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Center Stage - Spotlight on our Valuable Resources


Center Stage












“Center Stage” is a series of stories about our most valuable resources - Forest Service employees. Learn more about how National Forests in Alabama employees are making a difference for the national forest and their communities.





John Moran-Fisheries Biologist

Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez

Hernandez is the timber management assistant and silviculturist on the Conecuh National Forest in Andalusia, Alabama, a short distance from the Florida panhandle.

Lovoyd Fountain  in front of the FS Shield

Lovoyd L Fountain

Lovoyd has parallel careers in the U.S. Forest Service, where he is a civil engineering technician on the Oakmulgee Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest and Field Artillery Officer with the rank of Colonel for the U.S. Army.

Cameron Seals

Cameron Seals

Cameron currently serves as a natural resource specialist on the Tuskegee National Forest.
Cameron insists that it is important to protect natural resources. He knows how important they are.

Allison Baker Cochroan surveying endangered bats in a cave

Allison Baker Cochran

Public service is the key to understanding Allison Baker Cochran, district wildlife biologist on the Bankhead National Forest.  A conversation with her is laced with references to the general public and shines through the execution of her technical duties, as well.

Eugene Brooks

Eugene Brooks

Currently the silviculturist for the National Forests in Alabama, Brooks is acutely aware of the importance of mentors in his life and he has responded by freely offering the treasure of his extensive experience. For Brooks, this means providing guidance to others at every level of his professional and private life. For others, it means a world of benefit available for the asking.