August 21, 2009

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Forestry Commission Associates Mike Kyser and Kelvin Daniels Jointly Awarded "Conservation Communicator of the Year" by the Alabama Wildlife Federation

Mike Kyser and Kelvin Daniels of Montgomery were recently awarded Conservation Communicator of the Year at the 2009 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The Alabama Wildlife Federation held the banquet, co-sponsored by the Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy on Friday, August 7, 2009 at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Other sponsors included First South Farm Credit.

The AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards (GCAA) are the most prestigious conservation honor in the state of Alabama.  Over the past 30 years, the AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources. 

Professional videographers, Mike Kyser and Kelvin Daniels, have masterfully conveyed the message of conservation across the state for many years.

Since 1992, Mike has filmed the Helene Mosley Memorial TREASURE Forest Award Winners across the state. Two years later he was joined by Kelvin and in 1999, Kelvin began producing the “Alabama Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year” videos with Doug Link. These videos highlight landowners who have helped them attain such status.

From the high peaks near Fort Payne to the low country near Mobile the pair has done a tremendous job of capturing what it means to be an Alabama landowner. This team produces all agency informational and educational videos from start to finish including directing, shooting, and editing. Their talents have shown through as what is seen on the screen is a true representation of the pride and reverence landowners hold for their property.

Both men are perfectionists, paying the strictest attention to detail and setting the highest standards of excellence for themselves. The supreme quality of their work reflects well, not only on tier professionalism, but on the integrity of the Alabama Forestry Commission as well.

In addition to filming award winners, they also maintain the Alabama Forestry Commission website, which they redesigned last year, and produce numerous brochures. Their creativity and artistic contributions have taken the design and layout of publications such as Alabama’s TREASURED Forests magazine and the employee newsletter, TREETopics, to new heights.
The GCAA was created to promote leadership by example and in turn increase conservation of the natural resources in the state of Alabama including its wildlife, forests, soils, water and air.  The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of their community and state. 

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization.  The mission of the AWF, a 501(c)3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity.  To learn more about the AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact the AWF at 1-800-822-WILD or visit

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