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Press Release

Dr. Robert W. Taylor Appointed to the Forever Wild Board of Trustees

February 18, 2010

Montgomery, Ala. -- Gov. Bob Riley has appointed Dr. Robert W. Taylor of Alabama A&M University to the Forever Wild Land Trust Board of Trustees. As a member of the board he will take part in land acquisition decisions that will preserve and expand public recreational lands. Dr. Taylor was nominated to the board by the Alabama Audubon Council and The Nature Conservancy. He will represent the Northern District of the state replacing Dr. Jeff McCollum whose term expired on Dec. 31, 2009.
 
Dr. Taylor’s distinguished teaching career is highlighted by multiple national and international awards for his work as a professor and as Dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at Alabama A&M University. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Taylor helped to establish the Alabama Environmental Educational Consortium and was inducted into the Bahamas Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2005.  Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1977.
 
“We are fortunate to have someone as credentialed as Dr. Taylor on the board,” said Barnett Lawley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner and Forever Wild ex-officio Chairman. “His knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in continuing Forever Wild’s mission to conserve land for the benefit of all Alabamians.”
 
The Forever Wild Program was established in 1992, by constitutional amendment, to provide for the purchase of public recreational lands. Since its inception, the program has purchased lands for general recreation, nature preserves, as additions to Wildlife Management Areas and State Parks. Since its inception Forever Wild has secured more than 200,000 acres for public recreational use.
 
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. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .
 
 
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