Jefferson County Conservation District

Jefferson County Conservation District To provide service, leadership, and assistance to all citizens for the wise use, conservation, and development of our natural resources.
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The District operates in partnership with the Natural Resources conservation Service (NRCS), getting technical assistance to install conservation practices from the NRCS District Conservationist. A Board of Supervisors sets the overall priorities and direction for the District each year. The local Soil and Water Conservation District plays a key role in the delivery of NRCS programs in Alabama. We share a common mission through these programs to assist clients that are protecting the natural resources of your county.

Operating as usual

What a great opportunity for students! Fill in the gaps of at home schooling this semester with this great contest oppor...
09/04/2020

What a great opportunity for students! Fill in the gaps of at home schooling this semester with this great contest opportunity! Deadline is October 30th!

Just Announced!
The 2020 Farm City Art Contest is now open! This year's theme is "Sweet Grown Alabama." There are categories for all grades. Students who attend school within Jefferson County are eligible to enter.

For more infromation visit https://www.jeffcofarmers.org/farm-city-program and email Holly at [email protected] to receive the complete set of rules.

It's #WaterWednesday! We always like reminders to keep our environment clean. . . . #ConserveJefferson #Antilittering #w...
08/19/2020

It's #WaterWednesday! We always like reminders to keep our environment clean.
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#ConserveJefferson #Antilittering #watersmart #waterconservation

Did you know? Every time it rains, stormwater flows across yards, streets, rooftops, and driveways. Pollutants can be carried by this water and small amounts of litter left on the road or sidewalks can create huge water quality problems down the line. Remember- when it rains, it pollutes! Never dump anything into a street, down a storm drain, or into a drainage ditch. And always properly dispose of trash before it becomes litter. 💧☔️🚯

Remember to tag us in your #trashtackler photos this week! Snap a picture while picking up litter and tag @ACESwater in a post with the hashtag #trashtacklers.

Source:https://kab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/LitterinAmerica_FactSheet_PedestrianAreas.pdf

#flashbackfriday What a great turnout for the Electronic Takeback event from last weekend. 250 households showed up to d...
08/14/2020

#flashbackfriday
What a great turnout for the Electronic Takeback event from last weekend. 250 households showed up to do their part and recycle.
Thanks again to all those who volunteered!
@cityofbirmingham @jeffersoncountycommission @keepbirminghambeautiful
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#conservejefferson #reducereuserecycle♻️ #keepbirminghambeautiful @ Linn Park

08/03/2020

‼️ Today is the LAST day for photo submissions in our 2nd annual Photography Contest! Get your submissions in by midnight tonight! 📸

Email [email protected] to submit your entry.
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#ConserveJefferson #JeffCoALSnapshot #FarmJefferson #JeffCoAg #agriculture #photography #contest

Congrats to our good friend Sallie Lee! She has always been a great partner and volunteer with District programs. We wis...
08/01/2020

Congrats to our good friend Sallie Lee! She has always been a great partner and volunteer with District programs. We wish her well!

Today we at Birmingham Botanical Gardens bid farewell and wish a happy retirement to Sallie Lee, who for more than 22 years has been an invaluable addition to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System staff. Sallie often spent her days responding to inquiries from members of the community about horticulture, garden pests, beekeeping, beneficial insects, vegetable gardens, and much more. An educator at heart, she is also known for creating and presenting workshops and other educational programs for various environmentally focused organizations. In 2012, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens honored Sallie’s dedication with the Educator of the Year Award for promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens, and the environment. As she begins this next phase in her life, we will miss her joyous spirit and look forward to welcoming her back as a frequent visitor to the Gardens.

Please join us in the comments below in thanking Sallie for all she has done at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and in wishing her a fabulous retirement!

DEADLINE Extended to August 3rd! 📸Now is your chance to enter the photo contest before the deadline. Get out this weeken...
07/31/2020

DEADLINE Extended to August 3rd! 📸

Now is your chance to enter the photo contest before the deadline. Get out this weekend and photograph Jefferson County!
Email your submission to Holly at [email protected]
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#ConserveJefferson #JeffCoALSnapshot #FarmJefferson #agriclture #photography

Don't Forget! 📸 The Photo Contest deadline is July 31st!

You can enter into two categories: Specialist Photography with "Jefferson County Agriculture" as the theme and the Instagram Series featuring "Snapshots of Jefferson County."

Email or PM for more information and to get an entry form.

Flashback with us to our Water Festival Workshop we held back on July 22. Several elite presenters shared their versions...
07/31/2020

Flashback with us to our Water Festival Workshop we held back on July 22. Several elite presenters shared their versions of Water Cycle Bracelets, Edible Aquifer, and Fantastic Filtration. In addition, attendees were able to network and exchange ideas on ways to best host and conduct Water Festivals.

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#conservejefferson #flashbackfriday
#waterfestival #networking

National Association of Conservation Districts
07/25/2020

National Association of Conservation Districts

Today, #NACD celebrates 74 years! On July 25, 1946 at the Statler Hotel in Chicago, 18 representatives from 17 states created the National Association of Soil Conservation District Governing Officials.

74 years later, conservation districts have a more powerful national voice than ever. NACD represents nearly 3,000 districts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

We want to thank our partners, members, friends and leadership for their enduring support and devotion to conservation!

Don't forget! You can make a big recycling impact this weekend with 3 locations for your convenience!
07/23/2020

Don't forget! You can make a big recycling impact this weekend with 3 locations for your convenience!

Don't miss Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day -- Saturday, July 25 - 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 3 Locations: Bessemer - 1205 15th Ave. N.; Gardendale - 940 Main Street; Irondale - 7952 Crestwood Blvd. What can you bring: batteries, electronics, paint, motor oil and more!

Don't Forget! 📸 The Photo Contest deadline is July 31st! You can enter into two categories: Specialist Photography with ...
07/17/2020

Don't Forget! 📸 The Photo Contest deadline is July 31st!

You can enter into two categories: Specialist Photography with "Jefferson County Agriculture" as the theme and the Instagram Series featuring "Snapshots of Jefferson County."

Email or PM for more information and to get an entry form.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
07/15/2020

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Volunteers needed! Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is seeking Greenhouse Assistants to aid with watering and plant care in the Gardens’ greenhouses and outdoor lathhouses. For more information, or to commit to working certain shifts on Tuesday through Saturday mornings, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alice Moore at [email protected]. Thank you for giving back to help us protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens!

07/14/2020
Jefferson County, Alabama

Save the date!

We had a typo in our video yesterday so we are re-posting it. Please share it again so people can mark their calendars. Its July 25, 3 locations, and you can bring batteries, electronics, household cooking grease, paint, pesticides, prescription drugs & tires.

07/11/2020
This is Alabama

Check out NRCS DC Christopher Joe's story this beautiful Saturday morning!

#helpingpeoplehelptheland

You can take a nature and birdwatching tour like no other with this Alabama farmer!

We are proud to be a part of this amazing project! #BeALitterQuitter #conservejefferson #gitlit
07/09/2020

We are proud to be a part of this amazing project!

#BeALitterQuitter #conservejefferson #gitlit

This week, we installed FIVE new litter gitters across FOUR municipalities, officially launching Project Litter Gitter in Central Alabama! All together, there are now seven litter gitters in the Cahaba River and Black Warrior River watersheds. Litter gitters trap floating litter in local waterways (litter-gitter creator Osprey Initiative removes and recycles the trash!) and are an important step towards cleaner water in our region. You can learn more and get involved via our website: freshwaterlandtrust.org/litter-gitter-launch/

Project Litter Gitter is a true, ongoing partnership effort. A huge thank you to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for funding six litter gitters over the next three years; to City of Birmingham Government, City of Bessemer, Alabama - The Marvel City, City of Homewood, and City of Vestavia Hills for their leadership and support; to Cahaba Riverkeeper and Black Warrior Riverkeeper; to Jefferson County Conservation District; and to many others working hard for healthy rivers and healthy communities.

Check out the article from Birmingham Times about the Litter Quitters project! . . .#ConserveJefferson #BeALitterQuitter...
07/01/2020
Birmingham Times

Check out the article from Birmingham Times about the Litter Quitters project!
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#ConserveJefferson #BeALitterQuitter #antilitter

Litter Quitters launched in 2018 as a pilot project for high schools within the Valley Creek Watershed. The project was so well received that it was expanded to include all 30 public high schools located in Jefferson County.

National Association of Conservation Districts
06/27/2020

National Association of Conservation Districts

Check out these ways to celebrate #PollinatorWeek in your own community!

Yes, you can help your local pollinators! Something as simple as providing a water source or even planting a few native ...
06/27/2020

Yes, you can help your local pollinators! Something as simple as providing a water source or even planting a few native plants can increase the health of your community pollinators.
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#NationalPollinatorWeek #ConserveJefferson #KnowYourPollinators #pollinators #plantforpollinators

You may be picking blueberries right now! Did you know that bees are super important in blueberry production? 🐝. . .#Nat...
06/25/2020

You may be picking blueberries right now! Did you know that bees are super important in blueberry production? 🐝
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#NationalPollinatorWeek #bees #blueberries #knowyourpollinators

It's blueberry season! Have you thanked your local pollinators? They do so much...
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#DYK #FridayFunFact #KnowYourPollinators #NationalPollinatorWeek #bees #pollinators

What many consider nuisances are actually still important pollinators! So this week, we appreciate the notorious wasp fo...
06/24/2020

What many consider nuisances are actually still important pollinators! So this week, we appreciate the notorious wasp for #NationalPollinatorWeek! 🐝
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#ConserveJefferson #KnowYourPollinators #wasps #pollinators

Today is all about Hummingbirds for #NationalPollinatorWeek! Get the recipe for feeding your local birds here! . . .#Con...
06/23/2020

Today is all about Hummingbirds for #NationalPollinatorWeek! Get the recipe for feeding your local birds here!
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#ConserveJefferson #KnowYourPollinators #hummingbirds #pollinators #feedyourpollinators #plantforpollinators

Starting 2020's #NationalPollinatorWeek off with challenges that all pollinators face. Educate yourself and your communi...
06/22/2020

Starting 2020's #NationalPollinatorWeek off with challenges that all pollinators face. Educate yourself and your community by reading up on these issues and planting natives for pollinators!
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#ConserveJefferson #KnowYourPollinators #pollinators #bees #butterflies #bats #hummingbirds #moths

#BeALitterQuitter
06/19/2020

#BeALitterQuitter

Did you know? The state's cost to clean up roadside litter cost $6.8 million in 2019. Cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, plastic bags, and aluminum cans make up just a portion of the litter that is commonly found on roadways. Let's all do our part to keep Alabama beautiful and reduce our roadside litter impact!

Don't forget to tag us in your #trashtackler posts for this week. Go outside, pick up some litter, and tag @aceswater in a post with the hashtag #trashtackler to be featured in a post this Friday! Turn your morning walk into a litter pick up, or clean up around your favorite park. There's plenty of ways to get outside and get involved this summer. 🌏☀️👍🏼

Great weather calls for some great adventures with pictures! Enter your best captures into our 2020 Photo Contest. There...
06/18/2020

Great weather calls for some great adventures with pictures! Enter your best captures into our 2020 Photo Contest. There are 2 categories to fit your needs: Specialty Photography and Instagram Series.
Email the District for an entry form and complete set of rules.
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#ConserveJefferson #photography #instagramphotography #photocontest #artcontest

Next week is #NationalPollinatorWeek! Stay with us to get to know your pollinators. . . .#knowyourpollinators #bees #but...
06/16/2020

Next week is #NationalPollinatorWeek! Stay with us to get to know your pollinators.
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#knowyourpollinators #bees #butterflies #bats #ConserveJefferson #plantforpollinators

On Saturday, residents of Jefferson County and surrounding areas showed up to do their part and recycle their old electr...
06/15/2020

On Saturday, residents of Jefferson County and surrounding areas showed up to do their part and recycle their old electronics. According to our intake sheets, 96 vehicles bringing electronics from 103 households were served. Great job to them! Thanks to Protec for their handling of the electronics!
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#ConserveJefferson #ReduceReuseRecycle

Happy Thursday! Here's our latest Quarterly Newsletter! . . .#ConserveJefferson #NewsAlert #ConservationNews
06/11/2020

Happy Thursday! Here's our latest Quarterly Newsletter!
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#ConserveJefferson #NewsAlert #ConservationNews

Save the date!
06/09/2020

Save the date!

Got old electronics thats that need to be recycled properly....Well pack them up and come drop them off...

this Saturday...June 13 at the Center Point Satellite Courthouse

We will have COVID-19 protocols in place.

Not only is Trey the 4H Ambassador, he is this years recipient of our Area 3 Alabama Conservation District Employees Ass...
06/08/2020

Not only is Trey the 4H Ambassador, he is this years recipient of our Area 3 Alabama Conservation District Employees Association scholarship! CONGRATS again and good luck at Auburn! We know he is going to do some great things.
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#conservejefferson #educatingkids #agriscience #acdealegacy #4hkid

Alabama 4-H Foundation Scholarship Spotlight: Today’s senior celebration is for Jefferson County 4-H member Kenneth Reese. Kenneth plans to attend Auburn University this fall and major in Agriscience Education. Trey is currently the Alabama 4-H Ambassador state president leading the state 4-H ambassador team in planning and hosting the Mid-Winter Teen Retreat. Trey has also served on the Jefferson County 4-H Youth Council and was a counselor-in-training at 4-H Camp in 2019. Trey has a robust 4-H competitive events résumé as well, but most worth noting is his participation in the National Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where he competed in the egg demonstration program. Trey says, “My last message to Alabama 4-H is thank you. If it were not for this great organization, I would not be the leader I am today. I want to continue to inspire others to take advantage of every opportunity 4-H has to offer.” #Alabama4H

#ThankAFarmer 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾🐄
06/03/2020

#ThankAFarmer 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾🐄

DYK the average dairy cow can give 7+ gallons of milk per day?!

That’s a whole lot of cheese, butter, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and ice cream — brought to you by hard-working dairy farmers and their bovine buddies. #WorldMilkDay

Credit: Southern Farm Co

Despite the happenings in the world, we have had some beautiful weather! Don't forget that we have two great opportuniti...
06/01/2020

Despite the happenings in the world, we have had some beautiful weather! Don't forget that we have two great opportunities for your to participate in! So get outside and take some photos!

It's #WorldBeeDay! 🐝You can still plant something in your yard for your native bees! Check out these helpful tips for wh...
05/20/2020

It's #WorldBeeDay! 🐝
You can still plant something in your yard for your native bees! Check out these helpful tips for what flowers and plants they like best.
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#bees #knowyourpollinators #pollinators #funfact #gardening

National Association of Conservation Districts
05/17/2020

National Association of Conservation Districts

Happy #LoveATreeDay! How can you celebrate the importance of trees today? Check out below and visit #NACD's website to learn about how we support nationwide forestry efforts! https://www.nacdnet.org/about-nacd/what-we-do/forestry-2/

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Bessemer, AL
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Who We Are, What We Do

The District operates in partnership with the Natural Resources conservation Service (NRCS), getting technical assistance to install conservation practices from the NRCS District Conservationist. A Board of Supervisors, who volunteer their time, set the overall priorities and direction for the District each year.

The local Soil and Water Conservation District plays a key role in the delivery of NRCS programs in Alabama. We share a common mission through these programs to assist clients that are protecting the natural resources of your county.

In addition, we hold two educational events each year for county area students. In February each year, alongside with Alabama Arbor Week, the District hosts the Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair for 5th grade students. Students learn about trees, tree anatomy, urban environments and so much more.

The annual Water Festival, typically held in the late spring, is hosted at a local college where the District brings in 4th grade students to learn about the Water Cycle, where our water comes from and how and why it is important that we can keep it clean. Contact us if you would like more information about these events, how you can assist, and how to volunteer!

Contact us for more information or questions you may have. Our hours are 830 am to 230 pm, Mon-Fri. We are closed on all federal holidays. 2012016

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