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Sweet Trails Alabama is a collaborative initiative to create Alabama’s first statewide trail plan through efforts on state, regional, and local levels. The Public Draft of the Sweet Trails Alabama […]

Sweet Trails Alabama shares Statewide Trails Plan with public

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June 21, 2024

When about 100 first graders from Brooks Elementary School in Lauderdale County excitedly stepped off three yellow school buses for an educational program at Joe Wheeler State Park in early […]

Nature’s Wonder-Book: Alabama State Parks Educate and Inspire

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June 18, 2024

Visitors to Oak Mountain State Park’s campground will now enter on freshly paved asphalt and check in at a new, state-of-the-art camp store. That’s just the beginning of the new […]

Oak Mountain State Park Reopens Renovated Campground

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June 5, 2024

Alabama’s Black Belt has all the ingredients to become a premier ecotourism destination, according to a report produced by a renowned ecotourism expert who conducted a detailed assessment of tourism development potential in the […]

Recent report positions Alabama’s Black Belt as leading ecotourism destination

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June 3, 2024

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s The Caring Foundation seeks to give back to communities by supporting initiatives to improve the health and wellness of Alabamians. One such organization […]

Freshwater Land Trust: Fostering Access to Greenspaces for Alabamians

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May 30, 2024

Redeye Bass are the trout of the Deep South. These native members of the black bass genus occupy the same niche in Alabama’s warm-water rivers as the native Brook Trout […]

Discovering Alabama’s Redeyes

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May 29, 2024

Across Alabama, temperatures are rising and thousands are feeling the pull of late spring into early summer. This transition provides the perfect time to visit Alabama’s botanical gardens. While there […]

Your guide to the best of Alabama’s botanical gardens

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May 28, 2024

Alabama’s wetlands and diverse ecosystems serve as a haven for a wide variety of waterfowl, encompassing diving ducks, puddle ducks, and tree ducks and geese among others. Understanding some of […]

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Deciphering Alabama’s Diverse Waterfowl

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May 23, 2024

The Gulf State Park Pier, in Gulf Shores Alabama has been an extremely popular point of interest for hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors to coastal Baldwin County since the […]

Pierfishing the Baldwin Coast

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May 13, 2024

Alabama is home to an incredible range of state parks that have something to offer adventurers year-round. Our Alabama State Parks Passport series highlights all of the stunning outdoor spaces […]

Alabama State Parks Passport: Your guide to Lake Guntersville State Park

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May 12, 2024

Our welcome sign reads “Alabama the Beautiful” as you cross over the state line, and the beauty is indisputable—from vast, towering forests to miles of rivers and streams, Alabama’s landscape […]

Conservation in Alabama Working to Restore Grasslands

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May 6, 2024

In Robert C. Howard’s poem “Pennsylvania Barn Raising,” he writes about the orchestral, collective music of neighborly bonds as they carry their tools up a hill to raise a barn. […]

Grounded: Breaking New Ground Together, For Everyone

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April 29, 2024

The Nature Conservancy in Alabama held an Earth Day dedication for their new Fenvkvcēkv (pronounced finuh-guh-jee-guh) Creek Preserve at Flagg Mountain in Coosa County on Friday, April 19th. Flagg Mountain […]

The Nature Conservancy dedicates 1,000-acre preserve at Flagg Mountain

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April 22, 2024

I double-checked my email with anticipation. Check-in at 4:00 p.m. I thought I had it right. I looked up from my phone to an antique piece of silver jewelry and […]

The Alabama glamping trip that transformed a local writer’s perspective

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April 19, 2024

I have recently learned that hunting is so much more than meets the eye. The Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation hosted the Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt from April 1-3, […]

Connection and Conservation: A first-timer’s Alabama hunting experience

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April 11, 2024

Smoke billows into the sky, visible to nearby residents and motorists as a sign that something is burning in the Alabama forest. It’s a prescribed fire at Oak Mountain State Park, […]

How prescribed fires are transforming Alabama’s forests for the better

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April 9, 2024

Alabama is home to an incredible range of state parks that have something to offer adventurers year-round. Our Alabama State Parks Passport series highlights all of the stunning outdoor spaces […]

Alabama State Parks Passport: The ultimate guide to Cheaha State Park

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March 19, 2024

Once upon a time, people routinely raised all or part of their family’s food at home. Today, supersized groceries supply 65 percent of the calories we consume. The problem is […]

Alabama’s community urban gardens are reinventing the way locals eat

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March 10, 2024

My favorite color is green, any and all shades. The rich emerald of a magnolia leaf. The frosty teal of a juniper bush. The vibrant kelly of manicured grass. The […]

Alabama Things Worth Knowing: Windy Van Hooten Teaching Garden

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February 19, 2024

Now that the white-tailed deer season has ended, hunters will likely turn their attention once again to small game like rabbits, squirrels and the bobwhite quail, although quail hunting is […]

Uphill Battle Continues on Bobwhite Quail

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February 16, 2024

Alabama is home to an incredible range of state parks that have something to offer adventurers year-round. Our Alabama State Parks Passport series highlights all of the stunning outdoor spaces […]

Alabama State Parks Passport: The ultimate guide to DeSoto State Park

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February 16, 2024