Conservation Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

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June 3, 2009                                                                                                              800-262-3151
Conservation Advisory Board Welcomes New Members
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board welcomed two new members to its ranks at the May 16 meeting in Montgomery.
 
Brock Jones of Tuscaloosa and Grady Hartzog Jr. of Eufaula were named to the board by Gov. Bob Riley. The new members replace Johnny Johnson of Tuscaloosa and Louis Coles of Enterprise, whose six-year terms expired.
 
Jones, a landowner in Greene and Wilcox counties, serves as Vice President of Morgan Keegan and Company in Tuscaloosa. A 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Jones has served on numerous civic boards, including the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross and Children’s Hands On Museum.
 
Hartzog, a certified public accountant, recently finished a 12-year term on the board of the Forever Wild Land Trust. He serves as Director of Ducks Unlimited Canada, as well as the DU National Conservation Programs Committee in the United States and serves as a member of DU’s Alabama State Council. Hartzog will be the incoming President of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, which presented him with the Governor’s Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award in 2002.
 
The Conservation Advisory Board is composed of 10 members appointed by the governor for alternating terms of six years, and three ex-officio members - the Governor, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, and the Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension system. The Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources serves as the ex-officio secretary of the board.
 
The board assists in formulating policies for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and examines all rules and regulations. By a two-thirds vote of the members present and with the governor’s approval, the board can amend, change or repeal current rules and regulations or create and promulgate additional rules and regulations. The Board also assists in publicizing the department’s programs and activities.
 
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 Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.
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