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McMillan appointed to AWF

Brewton’s Ed Leigh McMillan III was recently installed as president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) for the 2017-2018.

Voted in during the organization’s Aug. 4 annual meeting, McMillan has served on the AWF Board of Directors for more than 20 years and “brings to AWF a steadfast commitment to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources,” said Tim L. Gothard, AWF executive director.

“Ed and his family are an integral part of the Alabama’s outdoor history and leadership,” Gothard said. “Longleaf stewardship, wise use and care of our natural resources, wildlife management, and outdoor recreation are hallmarks of their longstanding relationship with the land.  We are fortunate again to have someone with that level of commitment to our natural resources and the Alabama Wildlife Federation serve as our President.  We look forward to a productive term under his leadership.”

 As president, McMillan serves on the AWF Executive Committee, as well as the AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Committee, and serves on all AWF committees. He is a managing partner of McMillan Family Holdings LLC. and serves on the board of directors of Cedar Creek Land and Timber Inc., an Alabama corporation that owns and manages more than 215,000 acres of timberland. He is co-owner and general manager of Cedar Creek Lodge LLC a family-owned hunting property in Selma, as well as, co-owner of Double M Farm LLC of Brewton, a cattle farm that raises and sells commercial cross-bred cows and calves. He is also owner and president of McMillan Adventures LLC.

From an early age, McMillan said he was taught to appreciate the land and its related natural resources. It is a lesson he has practiced and continues to pass on to future generations. He shares these experiences with his wife, Perri, and their three children, Edward, Rigby and Meredith. They have five grandchildren, with the sixth one on the way.

 Outside of work, McMillan’s interests include current events, politics, cattle, timber, oil and gas, and of course the great outdoors. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and guiding others in almost any outdoor activity. He especially enjoys guiding turkey hunts with first timers, hunting record book whitetails across North America and tarpon fishing along Florida’s forgotten coast. He is very excited to put his life-long passion for the outdoors and conservation of its resources to great use as the president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. Its mission is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity.