13, 2017. Learn more HERE

Sign up for the next training! 

24Oct/16

How we did in 2016

 In 2016, Cawaco projects built 11 miles of trails, restored 20 acres of habitat, educated over 3000 children and more than 2000 adults. For every dollar we spent, we were returned a minimum of eight dollars in added value. See the one-page graphic report here.
Please check out our Annual Report! THANK YOU for all YOU DO in your communities, and when you are out there, remember identify the needs in your communities! And also remember to thank your local legislators for allowing us to continue to receive funding. Without our partners we cannot accomplish anything! 
Click here to read about the projects funded in 2016. 
 Again, thank you all for your help in making 2016 a success for Cawaco and helping to build a better Alabama!
28Mar/16

Beginning Farmer Outreach Meeting- Walker County

Once again we are partnering with USDA and Walker County Soil & Water to host a Beginning Farmer Outreach meeting in Walker County! Pass this information along to anyone with interest in agriculture. The purpose of these meetings is to connect beginning farmers to the resources that are available to help them succeed in any type of farming, including timber management. See the flyer for more info. PLEASE SHARE!

22Jan/16

We Are Delivering Seeds!

We are currently delivering vegetable seed to community and school gardens throughout the state! The seeds are FREE but you have to apply in order to receive them! Call Patti @ 205-623-0457, or email grantfunds@live.com and request an application, or download one here

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29Oct/15

Cawaco Tool Trailer

The Tool Trailer got a good bit of use in 2015! 849 volunteers used the trailer to clear over 17 miles of trails in places like Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve! Cawaco keeps the tool trailer maintained and available to volunteer groups. Charles Yeager at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is contracted through Cawaco to maintain the tools and make it available to volunteer groups. For more information about using the tool trailer, contact Charles at the number on the Tool trailer flyerTool trailer

29Oct/15

North Jefferson Blount Regional Library

10177219_991705897553466_7077566999519968928_nCawaco is helping fund some upgrades to the old Armory building located in Warrior. The building is being renovated into a state of the art Regional Library and Cultural Arts Center. The North Jefferson-Blount County Regional Library Foundation has already raised over a quarter of a million dollars through various grants and fundraising activities. There are always fundraisers going on to help with the upgrades! If you have books to donate, they will appreciate it! This is a volunteer organization doing great things in North Jefferson/ Southern Blount County.

18Aug/15

Resources for Stream Owners

Are you a landowner with a stream on your property? Do you lose property with every rain? Do your stream banks shift?

There is a free resource for you to teach you how to manage the water on your property and keep your stream healthy and beautiful.Photo-6

“Small Scale Solutions to Eroding Stream Banks” is a publication from North Carolina State University, and is full of useful information for landowners. Get yours here.

07Jul/15

Forest Certification Workshop August 6

The Alabama Forestry Commission recognizes that voluntary participation in forest certification is growing in the southern United States and that forest managers and forest industry representatives should have access to current information on these programs. As a result, the Commission is organizing and hosting a one day workshop for industry foresters and representatives, managers of wood using mills, procurement foresters, wood buyers and dealers, consultant foresters, loggers and others involved in the management, procurement and utilization of forest resources in Alabama. This workshop will be held in Prattville, Alabama on August 6th in the Grand Oak Room at the Marriott Legends Hotel and Conference Center. More information can be found in the agenda and maps located within this document. We encourage you to attend this workshop and hope that this information on forest certification will be useful and timely.
The workshop is divided between a morning and afternoon session. The morning session will focus on the current status of the major certification systems in North America and the process involved in group certification for each of those systems. The afternoon session will cover chain of custody and certified forest product labeling. The workshop does qualify for continuing education credits for foresters and loggers, and certificates will be available for both after the conclusion of the afternoon session.
The deadline for registering is July 28, 2015. Space is limited so register early!

Download the registration form here.

Eventbrite - Forest Certification - From the Woods to the Mills & Beyond:  Prattville