Living Lightly On the Earth 2010 Alabama Sierra Club Retreat

Hosted by Coosa Valley Group
Desoto State Park Nov. 5 – 7
Exciting programs and activities! Some meals will feature local foods.
Retreat registration and lodging will be Separate – watch mail & website for form.
Limited Space – make lodging reservations by calling 1-800-568-8840 Double rooms $76/night Chalets and cabins (sleep 4) $128/night Camping also available.

Cahaba River Fry-Down Coming September 25, 2010.

Get ready for family fun and a fundraiser like no other! This family event in Trussville Springs will feature a fish fry competition with a panel of judges, live music and plenty of fish and hushpuppies for all. There will be a boatload of activities, including fly-fishing lessons, rock-skipping contests, guided nature walks up the river, lots and lots of children's activities and more! For more information about how to be a part of this awesome event call Monica Carmichael at 322-5326 ext. 416. (This is not a Sierra Club sponsored event, but should be fun!)

August 2010

Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge Seeks Public Input on Proposed Expansion at Open House Meeting

Brent Elementary School, 160 4th Street, Brent, Bibb County, Alabama
Monday, July 26th, 2010
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will be hosting an open house meeting to request input from the public on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Land Protection Plan for the proposed expansion of Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge and the proposed establishment of the Cahaba River Conservation Area.  The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is currently located in Anniston, Alabama, but the refuge is located along the Cahaba River in Bibb County, Alabama.
The Draft Environmental Assessment and Land Protection Plan provide the Service’s proposal for further protecting the Cahaba River.  The open house meeting will provide an opportunity for interested members of the public, agencies, neighbors, public interest groups, and local governments to participate in the Refuge expansion planning process.  The purpose of the meeting is to gather the public’s ideas on the proposed expansion of the Refuge and the establishment of a Conservation Area and incorporate these ideas into any final document produced. 
The open house will be held in the library at the Brent Elementary School in Brent, Alabama on Monday, July 26th, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  The meeting site was chosen due to its centralized location within the proposed expansion and establishment areas in order to allow citizens a chance to participate without having to travel long distances.  Interested citizens may stop by any time to submit comments.  Service personnel and refuge staff will be present to answer questions and maps and exhibits will be present.  Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed later.
“It is very important to have the public involved in this effort,” said Refuge Manager Steve Miler.  “The public has a deep understanding and appreciation of the Cahaba River.  We need to hear their comments and recommendations and use these in our evaluation of alternatives in the EA and Land Protection Plan,” said Miller.
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, established in 2002, contains over 3,600 acres of land along a 3.5 mile stretch of the Cahaba River east of West Blocton in Bibb County.
The purposes of Cahaba River NWR are to:

The proposal under consideration would allow the Service to purchase property or interests in property from willing sellers within a 106,415-acre area within the Cahaba River watershed and purchase interests in property, through conservation easements, from interested landowners within an additional 173,380 acres of property.
If you or someone you know cannot attend the open house and would like to submit written comments, they can be sent to Ms. Kimberly Eldridge, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 420, Atlanta, Georgia 30345.
The U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.  It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations.  The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.  It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.