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!
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!
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!
Alabama Association of RC&D Councils Annual Meeting
On May 2-4, Cawaco hosted the state conference at the Embassy Suites Birmingham. Thanks to all those who attended as well as the outstanding speakers!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application, or download one here
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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 flyer
Cawaco 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.