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With more than 18 months in delay because of the pandemic, the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee held its Annual Treasure Forest Landowner Tour on November 11 in the Cottage Grove community.
More than 63 landowners were in attendance. The tour consisted of five educational workshops: Drones and Vegetation presented by Corey Craig of IVM Solutions Vegetation Management Specialists; Hardwood Management presented by Dan Chappell of Alabama Forestry Commission; Invasive Plant Control presented by Drew Metzler, regional Extension agent with Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Recreational Trails by Sara Baldwin; and Herbicide Safety by Doug McConnell, both private forestry consultants of Coosa County.
Sharon Haynes, County Extension coordinator and one of the organizers for this event, stated that this has been one of the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee’s best tours. Landowners have provided positive feedback on every single tour stop.
In addition to the educational tours, the committee is elated to have three Coosa County landowners to receive awards from the Alabama Forestry Commission. The Robinson Property, owner Gordie Robinson, received Stewardship Award; and Probate Judge Richard Dean and Soil and Water Chairman Spencer Hardy received their Treasure Forest awards.
The Forestry Planning Committee arranges these tours to help other landowners with ideas and management tips that may be incorporated on their property. Day in and day out, all the agencies and individuals that make up the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee are working to help other landowners achieve the recognition of Stewardship and Treasure Forest.
The committee is grateful to have excellent support and sponsorship from ACEOA Inc., Alabama Forestry Foundation, Alabama Natural Resources Council, Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Coosa County Soil and Water Conservation.
With the tour being held on Veterans Day, the event also included a special moment to recognize all veterans. After the tour, guests were able to enjoy lunch catered by Triple R Cafe of Rockford.
All landowners are encouraged to get involved and find out how these agencies can be of service.
For more information, contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission Office at 256-377-4638 or the local County Extension Office at 256-377-4713.