Cawaco RC&D

Cawaco RC&D A non-profit dedicated to the conservation, development and sustained use of our natural and community resources. The Cawaco RC&D Council is actively involved in the management of multi-county, cross-jurisdictional projects that address natural, financial, and/or human resource opportunities within Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, and Walker Counties.

Many of these projects involve partnerships between local businesses, governmental agencies and citizen volunteers.

Many of these projects involve partnerships between local businesses, governmental agencies and citizen volunteers.

Operating as usual

We were in Chilton County this week, announcing the completion of several grants. Thanks to the legislators for continui...
10/07/2021
Cawaco celebrates $56,000 in local grant projects - The Clanton Advertiser

We were in Chilton County this week, announcing the completion of several grants. Thanks to the legislators for continuing to support what we do!

https://clantonadvertiser.com/2021/10/06/cawaco-celebrates-56000-in-local-grant-projects/

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development recognized Chilton County grant projects that were nearing completion this year during a meeting on Oct. 5. Three recipients had received grants, including the Chilton County Commission, Chilton County Industrial Development...

We held a Cawaco Board Meeting at Palisades Park in beautiful Oneonta and announced the completion of 6 grants for a tot...
10/01/2021

We held a Cawaco Board Meeting at Palisades Park in beautiful Oneonta and announced the completion of 6 grants for a total of $42,500. Representative David Standridge, and Senator Shellnut were present to meet with the grantees and hear about their projects and the positive impacts made in their districts. We thank all the Blount County legislators for their continued support of our programs. The following organizations were funded in 2021:
Blount County Education Foundation: Read and Rise Summer Camps!- $10,000.00
Rosa Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Eyes on Driver Safety-$3,984.00
Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service: Water Rescue Team Building- $8,000.00
Friends of the Locust Fork River: River Restore Program-$5,000.00
Palisades Park: Hiking Trail Rehabilitaion- $9,452.00
City of Oneonta: City Sweep- $6,000.00

We held a Cawaco Board Meeting at Palisades Park in beautiful Oneonta and announced the completion of 6 grants for a total of $42,500. Representative David Standridge, and Senator Shellnut were present to meet with the grantees and hear about their projects and the positive impacts made in their districts. We thank all the Blount County legislators for their continued support of our programs. The following organizations were funded in 2021:
Blount County Education Foundation: Read and Rise Summer Camps!- $10,000.00
Rosa Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Eyes on Driver Safety-$3,984.00
Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service: Water Rescue Team Building- $8,000.00
Friends of the Locust Fork River: River Restore Program-$5,000.00
Palisades Park: Hiking Trail Rehabilitaion- $9,452.00
City of Oneonta: City Sweep- $6,000.00

09/24/2021

Training opportunity!

Cawaco is proud to announce a new partner-Tractor Supply-Bessemer. Thanks for the seed donation to support Alabama’s sch...
09/22/2021

Cawaco is proud to announce a new partner-Tractor Supply-Bessemer. Thanks for the seed donation to support Alabama’s schools and community gardens!!!

Cawaco is proud to announce a new partner-Tractor Supply-Bessemer. Thanks for the seed donation to support Alabama’s schools and community gardens!!!

We were in Walker County last week with Senator Greg Reed, and Reps Wadsworth and Rowe to announce the completion of $75...
08/30/2021

We were in Walker County last week with Senator Greg Reed, and Reps Wadsworth and Rowe to announce the completion of $75,000 in 2021 Walker county grants. Awardees: Jasper School System, ARC of Walker County, Jasper HS, Town of Kansas, Barney FD, Jasper Main Street, City of Jasper, and Walker Soil & Water.
This is what leadership looks like! Thanks to the legislators who support our program and thanks to all the leaders in Walker County who work hard to make things happen!

We were in Walker County last week with Senator Greg Reed, and Reps Wadsworth and Rowe to announce the completion of $75,000 in 2021 Walker county grants. Awardees: Jasper School System, ARC of Walker County, Jasper HS, Town of Kansas, Barney FD, Jasper Main Street, City of Jasper, and Walker Soil & Water.
This is what leadership looks like! Thanks to the legislators who support our program and thanks to all the leaders in Walker County who work hard to make things happen!

Kellie Johnston receives Alabama Association of RC&D Councils Hall of Fame Award!No other candidate compares! We are so ...
07/22/2021

Kellie Johnston receives Alabama Association of RC&D Councils Hall of Fame Award!

No other candidate compares! We are so proud of her!

Kellie Johnston receives Alabama Association of RC&D Councils Hall of Fame Award!

No other candidate compares! We are so proud of her!

We all live in a watershed even though we may not realize it. Put simply,a watershed includes all land that drains into ...
07/16/2021
Alabama Forestry Association

We all live in a watershed even though we may not realize it. Put simply,
a watershed includes all land that drains into a body of water. A majority
of Alabama residents gets their drinking water from rivers and runoff. As
rainwater flows to the nearest downslope body of water it comes in contact with anything we pour, drop, or place on the ground. This body of
water could be on your Tree Farm, fishing pond, or your town’s water
source.
Alabama Tree Farm System and Partners invite you to attend their Jefferson County landowner Tour. This outdoor tour will include tips and tools
landowners can use to ensure their forest is healthy resulting in clean water for everyone. Topics include ways to improve your forest through
Forest management, Pond management and Certifications. Lunch and
door prizes are provided so register to join us. Also, CFE and PLM credits will be awarded to attendees needing continuing education credits.
5 PLM and 5 CFE Category 1 credits will be offered
For more information contact Brad Nail at 334-481-2154 or [email protected]

Register Here:

https://www.alaforestry.org/events/register.aspx?id=1528192&itemid=91bb4bcd-d7ca-4a54-8385-15f4518073d2

We are proud to provide internships that support our partners at Birmingham Southern and TCNP!
07/14/2021

We are proud to provide internships that support our partners at Birmingham Southern and TCNP!

2021 Summer Intern Spotlight: Originally from Fishers, Indiana, Hannah Lafiosca is about to start her 4th year at Birmingham-Southern College with a major in Biology and a minor in Urban Environmental Studies. During the school year, she assists Dr. Gibbons with her research on the nutritional needs of sea urchin larvae. Outside of school, Hannah has a special interest in birding at local parks and her favorite movie franchise is The Muppets. So far she has thoroughly enjoyed interning at the preserve as it has confirmed her desire to continue working in the environmental field.

Hannah's internship has been made possible with funding support from Cawaco RC&D. Through this program she has gained real world experience and connections to support her future career goals. Furthermore, while at Turkey Creek, she has provided invaluable support with educational programming, Preserve maintenance, and project implementation. Thank you Hannah for dedicating your summer to helping Turkey Creek and CAWACO RC&D for making this all possible!

06/29/2021

Sweet Grown Alabama is a non-profit organization, and our work promoting locally grown products would not be possible without our Founding Member sponsors. Please join us in thanking these Founding Members for their support of Sweet Grown Alabama!
Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries
Alabama Farmers Federation
Alabama Farmers Cooperative
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Alabama Association of RC&D Councils
Powersouth Energy Cooperative
First South Farm Credit
Alabama Ag Credit
Alabama Farm Credit

We are  proud to support this program at UM!
06/29/2021

We are proud to support this program at UM!

Cawaco is proud to partner with Chilton County and the Holle Family Foundation to get rural communities storm shelters t...
06/12/2021
New Convert community dedicates storm shelter - The Clanton Advertiser

Cawaco is proud to partner with Chilton County and the Holle Family Foundation to get rural communities storm shelters that are vital for public safety.

Chilton County’s newest storm shelter in the New Convert community in Maplesville had already been a crucial safe spot in inclement weather at least four times before a ceremony could be held on May 21 to mark its completion.

Photos from Backyard Blessings's post
06/02/2021

Photos from Backyard Blessings's post

Register for the Greening Your Community Workshop June 17. It's a collaboration between Your Town Alabama, Alabama Commu...
06/01/2021

Register for the Greening Your Community Workshop June 17. It's a collaboration between Your Town Alabama, Alabama Communities of Excellence, DesignAlabama, and Main Street Alabama.

https://cawaco.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CommunitySeeds.Post_.pdf

Register for the Greening Your Community Workshop June 17. It's a collaboration between Your Town Alabama, Alabama Communities of Excellence, DesignAlabama, and Main Street Alabama.

https://cawaco.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CommunitySeeds.Post_.pdf

Happy Memorial Day!
05/31/2021
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Happy Memorial Day!

​The American Village will open for the day on Veterans Day with free admission, 10am-4pm​. Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and social distancing encouraged.​

Good tips for cool summer fun!
05/31/2021

Good tips for cool summer fun!

Be sure to check out our tips for safe swimming🏊‍♂️ on the Coosa this weekend!
We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing weekend💧
#defendrivers, #sweethomeonthecoosa, #thisisalabama

Come out Saturday and help build a Community Garden!
04/29/2021

Come out Saturday and help build a Community Garden!

Come out Saturday and help build a Community Garden!

Our Environmental Specialist, Francesca Gross is making a big, positive impact on the urban landscape in Birmingham!
04/14/2021

Our Environmental Specialist, Francesca Gross is making a big, positive impact on the urban landscape in Birmingham!

An educational project that will also support conservation of the chimney swift population in Birmingham! 😀
04/02/2021

An educational project that will also support conservation of the chimney swift population in Birmingham! 😀

Ready to prep your garden? Plan to Plant Sweet Potatoes this year! Learn all about vegetable gardening from the local Ex...
03/18/2021
Vegetable Information - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Ready to prep your garden? Plan to Plant Sweet Potatoes this year! Learn all about vegetable gardening from the local Extension System:

Alabama's moderate climate and generally abundant rainfall means the state's gardeners can grow vegetables virtually year-round.

02/26/2021
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NOTICE! Through program funds, Cawaco RC&D Council is proud to offer farmland improvement grants for therapeutic farms a...
01/19/2021

NOTICE!
Through program funds, Cawaco RC&D Council is proud to offer farmland improvement grants for therapeutic farms and gardens.

A "therapeutic farm" is any property that has the capacity and is willing to allow veterans to participate in agricultural activities.

To qualify for this grant, you must be:

1) located in Blount, Jefferson, Chilton, Shelby or Walker County
2) a farm or land owner who is willing to allow veterans to use land for therapeutic farming or
3) a veteran who owns land and is getting started in agriculture, (also must be willing to be a therapeutic farm)

Projects may include but are not limited to:
hoop houses, fencing, bee keeping equipment, ponds, hydroponics, seeds/plants/saplings, soil preparation and conditioning, start-up livestock and poultry, etc.

APPLY TODAY!
https://www.cognitoforms.com/CawacoRCD/AtEaseFarmApplication

NOTICE!
Through program funds, Cawaco RC&D Council is proud to offer farmland improvement grants for therapeutic farms and gardens.

A "therapeutic farm" is any property that has the capacity and is willing to allow veterans to participate in agricultural activities.

To qualify for this grant, you must be:

1) located in Blount, Jefferson, Chilton, Shelby or Walker County
2) a farm or land owner who is willing to allow veterans to use land for therapeutic farming or
3) a veteran who owns land and is getting started in agriculture, (also must be willing to be a therapeutic farm)

Projects may include but are not limited to:
hoop houses, fencing, bee keeping equipment, ponds, hydroponics, seeds/plants/saplings, soil preparation and conditioning, start-up livestock and poultry, etc.

APPLY TODAY!
https://www.cognitoforms.com/CawacoRCD/AtEaseFarmApplication

01/06/2021

Forester/Biologist Position

Regional Forester/Biologist
Location: South Alabama
The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) represents Alabama’s forestry community including
landowners, loggers, natural resource professionals, wood suppliers and forest products
manufacturers. AFA and its affiliated organizations promote the interests of members through
advocacy, community relations, legal affairs, conservation, education, training and workforce
development.
Career Opportunity
The Regional Forester/Biologist works with our team of natural resource professionals to implement
AFA’s forest conservation programs to promote forest and wildlife conservation across Alabama’s 23
million acres of forestland. In this position, you will:
 Work with family forest owners in south Alabama to determine their goals, evaluate their forest
resources, and provide management recommendations.
 Develop forest management plans and enroll landowners in the Tree Farm Program.
 Coordinate conservation and landowner outreach activities with other conservation partners.
 Network with state and federal agencies, forest products manufacturers, loggers and others to
promote forest and wildlife conservation.
 Plan and conduct workshops, landowner tours, and field demonstrations to provide forest and
wildlife education to family forest owners.
 Plan and conduct technical education programs for foresters and loggers.
 Engage local government officials and monitor actions by local government bodies that affect
forestry operations and forest landowners.
 Represent AFA and its affiliated organizations in the communities in your region.
Requirements
 Minimum of 5 years related experience in land/forest management and operations working with
landowners.
 Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Wildlife Biology, or other closely related field.
 Current network of landowners and natural resource professionals in south Alabama –
preferred.
 Working knowledge of hydrology and riparian habit management.
 Energetic, motivated and self-directed. Works well with teams.
 Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
 Strong time management skills and ability to multi-task.
 Strong understanding and sense of personal conduct and ethics.
To apply, please contact us at [email protected]. AFA provides a competitive salary plus excellent
benefits include health, dental, vision, and disability insurance as well as 401(k) with employer
matching.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HELPPLANT NEW TREES IN STOCKHAM PARK!KINGSTON COMMUNITY TREE PLANTINGSATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 20209:00 ...
12/04/2020

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
9:00 AM

MEET AT STOCKHAM PARK
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BRING A SHOVEL, SPADE, WORK GLOVES, &
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YOU ARE INVITED TO HELPPLANT NEW TREES IN STOCKHAM PARK!

KINGSTON COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
9:00 AM

MEET AT STOCKHAM PARK
4221 8TH AVE NORTH

BRING A SHOVEL, SPADE, WORK GLOVES, &
WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES!!

We would like to thank the citizens and leadership of Shelby County for identifying and supporting projects throughout t...
11/16/2020
CAWACO RC&D, Shelby County officials announce grants - Shelby County Reporter

We would like to thank the citizens and leadership of Shelby County for identifying and supporting projects throughout the county. Many projects were completed in 2020!

(Please note: This photo was taken several weeks ago. The event took place outside, and participants observed social distancing prior to, and after this photo was taken.)

COLUMBIANA — State Sen. Cam Ward (R), State Rep. Corley Ellis (R) and State Sen. Jim McClendon (R), along with members of the CAWACO Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, recently announced the completion of five projects at the historic Shelby Iron Works.

Address

2112 11th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
35205

General information

The Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development Council exists to assist people and institutions to conserve, protect and develop the natural resources within its five county area. Under the terms of its charter, Cawaco RC&D can distribute grants to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities serving the people of Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties of Alabama.

Telephone

(205) 623-0457

Products

Grant awards are awarded in three categories:
• Natural Resources:
o Forestry
o Agriculture
o Sustainability
• Conservation:
o Improvements and Retro-fits
o Conservation of land or historic treasures
o Wise development of natural resources
• Development:
o Economic Efficiency
o First Responder Support
Within these initiatives, there are currently three priorities:
1. Natural Resources
2. First Responder Support
3. Other projects supporting our Mission

Cawaco provides educational grant funds through its competitive educational grants program. Funds for this program are allocated to focus specifically on the following areas:
• Natural Resource Education
• Job Development
• Broad Public Education

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