Alabama Realigning Wildlife and Fisheries Districts
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFFD) will complete its district realignment on March 1 in a move expected to save $650,000 annually.
Under the realignment, the Prattville District Office will close at the end of February, and the counties currently in District IV will be absorbed by the remaining five districts. The attrition of supervisory-level positions will account for a significant portion of the cost savings.
The restructuring plan addresses the effects of the economic downturn on WFFD, which is self-supporting through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and corresponding federal funds.
"License-buying hunters and anglers provide funds for the operation of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, and we have a strong sense of responsibility to be as cost-effective as possible," said Corky Pugh, WFFD Director. "The Division is sound financially, but we are dealing proactively with this economic downturn to ensure programs and services to the public are not affected in the future."
The present number of field-level conservation enforcement officers and biologists should not be affected by the change.
"People should not be able to tell any difference in the service to the public," Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said. "The proximity of Prattville to the main offices in Montgomery will allow Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries personnel to respond to any situation or need that arises. Corky Pugh and his Section Chiefs are to be commended for taking the initiative to make these cost-saving changes."
Please see the attached map for the configuration and contact information for the five districts.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.