The Conservation Advisory Board, created by statute, is composed of 10 members appointed by the Governor for alternating terms of six years, and three ex-officio members in the persons of 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 Advisory Board assists in formulating policies for the Department of Conservation, examines all rules and regulations and makes recommendations for their change or amendment. By a two-thirds vote of the members present and with the governor’s approval, the Board can amend, make any changes, repeal or create and promulgate additional rules and regulations. The Board also assists in publicizing the department’s programs and activities.


  • The next meeting is scheduled for May 19, location TBD
  • March 3, 2018, Montgomery, State Capitol Auditorium. 


  1. Call to Order – Chairman
  2. Invocation – Prayer
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
  4. Conservation Statement
  5. Call for a Quorum
  6. Introduction of Board Members and Their District Reports
  7. Approval of Minutes
  8. Commissioner’s Report
  9. Special Orders/Public Comments
  10. Unfinished Business
  11. New Business
  12. Announcements
  13. Location and Time of Next Meeting
  14. Adjourn

Standing Rules

  • Those who wish to address the Board must register between 8:00 and 8:30 am.
  • The meeting will begin at 9:00 am. 
  • Please bring 18 copies of all documents you wish to distribute to the Board to the registration table. Make sure your name and organization is on each document.
  • After registering before the meeting, the person wishing to speak should go to the designated microphone when called. After being recognized by the Chair, the person should first give his/her name, city and county. The time limit to speak is three minutes.
  • If several persons wish to speak on the same subject, the group should choose one speaker to represent them. The Chair may or may not choose to call on each person in that group to speak for additional information.
  • Questions or debate from Advisory Board members shall  be limited to 10 minutes.
  • No person may speak twice until all registered speakers have spoken, and then only at the discretion of the Chair.

Advisory Board Minutes

Advisory Board Map

Board Members (updated October 2017)


Contact Address

Term Expires

Congressional District

Joseph Dobbs, Jr., Chairman

PO Box 430183
Birmingham, AL  35243


March 28, 2021


Greg Barksdale

PO Box 99

Rainsville, AL  35986

September 30, 2023


Brock Jones

7818 County Road 20
Boligee, AL 35443

March 28, 2021


Patrick Cagle

PO Box 1121
Montgomery, AL  36104

March 28, 2021


Jessica Butler

316 South Broad Street
Scottsboro, AL  35768

September 30, 2023


Grady Hartzog

PO Box 787
Eufaula, AL  36072

March 28, 2021


Raymond Jones, Jr.

PO Box 2545
Huntsville, AL  35804

May 9, 2019


Jeff Martin

2632 Martin Street South
Pell City, AL  35125

May 9, 2019


Ben C. Stimpson, Jr.

PO Box 1663
Mobile, AL  36633

September 30, 2023


Gary Wolfe

19698 S. Greeno Road
Fairhope, AL 36532

March 28, 2021


Ex-officio Members

  • Kay Ivey, Governor
  • Dr. Gary Lemme, Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • John McMillan, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industries

Ex-officio Secretary of the Board

  • Christopher M. Blankenship, Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources