Thomas Spencer of The Birmingham News wrote “Forever Wild pursuing three land purchases”:
Trustees approved buying more than 2,500 acres at the Barbour Wildlife Management Area, one of the largest and oldest state-owned public hunting areas. They also authorized pursuing 2,125 acres in Jackson County, which would add land adjacent to Forever Wild’s Wall of Jericho, a popular destination for hikers and horseback riders. They also voted to buy 30 more acres on Baldwin County’s Weeks Bay.
Forever Wild is a wildly popular conservation program done the right way – Forever Wild buys property to preserve for future generations – we get to enjoy it in the meantime. I love me some Alabama.
I haven’t been to the Barbour WMA but I know the Walls of Jericho and Weeks Bay.
Today’s meeting was the first presided over by Gunter Guy Jr., Gov. Robert Bentley’s new director of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Governor Dr. Bentley is a supporter of Forever Wild – as are many Republicans – I asked Huntsville area GOP candidates (except Jim Patterson, my own Rep – we talked about other things) two questions during the primary – do you support Forever Wild and Free the Hops – IMO the future looks bright for both issues.
More good news:
Madison County’s curbiside recycling program is getting its first major overhaul since 1991.
This afternoon, officials from the local Solid Waste Disposal Authority and Allied Waste announced that junk mail, cereal boxes, small cardboard boxes, paper bags, office paper, envelopes, newspaper inserts, paperback books and comic books can be recycled curbside starting Feb. 21.
OK, so I missed putting out the recyclables this morning, it’ll be there next week. In other news, my compost pile is growing nicely.
I’m looking forward to the results of the Beason & Nalley audit of the City of Huntsville, if only because that’s a normal part of doing business. Huntsville Finance Director Randy Taylor does a fine job, but someone needs to watch him