Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
Ryan Peek, Coordinator, Forestry BMP Monitoring Program, Alabama Forestry Commission
“Alabama Forestry Commission’s Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) Monitoring Program”
Seminar is held at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 1101 in the SFWS Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL.
Abstract: Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are important measures for protecting the waters of Alabama. Alabama’s Forestry BMPs are non-regulatory guidelines that when implemented reduce the chance for violating water quality laws. The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has been collecting BMP monitoring data in some form since 1991. The AFC also has a responsibility for providing BMP education to landowners, loggers, foresters, vendors, and the general public to ensure sound forest stewardship principles are understood and implemented. This presentation will cover the history, framework, and the three pillars of AFC’s BMP program: BMP implementation monitoring, BMP education, and complaint resolution.
Biography: Ryan Peek joined the Alabama Forestry Commission as a County Forester on March 01, 2012. He is currently overseeing the Commission’s BMP and Landowner Assistance programs. He works with a variety of government and non-government partners to help ensure that forestry BMPs are being implemented on the ground. Mr. Peek brought a wide range of experience to the Commission from mapping invasive species in Fairbanks, Alaska to conducting low impact logging operations in Branson, Missouri. He is a registered forester in Alabama and holds a B.S. degree in forest resource management from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Prattville, Alabama and when not engaged in forestry activities can be found fishing on Lay Lake or turning wrenches in his garage.