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North Region Forestry Field Day

Conservation Showcase


Varner addresses the group.

Allen Varner, Alabama Forestry Commission, addresses the group.

By Jimmy Tucker, Conservation Technician, NRCS, Blount County, Alabama

The North Region Forestry Field Day was held October 18, 2012, at Mountain Shadows Farms in Blountsville, Alabama.  Jerry Jones Sr. and Jerry Jones Jr. welcomed guests, speakers, sponsors, and agency personnel to their beautiful wildlife farm.

The field day event began with guests being transported by trailers to four stations on the farm.

1.  “Native Grass and Wildlife” presented by Jim Schrenkel, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Department of Wildlife Freshwater Fisheries, working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

2.  “Wetland Management” presented by Andrew Baril, Regional Extension Agent I, covering Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management.

3.  “Timber Management for Wildlife Issues” presented by Jonathon Bartlett, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

4.  “Invasive Species” presented by Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, Research Fellow IV, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Auburn University; and Dr. Stephen Enloe, Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Soils, Weed Management Extension Specialist, Invasive Plant Specialist, Auburn University.

After visiting all the areas, guests were transported back to the main tent. They visited with vendors and enjoyed the Whisker’s catered a lunch provided by the Blount County Natural Resources Planning Committee.

After lunch, facilitator Merry Gaines (Blount County NRCS District Conservationist) introduced Allen Varner of the  Alabama Forestry Commission, who spoke to the group.

Mr. Varner also made presentations and the following awards:

  • Stewardship Forests

  • Treasure Forests

  • Tree Farm

  • Outstanding Planning Committee

  • Helene Mosley Memorial Treasure Forest Award

Vendors and sponsors provided door prizes that were given out to the 130 people in attendance. The Alabama Natural Resources Council, Alabama Forever Forest Foundation, and the Alabama Tree Farm Committee are parent organizations that provide leadership to the Blount County Natural Resources Planning Committee which organized the event.

Schrenkel speaks to group.

Jim Schrenkel (l), Certified Wildlife Biologist, discusses native grass and wildlife plants.

Attendees eat free lunch and listens to presentations.

Attendees are treated to a catfish lunch and afternoon speakers and presentations.

Invasive plants are discussed.

Dr. Nancy Loewenstein (r) and Dr. Stephen Enloe (l) explains the different types of invasive plants and how to control them.