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Tree Planting Contracts for Landowners: FAQs

Before you begin replanting your land, a valid contract between you and the contractor or forest consultant is needed to protect all participants and outline objectives and requirements needed for a quality planting job. Although you should…

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Common Forestry Terms for the Forest Landowner

Without a basic understanding of forestry terms, it can be difficult to communicate with foresters or buyers of forestland or timber. Being well versed in forestry terminology can help landowners feel confident when making management decisi…

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Identification and Control of Snakes in Alabama

Approximately 40 species of snakes occur in Alabama, and only six of these are venomous. Yet these six attract a lot of attention. Get a crowd of people together and yell snake and you’re bound to get a reaction. Since early times, people…

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Feeding Birds

As interest in wildlife has grown in recent years, the fascination of attracting birds to feeding stations has also grown. More than 62 million Americans feed birds around their homes, and many people maintain natural areas and plantings fo…

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Black Widow and Recluses

Figure 1. Female black widow spider showing hourglass pattern.

Avoiding Venomous Spiders of the Southeast 
Spiders are one of the most feared groups of animals on the planet. Even the word spider may bring to mind images of…

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Bird Houses for Songbirds

Bluebirds, robins, chickadees, titmice, wrens, and purple martins adapt easily to using bird houses. They will choose rural or urban yards alike where there is a small patch of suitable habitat. This may consist of homemade bird hou…

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Management of Hardwood Forests for Timber in Alabama

Alabama’s hardwood forests provide clean water, great natural beauty, recreational opportunities, timber, and habitat for thousands of plant and animal species. Half of all standing timber in Alabama is hardwood and two-thirds of all fore…

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Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesters

These best management practices help loggers, foresters, and landowners reduce erosion potential during and after timber harvesting activities. Topics include forest soil erosion and logging impact on water quality. 

 The Water Quality…

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Meet the Team – Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Extension

Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Extension
The mission of the Alabama Extension Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources Team is to provide the latest science-based information available to make decisions regarding the manageme…

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Agroforestry

Take a minute to think about why you own land.  Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren?  Outdoor recreation?  Because you enjoy the beauty of nature?  Is it part of your farm?

If you answered yes to one or more of these …

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Great Horned Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

The great horned owl is the largest and probably most common owl species in Alabama. Though most easily identified by their large size and widely spaced ear tufts, gr…

Barred Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

Found primarily in large forests, barred owls are easily identified by the brown streaks visible on their bellies and their lack of ear tufts. These birds also have d…

Cooper’s Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Found year round throughout Alabama, Cooper’s hawks are similar to sharp-shinned hawks. Averaging around one pound, Cooper’s hawks are larger than sharp-shinned …

Eastern Screech-Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Eastern screech-owls are the smallest owl commonly seen in the eastern United States. Though they vary in color from gray to brown to red, screech-owls can be identifi…

Barn Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Most commonly associated with barns and other structures built by humans, barn owls hunt for small mammals over agricultural fields, marshes, and other grassy habita…