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ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION PICKS RICK OATES AS NEW STATE FORESTER

Wednesday, April 5, 2017  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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    ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION PICKS RICK OATES AS NEW STATE FORESTER

The Alabama Forestry Commission voted on Monday to select Rick Oates to be Alabama’s new State Forester. Oates’ appointment was confirmed by Gov. Robert Bentley shortly after it was made Monday afternoon.

Oates, 49, will begin his new duties on Monday, April 10. He formerly served as director of the Alabama Farmers Federation’s forestry division, was executive director of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association and was director of the AFF’s catfish and wildlife divisions. Prior to his work at AFF, Oates served on the Alabama Forestry Association staff as director of the Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Pulp and Paper Council.

As State Forester, Oates will oversee approximately 240 AFC employees with an annual budget of approximately $22 million.

Chris Isaacson, executive vice president of the Alabama Forestry Association, said of Rick’s appointment: “The Alabama Forestry Commission plays a vital role in the forestry community in monitoring forest health, protecting Alabama’s forests from wildfire, and educating landowners to enhance the forest resources of the state.  Rick’s close working relationship with AFC staff over the years and his knowledge of the Commission’s activities and programs will serve him well as he steps into this important role.  We will continue to work proactively with Rick and his team to ensure that AFC can effectively accomplish its mission.”           


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