Ainsworth Named to Alabama Conservation Advisory Board

Austin Ainsworth of Guntersville has been appointed to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Ainsworth, an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Finance and joined the management team at Dream Ranch, a family-owned commercial hunting facility in Marshall County.

Ainsworth is in charge of the hunting operation at the 1,400-acre ranch that specializes in deer and quail hunting. The facility accommodates day trips, as well as corporate retreats at the lodge that overlooks Lake Guntersville.

Ainsworth, a lifetime member of Safari Club International and active member in the SCI Alabama chapter, replaces George Harbin of Gadsden on the Conservation Advisory Board.

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