• UWA's Hall receives Alabama Wildlife Federation honor

    Posted: June 26, 2013

    Author: Sydney Meeks

    The University of West Alabama’s Director Dr. John C. Hall has been named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the board of directors of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF).

    Hall alongside his Longleaf, Far As The Eye Can See co-authors Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young and Rhett Johnson will be recognized at the AWF’s Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Marriot Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville.

    At UWA, Hall serves as director of the Black Belt Museum, a project of the University’s Division of Educational Outreach. The mission of the Black Belt Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and celebrate the landscape and rich history of the Black Belt of Alabama and Mississippi. The Museum is a center for regional study, programs and other public activities, and is developing modern exhibits that will be seen nowhere else in the Black Belt. The Museum’s collections include items of archaeological, botanical, geological, paleontological, and archival interest.

    Hall’s co-authored book was released in 2012 and has been praised by conservationists and historians since the publication. The book explore the interactions of longleaf with other species, the development of longleaf forests prior to human contact, and the influence of the longleaf on southern culture, as well as ongoing efforts to restore these forests. Part natural history, part conservation advocacy, and part cultural exploration, this book highlights the special nature of longleaf forests and proposes ways to conserve and expand them.

    The AWF Board of Directors selects an individual, group, firm or agency to receive the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award. Candidates for the honor must demonstrate outstanding leadership in management of forest resources. Fish and wildlife consideration should be a major component in the recognized effort.

    The AWF is the state's oldest conservation organization and AWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards are considered the state's most prestigious conservation honor.

    Over the past 30 years, the AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the conservation of Alabama's wildlife and related natural resources.

    The Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards were 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.

    For more information visit the Alabama Wildlife Federation's website. 
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