TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (June 22, 2016) – State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) has been named the Alabama House Legislative Leader of the Year by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) at a recent award ceremony in Poole’s home district.

Rep. Poole received the award for his dedicated service, leadership, and assistance to all citizens for the wise use of Alabama’s natural resources.

(Photo L-R) Dr. William Puckett, Kenny Lee (District Secretary/Treasurer), Rep. Bill Poole, John E. Walker, III, and Frank Hamiter (District Vice-Chairman)

Poole is serving in his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives representing District 63, which covers a portion of Tuscaloosa County.

He is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee which funds the K-12 Foundation program, higher education, and other important services such as workforce development. He also serves his constituents as the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation Chair.

Poole highlighted the economic impact of agriculture and the positive benefit of conservation districts on Alabama’s economy. He recalled his time growing up in the small town of Dayton in Marengo County where row cropping and dairy farming were imperative to the economy.

“I’ve seen first-hand in rural Alabama how much of an impact agriculture has on a community,” said Poole. “It hurts the economy and our citizens when those industries decrease. You have my support to help ensure that we protect those businesses and jobs.”

Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) Executive Director Bill Puckett thanked Rep. Poole for his leadership in the Alabama Legislature and successes in Tuscaloosa County.

“We recognize he has a difficult task, but thanks to his commitment to conservation and educating our communities about using natural resources wisely, our agency continued to serve farmers, land users, and students in each county across the state,” said Puckett. “As a result, in Tuscaloosa County, alone, we were able to bring in $1 million from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to help the land and support Alabama’s number 1 industry – agriculture.”

AACD President Laslie Hall commended Rep. Poole for his accessibility and service to constituents.

“Rep. Poole has been very inclusive and has worked well with our members,” said Hall. “We are an organization made up of many partners. His partnership and participation in the Legislature adds to our success.”

AACD is the unified voice of all 67 conservation districts across the state. Organized as a 501(c)(3), AACD is dedicated to cooperating with SWCC; supporting programs and services that conserve, enhance, and protect Alabama’s vast natural resources; and informing policy makers at the state and federal level about natural resources issues.

Conservation districts work hand-in-hand with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to secure funding and technical assistance for landowners and farmers.

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