The Mississippi-Alabama 2014 Rural
Tourism Conference is set for Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood, Mississippi. The conference
is geared toward anyone interested in rural tourism and improving tourism in
Keasal, a forestry and wildlife specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will
be speaking Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. on the
Alabama Master Naturalist (AMN) program.
The AMN program promotes awareness,
understanding and respect of Alabama’s natural world among its citizens and
visitors. The program also develops a statewide corps of well-informed
volunteers to provide education, outreach and service within their communities.
“Alabama is a great place to come if you’re
interested in nature,” Keasal said. “There are a lot of opportunities and
unique places to see.”
The wildlife attractions Alabama
offers to its visitors and residents range from sandhill cranes and other water
fowl migrating through the state to manatees in the coastal areas during the
Keasal added that Alabama is a
great place for retirees. “It’s a great place to retire permanently or to visit,
and because of our climate, people can enjoy the outdoors year-round.”
For more information about the
conference, visit http://www.almsruraltourism.com/.
About Doyle Keasal
Keasal joined Alabama Extension in
June 2003 in the forestry, wildlife and natural resources area, and has since
added 4-H youth and development to his responsibilities.
Before joining Extension, Keasal
taught for the Auburn City School System for 15 years and taught for 6 years in
the Houston Independent School System in Houston, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s
degree from Huntington University and a master’s degree in education from
University of Houston. He also attended Auburn University and Eastern Michigan
Keasal’s interest in natural
resources stems back to his childhood while growing up on a dairy farm in
Michigan and the time spent exploring the woods and fields near his home.
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