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Press Release

GIVE THE GIFT OF NATURE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

November 20, 2007

Contact: Rebecca Leigh White at 800-262-3151
 
Let the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) make your holiday shopping easier and a lot more convenient by offering great gift ideas that can be purchased online or by phone. Even Santa agrees that shopping with ADCNR is the way to go, whether it’s gifts for hunters, anglers, nature lovers, or folks who just love the outdoors.
 
The Outdoor Alabama Nature Shop online at www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-alabama/shop.cfm provides a variety of gift items with an outdoors theme. Hats, t-shirts and polo shirts embroidered with the Outdoor Alabama logo are available along with Christmas ornaments, limited-edition 2005 commemorative turkey box calls, collectable wildlife pins of fine pewter, plush Audubon birds that sing, and several wildlife books for both the kids and grownups on your list. There's even a wild game cookbook filled with delicious recipes for the holidays and everyday dining. All gift items are reasonably priced and won’t take a bite out of your wallet. Secure online purchasing by credit card is provided for your convenience.
 
For those who have everything, why not purchase them a new Wildlife Heritage License which allows license holders many fishing and hunting benefits and at the same time supports critical wildlife programs.
 
For only $10, the Wildlife Heritage License is a bargain for those who like to fish with a hook and line from the bank, fish at any of the 20 state-owned public lakes, hunt small game (excluding waterfowl), or shoot at one of the state’s 10 public shooting ranges.
 
For youth who are turning 10 years old or older, the gift of a hunter education course in which completion is required to purchase a hunting license for non-supervised hunting, would thrill any young hunter.
 
Avid hunters on your Christmas list will be sure to love the gift of a lifetime hunting or fishing license. Lifetime licenses are available to Alabama residents starting at $150 for freshwater fishing, $250 for saltwater fishing and $300 for hunting. Various combination licenses are also available. Call 334-242-3832 for an application or information; or easier still, order securely online with a credit card at www.outdooralabama.com.
 
You may want to include a subscription to Outdoor Alabama magazine, the official publication of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, for family and friends to find out about the best of Alabama’s wildlife, natural diversity, outdoor adventures and scenic beauty.For only $8, this gift is delivered five times per year and includes a calendar issue. Two-year subscriptions are available for $14 and three years for $20. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 877-339-0508 or by visiting www.outdooralabama.com.   
 
For people who enjoy travelling, why not give them a trip to one of Alabama’s 22 state parks? You can purchase an Alabama State Park Gift Card for any amount you wish that can be redeemed for most services offered including lodging, food, recreational activities and more. Alabama’s State Parks also offer special lodging packages that make excellent gifts for singles, couples, or families.Contact 1-800-ALA-PARK, 334-242-3154, or visit www.alapark.com.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.