Lanier Honored with Environmental Award

Lanett, Ala. resident Campbell (Cam) Lanier, III is the recipient of the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award presented to him in a ceremony at his ITC Holding Company office. The award, administered by the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, recognizes individual achievements in promoting the wiser use of renewable natural resources.

Lanier owns Enon and Sehoy Plantations in Macon, Bullock and Russell counties in Alabama and is an avid conservationist and sportsman. Both plantations have numerous rare and incomparable conservation values. One of these is the presence of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. This species inhabited the property prior to Lanier’s purchase due to the past land use and management practices, which include prescribed burning and an open, park-like, mature pine forest. Due to several factors including demographic isolation and predation, the population was not growing and in danger of being lost.

In 2007, Alabama’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Program in Alabama. Lanier stepped forward as a conservation leader by volunteering to be the first enrollee in this program, committing to specific management practices benefiting the red-cockaded woodpecker and its protection.

Lanier also has a keen interest in quail hunting and the management of bobwhite quail. Recognizing the need for more quail research to study the development of management procedures to produce optimum habitats and improve reproduction and population size, he opened his plantations to wildlife researchers. He has also been a willing partner and financial supporter of the Alabama Quail Research Project. This extensive research project has united Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Quail Trail, and other private landowners in a joint conservation effort.

Longleaf pine restoration is also a priority for Enon and Sehoy Plantations. Portions of the properties have been aggressively re-established in longleaf pine, which is valuable to many wildlife species.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources nominated Lanier for the Mosley Award. Presenting the award were Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh, Wildlife Section Chief Gary Moody and Nongame Wildlife Coordinator Mark Sasser. Also present was John Stivers, forester and manager for Lanier’s properties. “Mr. Lanier epitomizes the hunter-landowner-conservationist who has been the backbone of wildlife conservation in Alabama. He is very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Pugh.

Mosley award winners receive a certification of recognition, a cash award and a framed, limited-edition reproduction of a forestry/wildlife painting.