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Eminent Domain Restrictions Resulting from the Kelo Decision
Code of Alabama §11-47-170 and §11-80-1 (Act 2005-313) specifies that a municipality or county may not condemn property for retail, office, commercial, manufacturing, industrial or residential development. Provided, however, the provisions shall not apply to the use of eminent domain by any municipality, housing authority, or other public entity based upon a finding of blight in an area covered by any redevelopment plan or urban renewal plan pursuant to Chapters 2 and 3 of Title 24.

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Open Space/Conservation

TREASURE Forest Program
The Timber, Recreation, Environment and Aesthetics for a Sustained Useable Resource (TREASURE) was established in 1975 to promote sound and sustainable, multiple-use forest management. This type of management encourages landowners to use their forests wisely to meet their own needs while at the same time protecting and enhancing the environment. The TREASURE Forest program promotes this management ethic through education and recognition.

Contact:
Alabama Forest Commission
513 Madison Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(334) 240-9300

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Uniform Conservation Easement Act
Code of Alabama §35-18-1 et seq. provides for the state’s Uniform Conservation Easement Act, which authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program is a US Forest Service grant program for protecting and conserving important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, such as development. The Alabama Forestry Commission is the lead agency responsible for administering the program in the state. The program achieves its goals through the voluntary easements and fee simple purchases. 

Contact:
Alabama Forest Commission
513 Madison Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104-2550
(334) 240-9300

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Alabama Forever Wild Land Acquisition Program
Amendment 543 to the Alabama Constitution of 1901 created the Alabama Forever Wild Land Acquisition program under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to acquire lands to “ensure their protection and use for conservational, educational, recreational or aesthetic purposes.”  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources serves as the lead management agency with respect to all lands acquired. 

Contact:
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3020
(334) 242-3484

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State Contact Information

National Guard Military Liaison
Colonel Dennis Butters, Public Affairs Officer
Alabama National Guard Public Affairs Office 
1720 Congressman Dickinson Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-2602
P.O. Box 3711
Montgomery, Alabama  36109-3711
(334) 271-7207
(334) 271-7452 fax
dennis.butters@us.army.mil

Adjutant General
Major General Perry G. Smith
Alabama National Guard
Alabama State Military Department
1720 Congressman Dickinson Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-2602
P.O. Box 3711
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-3711
(334) 271-7200
(334) 213-7511 fax
perry.g.smith@us.army.mil

Legislative Committees
Committees of primary jurisdiction are the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs and the House Committee on Military and Veteran’s Affairs. Legislative committee staff defer to the office of the Adjutant General for representation of the military on pertinent state issues. 

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Veteran’s and Military Affairs
Senator Bill Holtzclaw, Chairman
11 South Union Street, Room 731
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
(334) 242-7854
bill.holtzclaw@alsenate.gov

House Committee on Public Safety
Representative DuWayne Bridges, Chairperson
11 South Union Street, Room 423
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
(334) 242-7708
duwayne.bridges@alhouse.gov