Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Legacy on the Land Events in Birmingham

Two great events were held in Birmingham on Tuesday, February 23rd with Frank and Audrey Peterman, authors of the book Legacy on the Land. The couple met with a group organized by Regional Planning Commission director Charles Ball for lunch. In the evening, they held a book-signing at the Little Professor Bookstore in Homewood.

Frank and Audrey spoke about the Keeping it Wild conservation organization in Atlanta, and their many adventured exploring our nation's wild places.

Frank & Audrey Peterman on FOX 6 Good Day Alabama

Frank & Audrey Peterman and Fox 6's Rick Journey

The Wilderness Society's Frank Peterman and his wife Audrey Peterman appeared today on FOX 6 - Good Day Alabama promoting their new book Legacy on the Land.

Check out a clip of their interview here. Fox 6 Good Day Alabama & the Peterman's

Frank and Audrey were also profiled in the Birmingham Weekly last week.
Check out that article here

Thursday, February 11, 2010

BEN - February 11, 2010 #330

Bama Environmental News - BEN

February 11, 2010


Forever Wild 1992-2009 - Check out this colorful and information packed 40 page document about the Forever Wild Program

Birmingham News Op-ed "Recalling Alabama's Natural History" by BEN Publisher Pat Byington

Birmingham Weekly Op-ed "Light Rail in Birmingham" by BEN Publisher Pat Byington

Mississippi-Alabama Habitats Tools


The 2009 Green Report - The Green Resource Center for Alabama released their Annual Green Report highlighting this year's important developments toward making Alabama a greener place to live.

Mary Burks Named to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - An incredible honor. Two years ago, Mary Burks, the "mother of the Sipsey Wilderness" and founder of the Alabama Conservancy passed away. On March 4th, at Judson College, she will be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame. Here is the story about this special and well deserved honor.

Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Remove State Water Program - Fourteen Alabama environmental groups have called upon the EPA to revoke the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's water program. Here is the story from the Mobile Press-Register:

Here is the 77 page petition to EPA:

Southern Environmental Law Center Names Black Warrior River "Endangered Place" in 2010 - The Southern Environmental Center has released their annual report on the South's "Endangered Places." This year Alabama's Black Warrior River made the group's 2010 "Endangered" list. Here is a link to the SELC list:

Forever Wild Adds Two New Tracts in Barbour County and Tallapoosa River - According to recent Department of Conservation press releases, Forever Wild has completed the purchase of more than 6800 acres in Barbour County and along the Tallapoosa River. Here is a description of the two newest additions to the Forever Wild Program:

Mobile Bay Loses Over 1300 Acres of Seagrasses - According to aerial surveys conducted by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama lost 1371 acres of seagrasses between 2002 and 2009. That leaves the state with 5,248 acres of underwater vegetation, about 66 percent of it in the Mobile -Tensaw Delta. Check out the entire Mobile Press-Register story here:


Friends of Shades Creek - Learn more about the re-authorization of the Forever Wild Program at the Friends of Shades Creek - February 11th, 7:00 at the Homewood Library

Alabama River Alliance's Watershed Leadership Conference Deadline February 12th - Don't miss the February 12th deadline to register for this year's Watershed Leadership Conference. Author Janisse Ray will be speaking at the event, along with several numerous events during the week. Go to for details.

Wild About Chocolate - The Alabama Wildlife Center will be holding their annual "Wild About Chocolate" fundraiser on February 13th at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. Check out the details at :

Smart Coast & the Bay Bears Host Sustainability Session - On February 23rd (Noon to 2:00) Smart Coast and the Mobile Bay Bears Baseball team will be hosting the "3Es of Sustainability Green Initiatives Session. Visit for registration details.

Frank and Audrey Peterman Booksigning - Frank & Audrey Peterman will be having a Booksigning at the Little Professor Bookstore in Homewood on February 23rd, 6:30. They will be discussing and signing their book "Legacy on the Land." For details about the book visit

Environmental Education Association of Alabama Conference - Please register for EEAA's annual conference to be held March 4-5 in Guntersville, Alabama. For registration info, visit:

Alabama Hiking Annual Conference - The Alabama Hiking Trails Society will be holding their 8th Annual conference on March 19-21 at Camp McDowell. For details, visit

Monday, February 08, 2010

BEN Publisher Pat Byington to Speak about Forever Wild

Shoal Creek Preserve Forever Wild Tract in St. Florian, Alabama


Thursday, February 11, 2010

7:00 P.M.

Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs)

Topic: Forever Wild and Alabama's environmental future

Presentation by Pat Byington, Publisher of the Bama Environmental News and Senior Associate at The WIlderness Society

This presentation is important for understanding preservation of lands in Alabama for the future!

This affects, hikers, canoeing enthusiasts, hunters and fishermen and also groups like ours that are interested in preserving special lands with unique features.