The Alabama Farmers Federation Forestry Division is composed of forest landowners throughout the state who produce timber as part of their livelihood. The Forestry Division represents these landowners on a national, state and local level and has county committees in almost every county in the state. The forest landowners who make up these committees come together at the local level and develop policies and program ideas to address their needs and concerns. Those policies are then discussed at the state level and may be transformed into state and national initiatives by the organization.
Two thirds of Alabama – or 22 million acres – is covered in forestland. Non-industrial private landowners own approximately 75 percent of that forestland. On average, each person in the United States uses enough tree products each year to make a tree 100 feet tall and 16 feet in diameter. One acre of healthy trees can generate approximately 5,600 lbs. of wood in one year. For more details about forestry statistics in Alabama, visit the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service website.
The Forestry Division works with the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama Forestry Association in sponsoring and promoting forestry tours and demonstrations. These services increase forest landowners' understanding of forest and wildlife management. The Forestry Division also works closely with the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to determine priorities for forest and wildlife research and develop markets for forest products. The division also works with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service in the areas of forestry research, financial planning and insect identification and control.
Auburn University students and scholarship recipients studying in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences were recognized Aug. 27. Those pictured received $1,750 scholarships funded by their county Federations and the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation.
From left are Emily Williams of Washington County, Alabama Farmers Federation Forestry Division Director Rick Oates, Jordan Heath of St. Clair County, Justin Knight of Franklin County, Zac Slay of Chambers County, Brandon Buckelew of Covington County, Federation TREASURE Forest Resource Coordinator William Green and William Cook of Walker County.
Photo courtesy of JRogers Photography.