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Stop Cogongrass Hitchhikers

Cogongrass is an aggressive weed that is rapidly spreading across Alabama and the Southeast. Learn important steps you can take to slow the spread of this environmental invader.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious…

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Cogongrass Management FAQ

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is one of the greatest invasive plant threats in Alabama and in the southeastern United States. Although it has been here for more than a century, the problem has dramatically increased in the last 20 years….

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Safely Owning and Operating a Chain Saw

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Approximately 36,000 people are treated for chain saw injuries each year.

Chain saws are important tools to use in land management. Whether implementing habitat management or maintaining clear roads, chain saw…

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Tropical Soda Apple Identification and Control

…commercial crops.

Listed by the USDA as a federal noxious weed, TSA was nearly eliminated across the state a decade ago through a federally funded eradication program. With termination of program funding, however, reports of TSA infestat…

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Fire for Land Management Friendly to the Southeast

…other reason for these regularly occurring natural fires is the resin within southern pines. Highly flammable fuels are going to burn easily and frequently.

As the first people to visit this part of North America observed, fire did not k…

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Legal Wildlife Damage Management Techniques in Alabama

…life damage issues simply trap the animal alive and then transport it away and release. While this advice is given with good intentions, this practice is illegal for most wildlife in Alabama.

Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater F…

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Drought and Forests: Information for Landowners

…s are not acclimated to the site and do not have well-developed or extensive root systems.
Reduced growth, loss of vigor, and decreased resistance of trees–Trees respond to water stress by limiting or preventing water loss through shri…

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A Guide to Analyzing Forestry Profit Potential

… and Records Needed to Evaluate a Forestry Investment
When making forest-management and investment decisions, you need good information. This section covers some basic terminology you need to know and information you need to collect and ma…

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Backyard Bird Feeding

…l sunflower, hulled sunflower and whole peanuts in platform and hopper feeders. Alternative foods and water can also be good options. Fruits, mealworms, nectar, suet and water may attract birds that are not found at traditional offerings to…

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The Virginia Opossum: Our Only Native Marsupial

…th danger. It is unclear at this time as to the true significance of this behavior. When threatened, opossums appear to go into a catatonic-like state. They drool and exude a noxious substance from their anal glands. This behavior helps kee…

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Managing White-tailed Deer: Camera Surveys

…e a host of different features, and prices range from less than $100 to several thousand dollars. Reliable cameras of good quality, however, can be obtained for a few hundred dollars. Below is an overview of some of the main points to c…

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Forest Roads and Construction of Associated Water Diversion Devices

…rs like to drive into or through their forest. In many cases, existing roads were located and constructed many decades ago, and the landowners feel no cause for concern. But, many of these old roads are improperly located and constructed. R…

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Recent Rains Ease Wildfire Threat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—While recent rains are welcome, they did not completely break the drought impacting much of the state. Wildfires remain possible, according to a spokesperson for a USDA Forest Service team on the ground in Alabama….

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Identification of Snakes in Alabama for Forest Workers

…Be aware that many of the practices used on the job, such as raking pine straw and woody debris into piles, can provide good shelter for some snakes. For example, copperheads are fond of using old rock or wood piles as shelter and feeding a…

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Hummingbirds in Alabama

…er feeder or two on the other side of your yard to limit confrontations.

Planting flowers around your home is also a good way to attract hummingbirds to the yard and garden. Red flowers are most effective. Plantings of salvia, petunia, o…

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