In a state where the timber industry has been decimated, the forestry commission is the only place in the country that can actually legally clear the state’s forests.
That means it’s not just about logging anymore.
It also means that anyone who wants to grow a tree can do so legally, and it’s only fair to reward them with a tree.
That’s what the Alabama Forestry Commission is trying to do.
In an effort to protect the state forests from invasive species, the commission has set aside a total of $1.2 billion to create and maintain a tree-planting industry.
The state is already home to over 200,000 acres of native trees.
The commission plans to open more forests to the public this year, which will bring an extra 1,500 acres of trees to the state.
In 2016, the state saw the first tree-saving efforts in the state, when the Alabama Department of Conservation and Forestry, the Forest Service, and the Department of Natural Resources all collaborated to restore more than 4,000 native trees and shrubs.
The department’s first successful effort was in 2013, when more than 1,300 native trees were planted.
The new effort will begin this fall, and is expected to help with tree-pumping efforts.
The agency says it hopes to create more than $20 million in revenue over the next two years.
The department is partnering with the state and a group of companies to put the funds to use in the next few years.
The Forest Service says the money will be used to support the department’s efforts to protect forests, reduce invasive species and promote native tree-bearing trees.
This is the first time the department has ever put money into a tree planting initiative, said Alabama Department Secretary Scott Groskopf.
The commission hopes to be able to start operations by the end of 2018, and hopes to begin selling trees for timber in 2019.
The money will help offset the cost of operating a logging operation, said Groskwopf, who added that the commission plans on using a portion of the money to support an annual tree planting program that the state is also considering.
This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.