September 9, 2013

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Dan Jackson Named Assistant State Forester by Alabama Forestry Commission

    State Forester Linda S. Casey is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dan Jackson as Assistant State Forester by the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). This appointment was approved by the Governor, effective September 1. Jackson has 25 years of service with the Commission and has served at virtually every level of the agency from county forester to division director.

     “Dan’s broad range of experience will be a valuable asset as he takes on this new leadership role, and I look forward to his continued contributions to the AFC,” said Casey.

     Jackson has served at AFC State Headquarters in Montgomery since 2011 as Director of the Forest Operations Division, which encompasses protection, management, and overall operational function of forestry programs in the state. From 2008-2011, he was Director (Fire Chief) of the Protection Division. Previously, he worked in Walker County as AFC Forester/County Manager and wildland firefighter from 1988-2008. Prior to coming to the AFC, he supervised a government land management contract at Ft. McClellan. Jackson began his forestry career in 1979 working for the private sector of forest industry in his hometown of Albany, Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, and is a registered forester in Alabama and Georgia. Jackson is also a member of the Society of American Foresters.

     Additionally, Walter Cartwright has accepted the position of Director of the Forest Operations Division. Cartwright has worked a total of 25 years for the State of Alabama, the last 10 years with the Forestry Commission serving as Assistant Forest Management Director and most recently as Administrative Division Director. His first 15 years of state service were with the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations where he was devoted to reclaiming abandoned mines and planting trees for reforestation of those sites. Prior to working in state government, he had 14 years experience in forest industry in land and timber appraisals and acquisition, forestry management, and business management. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Auburn University in 1974, Cartwright is a registered forester in the state of Alabama and a member of the Society of American Foresters.

     The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama’s forest resources using professionally applied stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state’s forests contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a healthy economy. To learn more about the AFC, visit

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