Thursday, February 03, 2011

Keeping Alabama Forever Wild on

BEN Readers:

Below is an announcement about the Keeping Alabama Forever Wild (KAFW) on project. I am very proud to be a part of this creative project as the Outreach Director. I encourage you to participate in the KAFW project by submitting a essay, photo or video. You can also support this effort by forwarding this email to organizations, friends and family.

Thank you for helping us generate interest in this endeavor and hopefully I'll see a large number of submissions from my fellow BEN readers.

Best wishes,

Pat Byington


Bama Environmental News - BEN


Dear Friends,

The natural wonders of Alabama have been a source of renewal and inspiration for centuries. Nearly 20 years ago, Alabamians came together to create the state’s Forever Wild Program to set aside and preserve the special places and natural wonders of this state. Drawing from the experiences and love for our state's special places, the Forever Wild Program has become one of the most successful conservation programs in our state’s history.

Building on that theme, we would like to invite you to participate in a new statewide writing and photography project called, “Keeping Alabama Forever Wild”. Selected writing and images will appear on, the state’s most visited website. We expect competition to be strong, but we would like to include young voices as well as grown.

Below are the rules and deadlines. It's not just an assignment. It is a chance to be published on the state’s most popular website and help keep Alabama forever wild.

We look forward to your participation.

Pat Byington

Outreach Director

Keeping Alabama Forever Wild

Keeping Alabama Forever Wild on

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! "Keeping Alabama Forever Wild" wants you! We are seeking entries from people who want to share their special outdoor place in Alabama. It can be a state park, wildlife area, nature preserve, stream, wetland, forests, or wildlife.

Your entry can be in the form of an essay (no more than 600 words), photo or even a video. It simply needs to represent a place in Alabama with special meaning to you.

Send in your entry, along with an approximate address/GPS coordinates/ or the name of the nearest Alabama community to . Photos and videos need to include a brief description.

All entries must include a line or two describing yourself, along with your address, email address and phone number where we can contact you. We will not publish your personal phone number or email. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS FEBRUARY 28, 2011. A selection will be made daily and published on each day from March 1 to Earth Day- April 22, 2011. We will contact you if your submission is chosen to appear on . If you have any questions, contact

The project is in cooperation with, and supported by The Nature Conservancy of Alabama and Conservation Alabama Foundation.

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