College senior Gentry Allen joined the Alabama Farmers Federation staff Jan. 29 for an internship with the organization’s Forestry and Wildlife divisions.
Allen’s main responsibilities will be working on natural resources related issues and updating databases for the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association (ATFA), an affiliate group of the Federation. He will work through April 20.
“Growing up in Choctaw County gave me a great interest in forestry and wildlife,” Allen said. “I am hoping to learn all the ways ATFA and both divisions contribute to maintaining and growing our state’s forestland.”
Federation Forestry and Wildlife Division Director William Green said Allen’s work will help organize communications to and efforts of both divisions.
“My goal is for Gentry to leave here with a better understanding of how the forestry and conservation communities work together,” said Green, who is also ATFA executive director. “Alabama boasts extensive natural resources, and we hope Gentry will soak up knowledge while he’s here that he can use in his future.”
Allen is a 2014 graduate of Patrician Academy in Choctaw County and currently attends Huntingdon College in Montgomery where he is studying business administration. He played safety for Huntingdon’s football team from 2014 to 2017.
He is the son of Steve and Beth Allen of Butler. Steve is a district manager with Alfa Insurance, and Beth is a nurse practitioner director for the State of Alabama.