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Coffee County Forestry and Wildlife Field Day

By Sue Leverett, Education Specialist, Coffee County SWCD, New Brockton, AL


A tractor planting pine seedlings.

Dale Folmar and Ted Vignola demonstrate pine tree planting.

In October 2009, the Coffee County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a field day for Zion Chapel and Elba Elementary 5th graders at the National Security Recreation Area.

Students were introduced to beneficial forestry practices such as prescribed burn and thinning. They also saw a demonstration on pine tree planting.  Those that wanted one, were able to take home a pine seedling to plant.

There was a wildlife exhibits with live snakes, owls, skulls, and bones of several animals.

The students saw a presentation on the Enviroscape which is a table top model of a community and the effects that man has on our environment.

After the activities, students enjoyed a sack lunch and some great time in the outdoors.

This event was supported by the Coffee County Forestry Advisory Committee, the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Department of Wildlife and Fresh Fisheries, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the NRCS.

A special thanks goes to the volunteers for donating their time and to the National Security Recreation Area for the use of their property.