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Carl Pennington receives Jerry Johnson Top Honors Award

Auburn, Ala, Feb. 24, 2012


Carl Pennington receives the Jerry Johnson Award.  (l-r) AACD President Dr. Carol Knight, NRCS Acting State Conservationist Perry Oakes, Carl Pennington, and SWCC Chairman Frank Nalty.  

Carl Pennington, Resource Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Grove Hill, Alabama, was honored at the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) and State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) Meeting in Montgomery as the recipient of the 2011 NRCS Jerry L. Johnson Award. 

State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett said the award was established in honor of the late state forester Jerry Johnson.  It is given annually to an Alabama NRCS employee who exhibits excellence in public service through family, employment, profession, and community. “Carl is a dedicated employee who exemplifies the value of hard work and a passion for conservation.”  Puckett said.

Pennington was selected for his contributions to his community through volunteer work and church activities, and for his leadership in soil and water conservation activities in Alabama. Carl was named “Outstanding Young Man in America” for three consecutive years and has faithfully served his country for over 32 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He is an advocate for the Boy Scouts of America serving as scoutmaster for 15 years. He also serves as a Board of Director for the White Smith Library of Jackson, Alabama.  During his tenure, the library expanded to a $1.2 million facility serving three counties. 

Carl began his career with NRCS in Jackson County, Alabama, in January 1980.   As a Conservationist, Carl has a true "can do" spirit and is distinguished as someone who goes out of his way to help people manage their land and natural resources.  He demonstrates strength, integrity, and a commitment to excellence in public service.  

Pennington was nominated by co-worker Randall East, Resource Engineer, Grove Hill, Alabama, who was the recipient of the award in 2006.  Randall says, “Carl uses his knowledge, leadership, and teaching abilities to help new employees develop skills to become good stewards and to learn to protect soil and water resources. He has mentored student interns and new conservationists through the years. His counsel is valued by management, co-workers, and landowners alike.  He always makes himself available to assist with problems, opportunities, or new programs.”

Carl is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a BS in agricultural extension education.  He has been married to his wife, Angela, for 30 years and they have three children, Carla, Kyle, and Kerrigan.

The Jerry L. Johnson Award was established in 2005 and is funded by the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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.

More information on the Jerry L. Johnson Award.