United States Department of Agriculture • Natural Resources Conservation Service • P.O. Box 311
Auburn, AL 36831 • Phone: (334) 887-4581 • Web: http://www.al.nrcs.usda.gov
Contact: Fay Garner, Public Affairs Specialist, CMO (334-887-4506)
Mid-South RC&D Council Helps Area Communities
Auburn, Ala., Dec 13, 2010 – The Mid-South Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council is one of nine councils that cover the entire state of Alabama. The Council is located in east central Alabama and services the counties of Elmore, Autauga, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, Lowndes, and Butler.
The Mid-South RC&D Council provides ways to plan and implement projects to make local communities better places to live and bring together people, needs, concerns, opportunities, and solutions. This is done partly through grants secured from a variety of sources and dispersal of funds through community grant requests to serve the needs of the local area.
Requests for fiscal year 2011 includes funding for a Landowner’s Resource Guide, the Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center, 4-H Education Tours, and Senior Olympics.
Landowner’s Resource Guide - The Macon County Forestry Planning Committee developed a resource guide to use as an educational tool as well as provide a link between land users and service providers. The Mid-South RC&D Council awarded a grant to help produce and distribute 500 copies of the publication. Additional funds were secured from private donors.
Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center – Funds were requested to help establish a museum of local history to encourage tourists visiting Tuskegee University and the government-managed National Forest to linger in the city and infuse dollars into the local community to positively impact the local economy. Other sponsors include the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Alabama Historical Commission, the National Park Service, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. Additional funds will be gleaned from museum admission and membership fees, and individual and corporate donations.
Annual Macon County Senior Olympics Day – The organization requested grant funds from the to host and conduct activities to educate seniors on contemporary health information and practices, to provide education on nutrition, and create social opportunities for seniors to interact and network. Activities include the Annual Senior Olympics, a health fair, workshops and demonstrations, and social events.
4-H Central Alabama Discovery Education Tours (C.A.D.E.T.) – Through this program, plans are made to develop student minds, increase history information, and expand social skills. These include classroom lessons that vary from lecture to hands-on experience, field trips, a mentoring program, and practicing communication skills. The 4-H C.A.D.E.T program secured a Mid-South RC&D grant to provide Macon County youth in grades 4th-10th the opportunity to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to tour historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, museums, etc.
The Mid-South RC&D Council is committed to making these projects happen in central Alabama. Council Chairman William Hodge said, “We are pleased that the Mid-South RC&D Council was able to help area citizens by funding grants for such worthy projects.”
RC&D Councils are located in all 50 states, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin. They serve a combined 85% of all US counties and 77% of the total US population. Councils help develop economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve the economy, environment, and quality of life.
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