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.
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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

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!

Interested in persimmons? Read below and learn to propagate your own!
06/16/2021

Interested in persimmons? Read below and learn to propagate your own!

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.

06/06/2021

Today is World Environment Day! 🌎

The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the threats that our environment faces everyday. Given the high biodiversity of Alabama, it’s important that we find ways to protect our ecosystems, so that folks like you can enjoy their favorite waterways, trails, mountains, or wherever you choose to recreate, for years to come. Our mission has always been to Protect, Restore, and Promote the river because we believe that people have a right to clean water and a clean environment. Thank you for supporting Coosa Riverkeeper’s mission, and for fighting towards a clean environment. 🌱

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

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

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!!

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.

We are always happy to visit Blount County and very much appreciate the legislators who value their communities! (Please...
11/14/2020
CAWACO RC&D, Blount County officials announce grants

We are always happy to visit Blount County and very much appreciate the legislators who value their communities!

(Please note: all participants wore masks and observed social distancing prior to and after this photo was taken) We hold our breath as we smile! :-)

Please stay safe, everyone!

State Senator Clay Scofield and State Representative David Standridge, along with members of the CAWACO Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, recently announced nine funded projects for 2020. The nine Blount County organizations receiving funds are Blount County Soil and Water, Town of...

11/03/2020

COME OUT AND PLANT TREES AND CLEAN UP TRASH
NOVEMBER 7!!

MEET AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVE S. & 1ST STREET S., across from Washington Elementary School

Park in School parking lot, NOT on the street

Sunrise Rotary will provide: Contact Austin Creel
Boxed lunches for 30+
Morning coffee
bottled water
Heavy duty trash bags
Gloves
Personal masks
personal shovels
personal folding chairs
w**d trimmer if possible

All Volunteers: Personal Safety

Work in family 'pods' during planting
Bring your own gloves and shovel
Wear PPP at all times
Wear close-toed shoes at all times
Bring personal hand sanitizer
Run of Show: Contact Francesca Gross

730 AM

Early team arrives on First Street South , parks in Washington Elementary School Lot
Clean up corner lot of trash and debris
9:00 AM

Other volunteers arrive, sign in with Rotary/UAB
Set up social distance seating on lot
9:15 AM Welcome

Francesca Gross (Project Manager)- Welcomes everyone, Acknowledges roles of each partner

UAB Grand Challenge representative welcomes all, mentions how to further invest
Dave Barnhart (Minister, TreesBirmingham) - Opening non-denominational Prayer

Austin Creel (Sunrise Rotary sponsors) - states role of Rotary in this and other long term projects aligned with UAB Grand Challenge

Stan Palla (Trees Birmingham)- Introduces tree planting team, talks about trees and demonstrates proper planting technique. All Tree Experts will wear Green Vests



9:30 am - noon
Volunteers will install trees in designated locations.



12 Noon
Boxed Lunch for Rotary
Purchase local Taco Loco on 6th Avenue South
Purchase Drinks at corner store on 6th Avenue South and 1st Street South



Noon to 2 pm
complete tree planting
continue neighborhood trash pick up

The Friends of the Locust Fork River will be planting the grand Staircase in Blountsville. Come make the Grand Staircase...
11/03/2020
5thPlantingattheGrandstaircase

The Friends of the Locust Fork River will be planting the grand Staircase in Blountsville. Come make the Grand Staircase even grander by creating a native garden at King's Bend Scenic Overlook.
Join Jennah Gilley and other volunteers to plant, w**d, add compost and mulch plants.

Bring your gloves, a small shovel, small pickax like tools, pruning shears, one 5-gallon bucket, drinking water and your smile!

You can join for an hour or 2, or 3.

This activity allows us to observe physical distance, and enjoy the outdoors.
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Check out 5th Planting at the Grand staircase by Friends of the Locust Fork River!

Students coming out of Jemison Intermediate School STEM classes are 3 grades ahead of the other students in Chilton Coun...
10/07/2020
JIS receives Cawaco grant for greenhouse - The Clanton Advertiser

Students coming out of Jemison Intermediate School STEM classes are 3 grades ahead of the other students in Chilton County! This greenhouse and outdoor learning area is a hands-on learning opportunity that allows students to put STEAM classes and activities into practice. Many students will go on to LeCroy Career Tech Center. Alabama needs to nurture skilled trades jobs and craftsmen. Such jobs are necessary as well as lucrative.

Jemison now has the funding to build a greenhouse and wildlife habitat for its outdoor classroom project thanks to a $15,000 grant from Cawaco RC&D Inc. “We’re just elated,” JIS Principal D.J. Nix said. According to Nix, construction of the greenhouse is part of the phase two portion of the ou...

There are many worthwhile educational programs in the Birmingham-Metro area. The HIPPY program is an extension of the Sh...
10/06/2020
HIPPY USA preps parents, kids for kindergarten - Shelby County Reporter

There are many worthwhile educational programs in the Birmingham-Metro area. The HIPPY program is an extension of the Shelby County Board of Education and helps parents as well as students.

There’s no substitute for being prepared—and when it comes to our kids and school, we want to give them the best start they can possibly have.

Walker County has it going on! This is what can happen when communities come together!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
09/29/2020
Cawaco awards $61,500 in local grants

Walker County has it going on! This is what can happen when communities come together!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council announced Monday it was awarding approximately $61,500 in grants to various community organizations for completed projects in …

Photos from The Foundry's post
09/11/2020

Photos from The Foundry's post

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is thrilled to offer several new opportunities to supplement your child's education thi...
09/08/2020
2020 Environmental Education Programs

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is thrilled to offer several new opportunities to supplement your child's education this fall.
These outdoor experiences feature our unique brand of hands-on learning opportunities that, up until now, were only available by reservation to large school groups. In this time of virtual learning and social distancing, outdoor education is more important than ever!
Starting September 8th, we are expanding our programs to provide individual students with the chance to get outside and learn in the safest possible learning environment.

These new educational programs will be provided every Monday and Tuesday this fall, with morning and afternoon blocks, that will feature different learning opportunities. Each program block will be limited to 10 participants to ensure proper distancing, with the added benefit of increasing individual attention.

Learn more and reserve your child's spot today at:
https://turkeycreeknp.com/environmental-education/

Exciting NEW programs for Fall 2020!! (Links For Online Registration At Bottom Of Page) Explore. Learn. Discover. Featuring a beautiful fresh-water creek and waterfalls, single-track hiking trails,…

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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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