Friday, December 04, 2009

BEN - December 4, 2009 #329

BEN Holiday Appeal


(Links - Depending on your program, you may need to cut and paste links)

Wild South and Wildlaw Protect 71,043 of National Forests - As a result of a formal protest by Wild South and Wild Law, a proposal to lease for oil and gas development 148 parcels covering 71,043 acres in the National Forests in Alabama has been withdrawn. Particular places protected as a result of this decision: The Pinhoti Trail, viewshed of the Cheaha and Dugger Wilderness Areas, and several rivers including the Cahaba River and Blackwater River. For details read -

Gardeners Grow 45,000 Oysters for Restoration - Volunteers throughout the Mobile Bay region have helped grow more than 45,000 oysters this year, at 44 gardening sites on Mobile Bay reefs. Check out the entire story at:

Critical Habitat Proposed for the Vermilion Darter - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 13 stream miles as critical habitat for the Vermilion Darter in the Turkey Creek watershed of Jefferson County. For details, visit:

Alabama's Dangerous Streets - Transportation for America recently released a report titled "Dangerous By Design" looking at pedestrian deaths in American cities. The Birmingham Metro area ranked 8th worst nationally for the top 50 U.S. Metro areas, according to their "Danger index." Also in the report, other large Alabama Metro areas were scored, including Mobile, which had a pedestrian danger index nearly double that of Birmingham. To access the report visit:

Renew Our Rivers Recognized By Keep America Beautiful - For the seventh straight year Alabama Power's Renew Our Rivers program has been recognized by Keep America Beautiful. This year more than 5,500 volunteers participated removing more than 200 tons of trash and debris fro the state's lakes and rivers. For details visit:


Alabama Wildlife Center 17th Annual Craft and Bake Sale - Saturday, December 5th, 9am to 2pm at Oak Mountain State Park - Call 205-6633-7930 for details.

Cahaba River Society Day at Nabeel's Cafe - Wednesday, December 9th, 10:30am to 9:30pm - 10% of sales from the day is contributed to CRS, when patrons mention they support CRS at checkout.

ADEM Nonpoint Conference - January 20th in Montgomery - Details -

Alabama Rivers Alliance Watershed Leadership Conference

EEAA Conference

Christmas/Holiday Gift Ideas

Check out Green Teacher magazine. If you order the magazine, 20% of your new subscription will be rebated to the Environmental Education Association of Alabama. Call them at 888-804-1486 or visit

Weeks Bay Foundation -

Alabama Wildlife Federation -

Alabama Coastal Foundation -

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama -

Black Warrior Riverkeepers -

Higher Ground Roasters -

Legacy -

Department of Conservation -

Alabama Museum of Natural History

Ruffner Mountain (use or to raise monies for Ruffner)


Leading Scientific Organizations Position on Climate Change Letter

A Green Mayoral Candidate in Birmingham - Scott Douglas


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