Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Bass Trail is partnering with the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association (ASABFA) to develop a service program that will serve to engage Alabama’s youth anglers in the sport of fishing through conservation and educational opportunities. The Service Hours Grant Program will encourage young anglers to be good stewards of Alabama’s natural resources while providing a means to earn financial grants for their bass fishing clubs.
The Alabama Bass Trail in partnership with the ASABFA will host up to 20 conservation/education projects annually, giving Alabama high school and college students opportunities to earn grants for their respective bass fishing clubs. Clubs completing 250 hours of service will receive a $500 grant back to their club.
“Through the Alabama Bass Trail, students, communities and others will have the opportunity to become involved with improving Alabama’s public waterways,” said ASABFA President Norman Brown. “Only in its third year, the ASABFA is growing and we look to this new program to take the ASABFA to a whole new level. I believe the students will have a deeper appreciation for the beauty of Alabama’s lakes, and will want to do their part to take care of today’s resources for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to getting to work with the Alabama Bass Trail.”
The official student angler organization of Alabama, ASABFA is leading the way for the development of student angler chapter clubs that combines the sport of bass fishing in a way that promotes angler education by passing along traditions associated with the thrills of the outdoors on Alabama’s rivers and lakes. According to the ASABFA, bass fishing among high school and college students is the fastest growing non-traditional sport in the United States. For more information, visit www.asabfa.com.
“The Alabama Bass Trail’s mission closely aligns with the mission of the ASABFA and we are excited to team up with them in this new endeavor,” said Alabama Bass Trail Program Director Kay Donaldson. The joint marketing relationship will help encourage young anglers to realize the importance of caring for our natural resources while promoting the sport of bass fishing with our youth.”
The Alabama Bass trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 11 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting www.northalabama.org.