I am sure most of you reading this already appreciate the great outdoors.  I do as well.  However, even though I am the Commissioner of Conservation in Alabama and my life’s work has been to protect, provide and enhance outdoor recreation, I had taken some of what we have in Alabama for granted.




In early February of this year, which now feels like 12 months ago, everything was normal. Our US economy was strong, consumer confidence was high and unemployment figures were at historical lows. Then we started to get tidbits of information about this far away virus called Covid-19.

Did anyone fully expect then, what we know now? Not by any stretch... and unfortunately for many, they feel as if our world has turned upside down.