Chris Langley of Chambers County was recently appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to serve a five-year term on the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). The Alabama Senate confirmed the appointment March 12.
Langley, a logger and cattle farmer, is a member of the Chambers County Farmers Federation board of directors. He and wife Elizabeth won the 2017 Farm of Distinction contest and represented Alabama in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. That same year, he was named Alabama’s Logger of the Year.
Self-employed in the forestry industry for more than 40 years, he is owner/operator of Chris Langley Timber & Management Inc. in Camp Hill, which operates three fully mechanized logging crews. Langley Farms includes a 320-cow commercial beef herd on 2,650 acres of timber, hay and grazing land and is a Certified Tree Farm.
“Chris will make a great addition to our commission, and we look forward to working with him,” said State Forester Rick Oates. “His experience as a logger, landowner and cattle farmer should give him a tremendous insight into the mission of the AFC.”
Langley has been active in the Alabama Farmers Federation for over 25 years and has served on the State Forestry Committee. He has been a member of the Alabama Forestry Association for more than 20 years; a member of the Alabama Loggers Council for over 20 years; served as a member of the Chambers County Forestry Planning Committee for 12 years; and was one of the first loggers to be certified as a Professional Logging Manager.
Langley is also past president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, where he has been involved for more than 35 years. He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, the American Angus Association, the Alabama Angus Association and the Alabama Master Cattle Program.
The Langleys have four children, Christopher, Charlie, Chandler and Chelsea.
As the newest AFC commissioner, Langley replaces Stephen May III. At the January meeting of the Alabama Forestry Commission, Robert Turner of Sulligent was elected chairman, and Joseph H. Twardy of Auburn was elected vice chairman. Other commissioners include Katrenia Kier of Huntsville, Jane Russell of Lapine, Robert Sharp of Mobile and Dr. Bill Sudduth of Tuscaloosa.
This seven-member board, appointed by the governor and approved by the Alabama Senate, sets policy for the AFC, the state agency charged with protecting and sustaining Alabama’s forest resources. These resources contribute to abundant timber and wildlife; clean air and water; and a healthy economy.
Learn more about the AFC at forestry.alabama.gov.