Alabama Forest Resources Center

Our vision is for Alabama to continue to serve as a working and sustainable rural landscape of national and international importance, in which ecological, economic and recreational values are interrelated. In order to protect this large landbase and its ecological heritage, landowners, local governments and citizens must recognize that their prosperity and individual goals are more likely to be successfully achieved if the traditional land uses of the region are valued as a whole and the land is not fragmented.

Concern over the loss of Alabama’s forest and farmlands and their associated invaluable habitats, prompted the Alabama Forest Resources Center to form a land trust for working forests and farms at its annual meeting on September 12, 1999. The new mission of the AFRC is:

To enhance, promote and preserve the productivity and sustainability of Alabama’s forest resources to ensure their economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

The Center focuses on providing services via conservation easements, educational outreach, and advocacy and planning. AFRC also administers the Forest Legacy Program under contract with the Alabama Forestry Commission. One of the most important tasks of the AFRC is securing conservation easements. Easements hold great promise as one of the most effective techniques for the preservation of privately owned forestland in Alabama. Each easement is tailored to the particular property and to the interests of the individual owner. Easements keep private lands in private ownership. They allow land use traditions such as hunting, forestry and agriculture to continue. Most importantly, easements are a positive incentive for the landowner to ensure that future use of the property will be consistent with the owners' desires to protect certain characteristics of the land.

Executive director Dan Dumont is the Alabama Forest Legacy program coordinator for the state. In 2000 the Governor appointed the Alabama Forestry Commission as the state lead agency to develop and administer a Forest Legacy Program in Alabama. The purpose of the Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is to identify and purchase environmentally important forestland through the use of conservation easements and fee purchases. Landowner participation is entirely voluntary. As these resources are managed, many traditional values and uses of the forests will continue to be available.

Guidelines for the Forest Legacy Program required the state lead agency to prepare an Assessment of Need (AON) in consultation with the Alabama Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee. An Assessment of Need Steering Committee was appointed, which worked with the Alabama Forest Resource Center to develop the Assessment of Need document. The AON was completed in September, 2002, and contains valuable resource information and measures to identify environmentally important forestlands that are being converted to developed urban areas.

AFRC Conservation Goals:

  • To work in partnership with landowners to foster a pro-active conservation easement program which recognizes the need for good land stewardship that is compatible with sustainable, conservation, economic and consumptive use values.
  • To identify and better understand the natural ecosystems and cultural resources of Alabama.
  • To monitor regional growth management issues and work with local and state Governments to ensure that Alabama’s conservation values are an integral part of the planning process.
  • To establish public informational and educational programs that demonstrate and promote the importance of the natural and cultural legacy of Alabama.

Contact Alabama Forest Resources Center

Dan Dumont
8 St. Joseph St.
2nd Floor
Mobile, Alabama  36602
Phone: (251) 433-2372
Cell Phone: (251) 680-0782
Fax: (251) 433-2374


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Alabama

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