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Tribute to a True TREASURE

In Loving Memory of Jerry L. Johnson

Jerry Johnson

By Joel Glover, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Department of
Conservation & Natural Resources

A native of Centreville, Alabama, Jerry Johnson received his B.S. degree in

Forest Management from Auburn University. He began his
career with the Soil Conservation Service in 1970.

The TREASURE Forest Program and Alabama’s natural resource professionals lost a true treasure when Jerry Johnson passed away on December 31, 2003.

As state forester for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Jerry was a member of the original group that developed the criteria and guidelines for the TREASURE Forest Program. Serving on the TREASURE Forest subcommittee since its inception, Jerry personally reviewed every single TREASURE Forest nomination. Jerry stated that he felt blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with so many landowners who were practicing good stewardship of their forest and wildlife resources. In turn, the landowners of Alabama were blessed to have Jerry caring for our natural resources.

Jerry was not one to seek recognition for his accomplishments, however he received many honors and awards during his career. He was the first person to receive the Outstanding Young Forester Award in Alabama; he received the Bill Moody TREASURE Forest Award, the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Soil Conservationist of the Year Award, and was elected to the Alabama Foresters Hall of Fame. Although Jerry was charged with many duties, TREASURE Forest always held a special place in his heart. He once commented that being closely associated with TREASURE Forest was a highlight of his career. Maintaining the integrity of the TREASURE Forest Program was his passion.

Those who knew Jerry knew that he was passionate about his Lord, his family, and his profession. He served them all very well. Jerry’s funeral was a celebration of his life and his Lord, Jesus Christ. Although he will be sorely missed, we should not be sad. We should know, as Jerry knew, that goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Until we meet again my friend . . .

Printed in Spring 2004 Alabama’s TREASURED Forests / Page 27