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Jerry L. Johnson Award

Jerry L. Johnson

Alabama NRCS is proud to announce the establishment of the Jerry L. Johnson Award.  This award is given for Excellence in Public Service Through One's Family, Employment, Profession, and Community and will publicly recognize one NRCS employee annually who exhibits the characteristics of Jerry Johnson’s spirit and concern for his family, fellow employees, the environment, and his community.

For over 30 years Jerry L. Johnson served conservation in Alabama and showed these qualities. As NRCS State Staff Forester, he worked with the conservation partnership to assist landowners with natural resource concerns. His work and dedication positively impacted the forest, wildlife, and water resources of our state.

Jerry was a leader that quietly helped shape many of the natural resource policies used in the state today. He was steadfast in his belief and support of land stewardship principles.  His dedication to conservation far exceeded his official job duties.  Jerry passed away on December 31, 2003, from a lengthy battle with cancer only a few months after retiring as NRCS State Staff Forester.

Basis for Conferring the Award

A record of coordination with other individuals and organizations was the basis for excellence in Jerry's commitment to family, work, profession, and community. Honesty has been defined as being truthful with others. Integrity has been defined as being truthful with one’s self. Honesty and integrity were the basis for Jerry’s communication with others.

Other qualities exhibited by Jerry to be considered in submitting a nominee:
  • Initiative - a self-starter with contagious energy
  • Vision - seeing beyond the obvious, claiming new objectives
  • Unselfishness - releasing the controls and the glory
  • Teamwork - involving, encouraging, and supporting others
  • Faithfulness - hanging in there in season and out
  • Enthusiasm - providing affirmation, excitement to a task
  • Discipline - modeling great character regardless of the odds
  • Confidence - representing security, faith, and determination.

Who Can Be Nominated for the Award?

All employees of NRCS in Alabama will be eligible. Criteria for nomination are broad. The award recipient should demonstrate the spirit of excellence in one or more of the following categories: career development, involvement with professional organizations, commitment to community/church, and family relationships. In submitting a nomination, tell how the individual excelled, not only as an NRCS employee, but also in their personal and professional life.

Nature of the Award

During the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, the recipient of the award will be recognized and receive a hand-made wood carving. Depending upon the sufficiency and quality of nominations, the award will be conferred annually.

How to Submit a Nomination

Persons may nominate themselves or anyone whom they believe to be qualified. Nominations must be submitted in writing on or before August 30 of the current year’s award.  The official nomination form is available below.

Submit nominations to, or obtain additional information from:

NRCS State Conservationist
P.O. Box 311
Auburn, Alabama 36830
Phone: 334-887-4500
Fax: 334-887-4552

Award Information and Selection Committee

The award was established with funding from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust, for which Jerry worked for many years.  The Trust, founded in 1992 by benefactor Harry Murphy, offers small monetary grants to people who have ideas about how to connect landowners to resource professionals especially consulting foresters.  This is the ultimate landowner assistance program. 

The Award Selection Committee includes representatives from NRCS, the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

Selections for Jerry L. Johnson Award

Additional Information about Jerry Johnson

  • Photos of Jerry Johnson
  • Gloria Johnson - (Jerry's wife) letter to Larkin Wade about dedication ceremony of a site in memory of Jerry Johnson on the property of Sylvia and James Hughes
    • Bill Moody- (Former State Forester, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) comments at dedication ceremony
    • Dan James- (TREASURE Forest Landowner) comments at dedication ceremony
  • Rhett Johnson - (Director of the  Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Auburn University) Memorial for Jerry Johnson printed in the Board of Registered Forester's Newsletter.
  • TREASURED Forest Memorial for Jerry Johnson - written by Joel Glover, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Nomination Form

The following document is provided in  Adobe Acrobat.

Jerry L. Johnson Award Nomination Form .pdf  (Text only version)