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AFA's Leader Program is designed to offer members of the Alabama Forestry Association an opportunity to fine-tune their leadership skills and become better spokesmen for forestry in Alabama. It is aimed at:

  • getting members involved in outreach efforts to improve the public perception of the forest industry.
  • giving young people an opportunity to meet and network with their peers and future leaders in the industry; people they will likely be working with for the next several decades.

Eligible Participants

  • Enrollment is limited to thirty participants who are between the ages of 22 and 35.
  • Each class will have a diverse cross section of the industry represented; landowners, industrial foresters, vendors, suppliers, and members of family-owned firms (sawmills, consultants, loggers, etc.).
  • The candidates must be employed and have worked full time for at least one year.
  • The candidates must be able to participate in six, three-day sessions throughout the year.




  • Combine lecture and field trips
  • Provide casual “networking opportunities” for class members to get to know one another and members of AFA
  • Highlight different components of the forestry community at different locations across the state.

Aquired Skills
Participation in this program will provide the participant the opportunity to:

  • lead the class in order to learn how to plan and organize meetings and workshops.
  • gain exposure to innovative forestry and manufacturing techniques
  • discuss environmental and land use issues.
  • learn the importance of political involvement
  • attend the AFA Annual and Mid-Winter Meetings as well as participate in one of the AFA’s standing committees
  • learn leadership skills such as:
    • public speaking,
    • dealing with the media,
    • ethics,
    • negotiating,
    • conflict management and

Class III is currently underway. Click here to see a copy of the agenda.


Session Content
Each of the Six Sessions:

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