Tim Scott of Cullman was recently awarded Soil Conservationist of the Year Award at the 2012 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The Alabama Wildlife Federation held the banquet, co-sponsored by the Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Other sponsors included Consolidated Pipe & Supply, Inc., First South Farm Credit, Mr. Josh and Mrs. Mary Virginia Mandell, Mr. Lee Thuston, McGiffert & Associates, LLC and Talladega Superspeedway.
The AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards (GCAA) are the most prestigious conservation honor in the state of Alabama. Over the past 30 years, the AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.
Tim Scott joined the Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1999. For the past 13 years, he has worked with landowners in Cullman County to implement beneficial soil and water conservation practices across the landscape.
A farmer himself, Tim has organized and led programs related to everything from Organic Farming to Precision Agriculture to Irrigation. In all of these activities, he promotes best management practices that conserve soil resources while also reducing the potential for negative impacts on water quality. In fact, he serves as project manager for Section 319 demonstration projects that show how impaired streams can actually be improved. He has also been instrumental in providing education and assistance to livestock owners to implement best management practices and strategies to reduce impacts associated with livestock operations.
In addition to working with landowners, Tim utilizes his time and expertise to educate youth about soil and water conservation. He is an annual presenter at the Cullman County Water Festival which shows K-sixth graders how land use in the watershed can have positive and negative impacts based on the individual decisions that people make. Tim also participates in the annual Forestry Awareness Now projects and Touring Farms for Kids.
Tim has also been responsible for highly successful monitoring and best management practices implementation in the Duck River Watershed through monthly water quality sampling, annual biological sampling, watershed management planning, and one-on-one technical assistance and guidance to land users in the watershed.
The GCAA was created to promote leadership by example and in turn increase conservation of the natural resources in the state of Alabama including its wildlife, forests, soils, water and air. The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of their community and state.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the AWF, a 501(c)3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact the AWF at 1-800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.