Johnson Named Southeastern Wildlife Biologist of the Year
Kenneth G. Johnson of Andalusia has been named Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Johnson, an employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is currently Supervising Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Unit, a position he has held since 2004. In this position, he works in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist landowners in developing wildlife habitat.
SEAFWA gives the Wildlife Biologist of the Year award to one person from the 17 member agencies at its annual meeting, and it is the organization’s most prestigious wildlife award.
“I am delighted and honored to receive this award,” Johnson said. “It is meaningful because it came from the SEAFWA, the very people that I have worked with and identified with for the last 35 years.”
Johnson holds a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist. He began work with the Department of Conservation’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division in 1974 as an Area Biologist on the Blue Springs Wildlife Management Area. In 1977, he was promoted to Assistant Supervising Wildlife Biologist for District 6 in south Alabama, and became Supervising Wildlife Biologist for the district in 1980.
According to Division Director Corky Pugh, Johnson is an asset to the Department. “Kenneth has led by example, and our wildlife resources have benefited greatly from his efforts,” Pugh said.
In addition to his work as a wildlife biologist, Johnson has served many community organizations including Kiwanis, the Covington County Fair, Babe Ruth Baseball, the Andalusia Recreation Board and Andalusia First Baptist Church. He is a decorated veteran, having served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Johnson was named Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year in 2004 and Citizen of the Year by the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce in 2005. Both citations were for his work related to raising funds for a Veterans Memorial Park.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh, Kenneth Johnson and Wildlife Section Chief Gary Moody.