Allred Receives Alabama NRCS Top Honor
By Fay Garner, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS, Auburn, AL
Jeff Allred was recipient of the 2012 Jerry Johnson Award. (l-r) NRCS State Staff Forester Tim Albritton, Dana and Jeff Allred; and Alabama NRCS State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett.
Auburn, Ala, December 5, 2012 - NRCS State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced Jeffery (Jeff) W. Allred as the recipient of the 2012 Jerry L. Johnson Award. Allred was recognized during the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts’ Annual Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama. “Jeff is an exemplary employee whose work performance and service are of the highest caliber,” said Puckett. This annual award—given in honor of the late Jerry Johnson, State Staff Forester—recognizes an individual who exhibits excellence in public service through employment, profession, community, and family.
“While Jerry served as State Staff Forester in Alabama, I had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him,” Allred said. “I always appreciated his smile, personality, professionalism, and faith. I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”
Jeff graduated from Auburn University in 1993 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. During his college tenure he worked as a District Technician in Walker County from 1988-1990 and as an Engineering Aid in the Auburn NRCS State Office from 1990-1993. Allred is currently the Resource Engineer for the NRCS Central Team in Bessemer, Alabama, serving 18 counties.
Jeff‘s professionalism and knowledge has earned him respect from his counterparts in the engineering field in Alabama and across the nation. Because of these traits, he has been tapped to work on special NRCS projects. Jeff helped perfect engineering standards for national pond design software that is used today. He was instrumental in ranking, designing, implementing, and restoring thousands of acres of Alabama land enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. His guidance was sought by other engineers in designing wetland restoration structures. His tireless dedication will enable this easement program to protect lands for future generations.
As a young engineer, in 1994, he was detailed for about eight months to Ozark, Alabama, to provide NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) support to the area following Hurricane Alberto. He designed and supervised the construction of about 50 sites.
Recently he worked closely with county and city engineers following the devastating Alabama tornadoes. He ensured that EWP contracts were completed properly and in a timely manner.
Jeff is also involved in professional organizations like the Alabama Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society. This group advocates for the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
Jeff gives back to his community. Over the past five years, he and his family were members of Rock Creek Baptist Church in Eva, AL, where he excelled in juggling two vocations as a bi-vocational pastor for the church and full-time NRCS employee. He and his family have now moved back to his hometown of Jasper, AL, where they are active members at Northside Baptist Church.
To all those who know him, Jeff is a devoted husband to Dana, his wife of 19 years. He is also a loving father to his daughter, Anna. His motto is God comes first, family second, and everything else will fall into place.
NRCS Wildlife Biologists Jeff Thurmond and Jim Schrenkel nominated Allred for the award. They said he takes pride in his work, produces quality engineering products, and is well respected by co-workers, landowners, and engineering professionals across the United States.
The Jerry L. Johnson Award was established in 2005 by the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust in honor of Jerry L. Johnson, Alabama NRCS State Staff Forester, who passed away in 2003, from a lengthy battle with cancer only a few months after retiring from the agency. The selection committee is comprised of representatives from the Bradley/Murphy Trust, Alabama State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, and Alabama NRCS. The Oak Leaf award Jeff received is custom made by an Ohio artesian.