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Alabama State Parks Celebrate 75 Years of Service in 2014

From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state’s rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone — its 75th anniversary. Throughout the year, Alabama’s 22 state parks will host a variety of hikes, nature walks and programs, […]

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16 of the best birding sites around Alabama

Originally for Outdoor Alabama (ran in the Sept. Oct. 2013 magazine), now included on the Alabama Birding Trails website! 16 of the best birding sites around Alabama–all part of the Alabama Birding Trails! With over 430 bird species documented in Alabama, there’s more to see here than you can imagine. Watching a Bald Eagle feeding […]

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Grand opening set for North Alabama’s newest attraction

Oct. 12, will mark the grand opening for one of North Alabama’s newest attractions – Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park in Hodges, Alabama. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and features a ribbon cutting, an organized ride, refreshments, and live music. Located in northwest Alabama, Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park offers over 27 miles of […]

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National Recreation Trail Application DEADLINE SOON

It’s a great way to get national recognition for your local trail! And it’s an easy online process. Plus, designated NRTs receive an automatic extra 5 points on future Alabama Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications. Over the last few years, 15 trail project applications were approved thanks to those extra 5 points! What are […]

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Legislator adds property to loop of North Alabama Birding Trail

by David Rainer of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, The Gadsden Times, Aug. 2 The newest addition to the Northwest Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail was unveiled recently, thanks to the generosity of Alabama State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, and his wife, Dr. Martha Morrow. The Morrows’ property, Cypress […]

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Wildlife tourism is important for the Gulf of Mexico states

According to a report that was released by Datu Research, an economic research firm, wildlife tourism in the Gulf of Mexico states is very profitable and generates over $19 billion annually, with over 2.6 million jobs. The work contained in this research report was funded by the Environmental Defense Fund, and received support from Walton […]

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AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Jewell Announces Designation of 28 National Recreation Trails in 18 States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors program to promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 28 trails as national recreation trails, adding almost 650 miles of trails to the National […]

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens wins one platinum and three gold Hermes Creative Awards

For the fifth consecutive year, Birmingham Botanical Gardens has won a Platinum Hermes Creative Award. The 2011 Annual Report won the Platinum award; The Gardens also took home Gold Awards for the 2012 Antiques at The Gardens Show Catalog, Antiques at The Gardens Marketing Materials and the Board of Directors Orientation Manual. Over the last […]

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