Two Reappointed To Conservation Board

Raymond Jones Jr. of Huntsville and Jeff Martin of Pell City have been re-appointed to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Martin, a dedicated angler, hunter and conservationist, is president and co-founder of Vicious Fishing, a fishing tackle manufacturer located in Dora, Ala. Martin also currently serves on the board of the Tackle the Storm Foundation, which was founded in 2011 after the devastation of Joplin, Mo., to provide fishing rods, reels and other equipment to children who lost everything in the tornadoes. Martin served four years as co-chair of the auction committee for the Alabama Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt.

Martin replaced Grant Lynch of Talladega on the Conservation Advisory Board in February 2013.

Jones, who has been a board member since 2007, is an avid outdoorsman who owns property designated as Alabama Treasure Forest. Jones is past chairman and founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Huntsville, former Cattleman of the Year of the Madison County Cattleman’s Association and Helen Mosley Treasure Forest Award winner.

“I greatly appreciate Jeff and Raymond’s willingness to serve on the Conservation Advisory Board,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. “I value their expertise and wisdom and look forward to continuing to work with them to protect and promote our state’s rich natural resources.”

The Conservation Advisory Board is composed of 10 members appointed by the governor for alternating terms of six years, and three ex-officio members – the Governor, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, and the Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources serves as the ex-officio secretary of the board.

The board assists in formulating policies for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and examines all rules and regulations. By a two-thirds vote of the members present and with the governor’s approval, the board can amend, change or repeal current rules and regulations or create and promulgate additional rules and regulations. The board also assists in publicizing the department’s programs and activities.