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Coosa Vally Group
In February, seven folks and a beautiful husky went out to Ebel Mountain to see what they could see. On this 65 degree day ---they actually got to see a lot! The views were beautiful from the top trails looking out to the high walls at Rosa on one side and over the golf course in the valley back into Oneonta on the other. While hiking we stopped at several sites along the way to learn about the different trees that were present from our own "trail narrator", Randall Harvey! Tulip Poplar, Blackjack Oak, Basket Oak and the Pignut Hickory were just a few of the trees we got to see there. We can't wait to return to Palisades Park when we can see these trees when they leaf out.
Just a little extra information: Quercus prinus is a medium large oak reaching 60 to 70 feet height, with a similar spread. The growth habit is dense for an oak, and rounded. It is relatively fast growing, can put 12 to 15 feet on in less than 10 years. The bark is very dark brown to almost black with a high tannin content. Foliage is a dark yellow-green in summer, turning orange-yellow to yellow brown in fall. The acorns are a rich brown, borne singly or in pairs, eaten by squirrels, bears, and deer. Found on rocky, dry upland soils in the wild, it makes the best growth on moist and well drained soil. The Basket Oak can be started from seed with no stratification. It is native from Maine to Ontario, to South Carolina and Alabama. This tree has been cultivated since 1688.
In February Adam Snyder, of Conservation Alabama, spoke at the monthly Sierra Cub Meeting. Conservation Alabama is the state's only full-time environmental lobbying organization. Snyder, Executive Director of the group, discussed sound environmental policy relating to Alabama politics. He gave us a look at the legislative events during this session, including the return of the infamous Hog Farm bill, energy legislation. Adam also talked about legislation to change the way landfills and quarries are sited.
Don’t miss our Monthly Meetings! The second Thursday of each month at the:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
6610 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116
North Alabama Group
Tuesday Night Hikes are Back on Monte Sano
Beginning Tuesday, March 16, after daylight savings time begins, the hikes will return to Monte Sano and will leave from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker's Parking Lot also at 6:00pm. There is a small hiker fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and while on the trails.
- Alan Greene
Hike Leaders Needed
The North Alabama Sierra Club needs new hike leaders at all skill levels. Leaders are needed for the Tuesday night hikes and weekend day hikes. Most of our new members come from our outings. You must be a Sierra Club member to lead hikes. Your help would be appreciated in introducing people to hiking. This is an opportunity to share your favorite hike with others.
The Sierra Club requires that all hike leaders complete training before leading group hikes. A Hike Leader training will be held Saturday, April 24th, in Huntsville to certify new hike leaders to lead day hikes and car camps. Red Cross First Aid certification will be covered in the morning. Hike leadership, hike planning, and hiking etiquette will be covered during the remainder of the day. The training is free. For more information contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City-Wide Cleanup April 10
The city of Huntsville Operation Green Team is sponsoring a city-wide clean up on Saturday, April 10. One of the cleanup sites will be along the banks of the Flint River near Big Cove. This will be a good opportunity to meet and talk with some of the city Green Team employees. For more information, call Soos Weber at 427-5116.
WEST ALABAMA GROUP
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