Alabama Forestry Commission Investigations

  • Agency: Alabama Forestry Commission Investigations
  • Address: 513 Madison Ave, Montgomery, 36104 AL
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Phone: 334-240-9300
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Alabama Forestry Commission Investigations is located at 513 Madison Ave, Montgomery, 36104 AL. The Alabama Forestry Commission Investigations phone number is 334-240-9300.

Alabama Forestry Commission Investigations News

The first of four ‘Chat & Chews’ to be held in South Alabama this month which focus on gopher tortoise conservation efforts was conducted in Baldwin County on November 1. In attendance at this Stockton event were 36 landowners representing 16,100 acres of privately owned land. Attendees learned a great deal about tortoise biology and the necessity to obtain gopher tortoise population data to preclude the need to provide protection under the Endangered Species Act. Such surveys need to occur prior to the USFWS listing decision in 2022. Alabama Forestry Commission employees Rickey Fields, Ken Leslie, Bethany Elliott, and Ray Metzler coordinated the event, with assistance from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the Gulf Coast RC&D Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Mark Bailey of Conservation Southeast.

The Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee conducted a landowner tour on Bob Henderson’s TREASURE Forest property in Goodwater on October 23. Several agencies worked together to make the event a success, with 75 attendees including State Representative Ron Johnson. Tour stops included Planting Pollinators for Bees, Pond Management, Burning Longleaf, and Converting Pasture Back to Native Grasses.

Congratulations to Probate Judge Richard and Jackie Dean on receiving Stewardship Forest certification for their Coosa County property! Judge Dean was presented with his sign and certificate by AFC Wildlife Biologist Brad Dunham (left) and Forestry Specialist Ricky Porch (right) during the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee landowner tour on October 23.

Congratulations to Coosa County landowner Ron Kilgore on receiving Stewardship Forest certification! He received his sign and certificate from AFC Wildlife Biologist Brad Dunham (left) and Forestry Specialist Ricky Porch (right) during the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee landowner tour on October 23.

Congratulations to Franklin County landowner Johnny Mack Morrow on receiving both TREASURE Forest and Stewardship Forest certifications! He was recently presented with his signs and certificates by AFC Forestry Specialist James Daniel (pictured) and Forester Tyler Pugh. Mr. Morrow has been a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for the 18th district since 1990.

It was a HOT Halloween in Macon County as AFC staff Matt McCollough, Gary Braxton, and Mark Richardson conducted a site prep burn for a landowner!

Montgomery County conducted a great landowner tour on October 25, despite rainy weather . . . out of the 160 people pre-registered, 110 people actually attended the 30th anniversary of the event! The tour was hosted on the TREASURE Forest property of Stephen and Joyce Turnipseed.

Eight groups of sixth graders from Lamar County schools (South Lamar, Sulligent, and Vernon) experienced a FAWN (Forestry Awareness Week Now) event on October 24. During the program, AFC associates and natural resource professionals from other agencies helped educate students about Alabama’s tremendous forest resource and its importance to their lives.

The DeKalb County FFA Forestry Judging contest was held on October 18 just west of Geraldine, Alabama. There were four events: tree identification, a compass course, timber cruising, and TSI (timber stand improvement). Six high school teams competed: Valley Head, Sylvania, Plainview (Rainsville), Geraldine, Crossville, and Collinsville. Pictured with AFC Forester Dan Green are the winners: (1st place) Collinsville, (2nd place) Geraldine, and (3rd place) Plainview. Collinsville now advances to State competition.

In Mobile County, Smokey Bear takes a minute with AFC Work Unit Manager Ken Leslie during a Wildfire Prevention program at Home Depot on October 13.

AFC Northwest Region staff recently conducted an S-130/S-190 course for volunteer firefighters in Lauderdale County, hosted by Central Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. Instructors included AFC Fire Specialist Karl Byrd, AFC Forester Tyler Coffman, along with AFC Forestry Specialists Ethan Barrett, Joel Bartlett, Jeff Bradford, and Chris Brewer.

The Marion County AFC, with help from several partners including the Hamilton Fire Department, Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries, Marion County Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil & Water Conservation District, as well as local citizens conducted a FAWN (Forestry Awareness Week Now) event on October 2 and 4. About 400 kids from all six of Marion County’s 6th grade classes attended. It was an unseasonably warm day and some of the teachers were huffing and puffing as they walked the hills of the mile-long trail, but the kids had a blast! Lauderdale County’s new forester, Tyler Coffman, helped us with Forest Management this year. A recent graduate from Auburn University, he is one of our newest employees, but he did a great job. I try to instill in our educators to convey the need for good forest management and he did just that, along with all of our educators. It takes a lot of hard work to conduct this program, but you realize it is worth it when you see that the children have learned a little bit more about our environment and the need to not only protect it, but also use it in a sustainable manner for our society’s needs.

Bullock County landowners David and Jenny Allen’s black oak (Quercus Velutina) was recently acknowledged as the new ‘Champion Tree’ for its species in Alabama. AFC Bullock County Forestry Specialist Mark Richardson presented the certificate during a meeting of the Green Thumb Garden Club on October 16. Mark also spoke to the group about services provided by the Alabama Forestry Commission such as wildfire control, forest management, firelane construction, prescribed burning, and assistance with forest health issues. The garden club proceeded with their monthly meeting following lunch at the Allens’ home.

Congratulations to landowners David and Jenny Allen on receiving TREASURE Forest, Tree Farm, and Stewardship Forest certifications for their Bullock County property! AFC Bullock County Forester Drew Metzler and Forestry Specialist Mark Richardson made the triple presentation on October 16 with members of the Green Thumb Garden Club in attendance, as well Alabama Forestry Association Wiregrass Representative Tyson Fountain.

At Delta School in Baldwin County, the AFC recently helped Smokey Bear deliver his wildfire prevention message to about 300 kids!

Another great landowner tour coming soon! . . .

Whew! It was a VERY busy day for Smokey Bear! On October 22, he visited four schools in Houston County. With help from AFC Forestry Specialists Brady Dunn and Lowell Helms, Smokey shared his Wildfire Prevention message with over 300 second graders from Cottonwood, Hidden Lake, and Rehobeth elementary schools, as well as Covenant Preschool.

Smokey Bear was a hit at Bay Minette Fire Department’s ‘open house’ on October 6. Baldwin County AFC personnel assisted him with delivering his wildfire prevention message to all attendees.

AFC associates and natural resource professionals from other agencies helped educate students about Alabama’s tremendous forest resource and its importance to their lives during a FAWN (Forestry Awareness Week Now) program in Fayette County on October 23.

Two weeks after Hurricane Michael makes landfall, AFC employees continue to assist landowners with forest management recommendations in Houston County.

Smokey Bear and Baldwin County AFC personnel had the opportunity to participate in Spanish Fort’s annual Public Safety Day last weekend. Other participants included the National Guard, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Baldwin County EMA, and many others. There were many activities for both the young and old, including a vehicle fire demonstration, a vehicle extrication demonstration, a rock wall climbing activity, and the smoke house educational trailer. Attendance was estimated to be around 800.

The weather was beautiful for the Alabama Natural Resources Council forestry field day for landowners at the Marengo County TREASURE Forest of Roy Jordan on October 18. Tour topics included Wildlife Management, Pollinators, Hardwood Management for Wildlife, Longleaf / Loblolly Pine Management, and Use of Drones in Forestry with a demonstration. Photos courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation

Congratulations to Wilcox County landowner Jamestican Parham on receiving TREASURE Forest certification! He was recognized for his forest stewardship accomplishments by AFC Work Unit Manager Bayne Moore during the Alabama Natural Resources Council Forestry Field Day/Landowner Tour on October 18 in Marengo County. Photo courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation

Congratulations to Clarke County landowner Wyatt Hendry, Jr. on receiving TREASURE Forest certification! He was recognized for his forest stewardship accomplishments by AFC Work Unit Manager Bayne Moore during the Alabama Natural Resources Council Forestry Field Day/Landowner Tour in Marengo County on October 18. Photo courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation