September 17, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Jim Jeter Awarded Water Conservationist of the Year by the Alabama Wildlife Federation

 

Jim Jeter of Northpoint,Alabama was recently awarded the Water Conservationist of the Year Award at the 2010 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 6, 2010 at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Other sponsors included Cooper Marine & Timberlands, First South Farm Credit, Mr. Lee Thuston, National Wildlife Federation, Talladega Superspeedway, Mr. Robert Almon, and Consolidated Pipe & Supply, Inc.

Through his role with the Alabama Forestry Commission, Jim Jeter’s work educating landowners, loggers and foresters on BMP’s - Alabama’s Best Management Practices for Water Quality - has had a significant impact on forests, water and wildlife resources all across Alabama.  Jim has worked tirelessly to protect the waters of our State though numerous meetings, training sessions, presentations and site visits to foster implementation of Alabama’s BMP’s.  He has also worked with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to investigate and help resolve a high percentage of water quality cases and has coordinated a statewide sampling system for monitoring BMP compliance. Because of these efforts, Alabama's implementation rate for BMPs is approximately 10 percent higher than the southeastern average.
 
But Jim hasn't stopped there. He is active with the state implementation committee of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Alabama Clean Water Partnership – working with all 10 basin groups across the state. He has reached out to the forestry community through multiple venues, including field trips and site visits, classroom style workshops and an online education program. And by volunteering each year at the Alabama Environthon Competition, he helps instruct high school students on the important relationship between forests and water quality. 

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. 

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 www.alabamawildlife.org.



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