We have earned a reputation as the leading working forest land trust in Alabama, helping private landowners protect nearly 70,000 acres of forest and farm land through conservation easements.
One of the most important tasks of the Alabama Forest Resources Center (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. Concern over the loss of Alabama’s forest and farmlands and their associated invaluable habitats, prompted the AFRC to form a land trust for working forests and farms at its annual meeting on September 12, 1999.
The AFRC was created to enhance, promote and preserve the productivity and sustainability of Alabama’s forest resources to ensure their economic and environmental benefits for future generations.
Established in 1986, the AFRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by an Executive Director and governed by a Board of Directors with state-wide representation.
What We've Achieved
Protection, through conservation easements, of nearly 70,000 acres of farm and forestland in 22 Alabama counties.
Management of endangered species populations on AFRC easements through USFWS and NFWF grants (report)
Secured the purchase of Live Oak Landing to enhance public access to the Mobile Tensaw Delta.
Established the Harrigan Forest Learning Center at the University of Mobile.
Drafted (under contract with AFC) Alabama’s 2010 Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy.
Drafted (under contract with AFC) the 2002 Alabama Forest Legacy Assessment of Need.
Drafted (for AFC) Alabama’s Fourth Forest report, 1987.