Elder Billy Smith, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, talks with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
Alabama state legislators took a few moments from their busy schedules to relax at the Annual Legislative Reception hosted by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) in Montgomery, Alabama. The reception was held at the RSA Activity Center. Conservation leaders from around the state met with elected officials to discuss agricultural issues affecting rural Alabama. The event drew Governor Robert Bentley and numerous state representatives and senators.
Elder James W. (Billy) Smith, Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI), participated in this year’s event. Mr. Smith serves as Tribal representative on the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council. “This is an excellent opportunity to network with legislators on agricultural issues facing private and tribal landowners,” said Smith.
Elder Smith extended an invitation to Governor Bentley and local legislators to visit the PBCI Reservation to see USDA programs being implemented to address natural resources issues on Tribal lands. Elder Smith thanked the legislators and Governor for their past support and asked for their continued support of RC&D and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private lands and many public lands in the United States.
For more information about NRCS programs on the PBCI Tribal lands, contact David Elliott, NRCS Tribal Liaison at 5535 Poarch Road, Atmore, Alabama, or call the NRCS Tribal Office at 251-368-0826.