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Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Extension

Our objective is to provide Alabamians with the information needed to make natural resource related decisions; from building bluebird boxes, to finding a professional logger, to water quality indicators. You can download or order a publication from this site, check the continuing education calendar, or locate Natural Resource Agents in your region. We encourage you to browse, send us questions, or visit other sites linked through our site. Comments are appreciated.

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Friday Forestry Flashback - Nov 27, 2015

​Take a look at this image taken of a portion of a 1926 topographic map.  I like this map for a couple of reasons.  First... more

Beaver Series Part 4: Trapping with Conibear/Body Gripping Traps

​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLtK2ECZCQ0  Body grip traps are lethal traps that kill the beaver within a few seconds of entering the trap. Although opinions vary among trappers regarding the best trap... more

Beaver Series Part 3: Rope Method for Setting Conibear/Body Gripping Traps

​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n-i_QAtM2s  Large body gripping traps such as the Conibear 330 can be difficult and dangerous to set by hand.  It is recommended that setting tongs or a tick... more

Lounging lizards and other reptile run-ins

​Over the last month my family and I have had several unexpected encounters with reptiles around my home.  About four weeks ago I was at the... more

Beaver Series Part 2: Trapping with Legholds & Drown Sets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y76DMUM9IAY  In some situations, foothold traps can be very useful for trapping beaver, particularly if beaver are trap shy or otherwise avoiding a body grip trap. Number 3... more

Beaver Series Part 1

​1. Introduction to Beaver Trapping and Equipment  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCWplIreojI  Trapping has been proven to control beaver throughout their range, but there are several questions that you must answer when planning... more

​You are going to need a contract!

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Ken McNabb, Extension Specialist and Professor, made a very informative blog post about tree seedling orders and planting.  Chances are, if... more

Do you have Lichens on Trees or Shrubs?

​When gardeners see lichen growing on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs they usually get worried. After all, something is growing on their tree. In... more

Have you ordered seedlings yet?

​The winter months of December, January, and February are the optimal time for planting tree seedlings in Alabama. And although the beginning of planting season is still a... more

Forestry Works for Alabama!

​Based on results from the 2013 U.S Economic Census- Survey of Manufactures, the combination of Wood Product and Paper Manufacturing industries were reported to employ approximately 25,000 people... more

Alabama Natural Resources Council (ANRC)

Alabama Natural Resources Council The Alabama Natural Resources Council is a state wide organization that works to develop programs that increase the values of the state's forest resources. These programs are managed by three Council appointed committees: the County Outreach Committee, the Treasure Forest Committee, and the Forest Resources Committee.