April 2018
Youth Matters

Learning Fish and Wildlife Management for a Good Cause

The Boy Scouts of America are holding a workshop to benefit lake management at Camp ALAFLO.


The Boy Scouts of America are facilitating a Fish and Wildlife Management Workshop April 28 at Camp ALAFLO. The purpose of the workshop is to raise money to maintain the 55-acre lake at Camp ALAFLO and to educate the public and Boy Scouts in how to manage ponds, lakes, fish and the wildlife of Alabama so everyone will benefit from recreational fishing and spending quality time with their families.

To provide this education, we have secured expert guest speakers from around Alabama: Dr. Rusty Wright, associate professor from Auburn University and fisheries Extension specialist, "Managing Ponds for Fishing"; Bence Carter, regional Extension agent, "Controlling Aquatic Plants in Your Pond"; Richard Tharp, furbearer biologist with Alabama Wildlife and Fresh Water Fisheries District 4 Division, "Wildlife Nuisance Control (Otters, Beavers, Birds, etc.)"; and Kevin Rhoades, owner/operator of Southern Aquatics Pond Management, "Advanced Pond Management, Forage and Stocking Techniques for Trophy Fish."

During registration from 8:30-9 a.m., there will be an opportunity to identify aquatic plants and get water samples tested. After lunch, there will also be a questions and answers session.

To help with the cost of maintaining our lake and the expenses of the workshop, we are asking for sponsors. There are two levels of sponsorship: Supporting Sponsor, $100, and Lead Sponsor, $500. Of course, any amount you can donate will gladly be accepted and your donation is tax deductible. All the proceeds from the educational workshop go to the Boy Scouts to maintain the lake. Please make your check payable to Boy Scouts of America and indicate the donation is for the Fish and Wildlife Management Workshop. Mail it to Boy Scouts of America, Camp ALAFLO, 1687 Coffee County Road 156 (Boy Scout Road), New Brockton, AL 36351.

Attendance fee for the workshop is $10 (includes lunch), payable at the door. Anyone interested in attending should pre-register at 334-389-1563.

Please help the Boy Scouts make this workshop a great success.


Richard J. Woodham is a member of the Properties Committee, Camp ALAFLO Lake Team. He can be reached at 334-389-1563.