REAL ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Marion County Farmers Federation President Kenneth Real of Detroit, Ala., has been elected chairman of the Alabama Forestry Commission. Real, who is a member of the Federation's State Forestry Committee, has served on the commission since March 2006.
Johnny McReynolds of Russellville was re-elected as vice chairman. McReynolds since November 2008.
Real, a registered forester in Alabama and Mississippi is a 1977 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. He has 33 years of forestry experience and is president and owner of Realwood, Inc., which he started in 1993. He was procurement manager for Hankins Wilson Lumber Company in Houston, Ala. from 1983 to 1993. Prior to that, he was procurement forester for Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Co. in Ackerman, Ms. In addition to his service to the Alabama Farmers Federation; he is a member of the Alabama Forestry Association.
McReynolds is a registered forester in Alabama and Mississippi. He is vice president of Homan Industries where he has worked for the last 23 years. Previously, he served as president and forestry consultant of Woodlands Managers, Inc. in Russellville. From 1971 through 1985, he was procurement manager with Champion International in Courtland, Ala. McReynolds earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics from Mississippi State University in 1968, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management in 1971.
Other members of the AFC Board of Commissioners are immediate past chairman Don Heath of Hoover; Jett Freeman of Spanish Fort; Randy Gilmore of McCalla; Melisa Love of Opelika and Jerry Smith of Vernon. The seven-member board, appointed by the governor and approved by the Alabama Senate, is responsible for setting policy for the commission, which is the state agency charged with protecting and sustaining Alabama's forest resources. To learn more about the AFC, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov