Staff and volunteers from Alabama Power Company, the Bankhead National Forest, and the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group join forces in June 2012 at Houston Recreation Area to map out littered areas along Smith Lake that are only reachable by boats. Three barges and a bass boat were used to collect bottles, cans, rafts, fishing tackles, and small chunks of foam floating in the lake and along the shoreline. Volunteers donate their time each year to protect shorelines on the Bankhead National Forest in Double Springs, AL an effort greatly appreciated by the U.S. National Forest Service. The group and the Bankhead Ranger District were recently honored at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C., for their dedication to ensure that the water quality of Lewis Smith Lake is protected and preserved. Numerous volunteers and Forest Service employees received the U.S. Forest Service Rise to the Future award that is the agencyâs highest honor for exemplary aquatic stewardship. U.S. Forest Service photo byTammy Truett.
May 6, 2014
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