Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Protect Forever Wild Appeal & Spring Calendar (updated)

Forever Wild Re-authorization Op-ed - Earth Day 2009 Reprinted

Below is an opinion piece I wrote nearly three years ago predicting the need to re-authorize Forever Wild. After this legislative session, there will be only one remaining legislative session before the funding for Forever Wild sunsets. Do not let opponents of Forever Wild "run out the legislative clock." We need to re-authorize Forever Wild now - as-is. Here is the 2009 Birmingham News op-ed.

Best wishes, Pat Byington - BEN Publisher

Protect Forever Wild Today

The Alabama State Senate will be holding a public hearing at the Statehouse in Montgomery on Thursday, March 31st, 8:30AM. All supporters of Forever Wild should try to attend the hearing or call your local state senator (334-242-7800) or representative (334-242-7600). Visit the following two websites to learn how you can get involved:

Keeping Alabama Forever Wild

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Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Outings Across the State

Auburn University Forest Preserve Spring Events

Weeks Bay Foundation Calendar

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Events

Mobile Botanical Gardens Calendar of Events

Huntsville Botanical Gardens Calendar of Events

Fresh Air Family Event Calendar

Ruffner Mountain Calendar of Events

Hummer Bird Study Group Calendar of Events

Freshwater Land Trust Events Page

Shoals Earth Month Activities

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Calendar

AWF Educator Workshops

Weeks Bay Events Calendar

Alabama Five Rivers Schedule of Events

Little River Canyon Center Events

Landmark Park - Dothan Calendar of Events

Renew Our Rivers Calendar - (Cleanup Dates)

Alabama Wildlife Federation's Calendar of Events

Cahaba River Society's Canoe outings

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama "Green Means Go" Spring Hikes 2011

Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama "Spring Burst" Guided Hike Series

Cahaba River Society "Every Drop Matters" - March 31st , Architecture Works

Weeks Bay Day - 25th Anniversary - April 2nd 9-3pm

Auburn University's Earthfest - April 2, 10:00 Arboretum

Alabama Trails Conference - March 31 to April 3 in Fairhope

Friends of Hurricane Creek 2011 Spring Cleanup - April 9th

EEAA's Annual Conference "Learning Among the Longleafs" April 14-16 -

Mobile Electronics Recycling

Technical Knock Out to Sponsor Event at Whole Foods- Birmingham April 16


The Great Drift - Saturday, April 16th, 2:00 Dog River Park in Mobile - Dog River Clearwater Revival

Operation Green Team's Earth Day in Huntsville - April 16th at the Hays Preserve

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Day - April 17

Earthbound's EarthFest - April 17th, 2 to sundown Bessie Estelle Park Birmingham

Earth Day at Samford University Schedule - April 18-22

Auntie Litter Earth Day Parade - April 20th at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham -

Party for the Planet at the Birmingham Zoo - April 21-23

Earth Day Safari at the Montgomery Zoo - April 20-21

Earth Day Mobile Bay - April 23rd in Fairhope

University of West Alabama Earth Day - Livingston, Alabama - April 23rd

Alabama Environmental Council Green Tie Affair - April 28th - Good People Brewery , Birmingham

3rd Annual Delta Woods & Waters Expo - April 30th at 5 Rivers on the Causeway

Freshwater Land Trust Darter Dash - April 30, 8:30am Turkey Creek Preserve

Earth Day at the Gardens - Birmingham - May 1st

Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Cocktails with the Critters - May 5th

Audubon Mountain Workshop (May 12-15)

Bald Eagle Bash - June 4th, 4-7pm - Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center

Legacy's 2011 Workshop Calendar

Legacy's 2011 Enviro-Bowl Schedule

Jobs and Announcements

Project Coordinator for Gulf of Mexico Conservation Coalition

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Internships

Wild South Internships in Alabama

Alabama Wildlife Federation Seeking Resource Stewardship Biologist

Freshwater Land Trust Land Steward Position

Mobile Baykeeper Development Director

Mobile Baykeeper Partnership Coordinator

Mobile Bay NEP Communications Position

Legacy Earth Month Sponsorships - Deadline Feb. 28th

Gulf Guardians Nominations - Deadline March 31st

Legacy Competitive Grants - April 29th Deadline

Legacy Mini Grants

Audubon Mountain Workshop Scholarships (May12-15 in Mentone)

NOAA-TNC Community Restoration Grants - April 1 deadline

Alabama Outdoor Classroom grants

Mountains to the Gulf Teacher Workshop - Deadline April 29th

Fish America Grants - May 16th Deadline

EPA Gulf Guardian Awards - March 31 Deadline

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