from USDA NRCS Alabama
Executive Director of the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, Eddie May was recently awarded the Gary Fortenberry Award for the North Region. The award is given to representatives of government agencies for their partnership and support of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association (ATFA).
According to ATFA, Eddie has assisted Soil and Water Conservation Districts in obtaining funds for forestry programs, including the wildlife school held in Talladega National Forest this year. He has been instrumental in promoting forestry to historically under served landowners in Alabama by putting private minority landowners in direct contact with federal agencies that are able to aid them with technical and financial assistance.
Through Eddie’s outreach programs, network and his willingness to help, he has made outstanding contributions to the Cleburne and Calhoun ATFA Chapters. These facts, in addition to several more made Eddie May an ideal recipient for this year’s Gary Fortenberry Award.
Eddie currently lives in Oxford, Alabama with his wife Veronica Stepes. They have one son and one grandson.
More about the Award | Mr. Gary Fortenberry and his wife, Shirley, owned forest land in Choctaw County, Alabama. The Fortenberrys always shared their property with those interested in learning. Their property became a certified TREASURE Forest in 1980.