Sep 292020


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.


Story Map by UAB

IUC Cool Green- Francesca Gross

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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

Cawaco featured on RootsRated website

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May 012015

Cawaco recently got some press on RootsRated!

RootsRated is a website designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find the best hiking, trail running, climbing, paddling, cycling and more- (including food)- in 30+ cities around the country- all according to local experts. So if you are looking for things to do locally, or while travelling, check out their website! And if you know of places in your area that are not listed, email them and they will add it. We recently suggested the addition of Palisades Park for  rappelling.

To read the article about Cawaco RC&D, click here. 

To learn more about the Little Shades Creek Stream Restoration Project, click here.

Cawaco Presents ADECA Tool Trailer

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May 162011

Cawaco RC&D Council to Unveil Trail Building Tool Trailer

WHAT: The Cawaco Resource, Conservation and Development Council will unveil its tool utility trailer for building and maintaining public trails

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Red Mountain Park, 277 Lyon Lane, Birmingham

SIGNIFICANCE: The trailer and tools will provide the equipment needed for volunteers to build or maintain public trails in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties providing new recreational opportunities in Alabama at little or no cost to the taxpayers.

The equipment has already been used for debris removal at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham.

The trailer and tools were bought with a $10,000 grant obtained through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Funding was provided from Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program.





ADECA Tool Trailer Grant

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Apr 112011

Cawaco is the recipient of a $10,000 ADECA RTP Grant for an area-wide trailer filled with tools for use in building and maintaining trails.  Lee Higginbotham with Advanced Mower helped put together an excellent 6×12 trailer with power and  hand tools. After tool safety training, staff from   Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park are all eligible to use the tools.

ADECA RTP Tools Engraved

6 x 12 Trailer