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Alex Ballard Named Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator for MFC

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Ballard as the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator. Ballard holds a degree in forestry and a concentration in urban forestry from Mississippi State University. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role.

After graduating in 2018, Alex embarked on an internship with MFC, conducting urban tree inventory in Hattiesburg, MS. Following the internship, he spent four years working as an urban forestry specialist for the Georgia Forestry Commission, assisting communities with their urban forestry needs. In December 2022, Alex returned to his home state and MFC, where he worked to continue his passion for working with communities and providing them with urban forestry guidance.

Based in Starkville, Alex works with communities across Mississippi, offering his expertise. He holds several certifications, including ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification), a registered forester, and a Part 107 Drone Pilot license for the FAA.

Todd Matthews, MFC’s Forest Management Chief, expressed his enthusiasm for Alex’s appointment, stating, “We are so glad to have the knowledge and leadership Alex can offer. He is a valuable part of our team, and I look forward to seeing our urban and community partnership program grow moving forward.”

Alex enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family in his spare time. During the fall, he can often be found watching football with them and waiting for his favorite team to score touchdowns. Additionally, Alex has a deep appreciation for nature and frequently spends time outdoors.

As the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Alex will be crucial in strengthening the MFC’s commitment to urban forestry. His expertise and advice will ensure that communities across Mississippi receive the guidance and support they need to enhance their urban forest ecosystems.

For more information about MFC’s Urban and Community Forestry initiatives, click here.