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February 24, 2014   Email to Friend 

Elishia Ballentine
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February 24, 2014

Alabama native Greg Pate was sworn in by Gov. Robert Bentley as Alabama’s new State Forester Feb. 18. He brings more than 30 years of professional forestry experience to the Alabama Forestry Commission, including 25 years in state government and the remainder in the private sector.

Originally from Anniston and a graduate of Walter Wellborn High School, Pate received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management in 1981 from Auburn University. He began his career as a contractor with forestry consultants. He joined the North Carolina Forest Service in 1988, spending the next 25 years in various capacities including forest management, fire suppression, as well as nursery and genetics. He served as regional forester for five years in the Coastal Plain Region. The culmination of his career in North Carolina came in 2012 when he was named as the state forester there. He is a registered forester in both Alabama and North Carolina and holds the distinction of being one of few people who have been a state forester in two states.

Pate credits his wife, Mary, with playing an integral part of his forestry career. The couple have three children and are heavily involved in church, community and school activities.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a great agency like the Alabama Forestry Commission and appreciate the confidence placed in me by the commissioners and GovBentley,” said Pate. “Along with our over 250 employees statewide, I will continue to work with our landowners and forest industry, as well as other natural resources agencies and organizations to ensure that Alabama’s forest resource remains a top economic driver in the state.”

The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama’s forest resources using professionally applied stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state’s forests contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a healthy economy.

Pate replaces former State Forester Linda Casey who resigned the post Jan. 1, 2014. To learn more about the AFC

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