Sep 292020
 

COOL GREEN ACTION PLAN

This project is a unique collaborative effort between Cawaco RC&D Council Environmental Programs, the City of Birmingham, a diverse, multidisciplinary team from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and numerous local non-profits in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Cool Green project Story Map, completed in March 2020, identified areas in Jefferson County with the following overlapping characteristics: urban heat islands, flooding, low tree canopy cover and low income. Census block level data was acquired from EPA EnviroAtlas and local data sources.

The next phase will bring local non-profits and prioritized areas together to address possible solutions to Urban Heat Islands, Air Quality and Flooding issues. Solutions are expected to include: Urban forest management plan to ground the action plan in policy, pilot urban tree canopy restoration and monitoring, take action to engage community, youth, workforce and educational resources, and ultimately establish enabling conditions for funding and government support for on-going greening for Cool Green Action.

Read more about this exciting initiative by accessing the interactive Story Map HERE.

See presentations from the international cool green webinar below.

Intro

Story Map by UAB

IUC Cool Green- Francesca Gross

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Garden Report

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Apr 302020
 

Did you know Cawaco donates and delivers hundreds of pounds of vegetable seed throughout the state of Alabama each year? We work with our RC&D partners all over the state to get them to schools and communities. And, with a partnership with the Scott company, we arrange the distribution of free topsoil to gardeners! Is your garden a recipient of this program? If so, make sure to tell us about your success and share with others, so we can continue to receive the support we need to keep this program active!

Check out the statewide garden report for spring 2020 HERE.

If you are not within our service area, find your council here.

Learn more about our seed program by calling Patti Pennington at 205.623.0457 or email manager@cawaco.org

May 062019
 

Enjoy this presentation that highlights the work being done throughout the state by Resource, Conservation & Development Councils in Alabama.

Presentation 2019 Annual ConferenceFinal
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May 232018
 

We are proud to sponsor this radio ad that runs in our five counties!

The Alabama Community College System Adult Education programs (Alabama Adult Education) provide free adult literacy, basic skills, English as a Second Language and GED test preparation. The cost of the GED® Test is $120.00. GED® testing vouchers valuing $25.00 per assessment are available for individuals enrolled in the program who meet the minimum qualifications. A maximum voucher of $100.00 is available (per student) and the student will pay $5.00 per assessment.

Alabama Adult Education is offering See it 4 Free, an opportunity to take all 4 GED Ready practice tests free-of-charge. In addition, for a limited time, if you pass the GED Ready practice test, Alabama Adult Education will pay for you to attempt the official GED exam.

A GED graduate is eligible to receive a scholarship for one college credit course of up to 3-credit hours at any public 2-year college in Alabama. Ask the school’s Financial Aid office about this scholarship. Visit www.accs.cc/index.cfm/adult-education for more information or to locate the Alabama Community College in your area.

2019 GRANT CYCLE NOW OPEN!!

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May 032018
 

Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council is seeking grant applications for its Challenge and Educational Grant Programs in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties of Alabama. Grant applications can be found on the website under “Forms”.

 

Challenge Grant Program
The Council offers small competitive Challenge Grants ($2,000- $5,000) to assist public and other 501 (c) (3) agencies in their efforts to serve unmet community needs. Multiple-county projects may qualify for a larger award. Call or email the office for more information.

Educational Grant Program
The Council offers competitive Educational Grants to schools and other public or non-profit agencies for educational equipment or activities. Grants awards range from $2000 – $5,000 except under special conditions. To learn more, call Patti Pennington @ 205-623-0457 or email grantfunds@live.com

Funded Challenge Grant projects will support Council goals that promote economic and community development and/or responsible use of natural resources. Funded Educational projects will serve unmet educational needs with emphasis on, but not limited to, natural resource education.

ALL NON-PROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE BIRMINGHAM-METRO AREA ARE URGED TO APPLY.

All qualifying applications meeting the Council goals and following the guidelines will be considered. Grant awards are given on a REIMBURSABLE basis. We recommend you use this checklist before submitting your final proposal.

To be considered, all proposals must be received BEFORE July 1, 2018 and submitted electronically through the website.

Cawaco RC&D programs and activities are available without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status
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May 242017
 

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!

Oct 242016
 
 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!

Beginning Farmer Outreach Meeting- Walker County

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Mar 282016
 

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!

Feb 172016
 

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!

Download or view AGENDA

Cawaco Tool Trailer

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Oct 292015
 

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

Aug 182015
 

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.