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International Conservation Organization Names Jackson Alabama Wildlife Officer of the Year
November 23, 2011
Officer Michael Jackson has been named Alabama Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International (SSCI). Jackson is a Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF), a position he has held for 16 years.
According to WFF Chief Enforcement Officer Allan Andress, Jackson’s commitment to conservation law is evident through his enforcement efforts. “Officer Jackson has made more than 1,200 arrests, including 100 for hunting without permission,” Andress said. “His dedication, strong work ethic and community involvement have fostered widespread support for various Division programs.”
Jackson is also active in hunter education for WFF having certified more than 3,000 students, and regularly speaks to schools, civic groups and hunting clubs about hunter safety. He is currently assigned to Jefferson County.
The SSCI is an international conservation organization that funds and supports a variety of conservation projects and scholarships around the world. In addition to recognizing outstanding officers in wildlife conservation, the SSCI also provides a $20,000 death benefit to the officer’s family in the event the officer is killed in the line of duty.
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.
Photo (L-R): WFF Enforcement Chief Allan Andress, Officer Mike Jackson, SSCI representative Philip Jackson, and WFF Director Corky Pugh.