The 2014 recipient is Charles Leonard Allen. Charles spends countless hours involved in many community organizations, all of which promote the natural resources of Bibb County. He is a member of the West Blocton Improvement Committee and leads the planning of the annual Cahaba Lily Festival.
He was instrumental in the early formation of the Coke Ovens Park and has served on the West Blocton Coke Ovens Park Board since its inception. He was a charter member and currently serves as co-president of the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers. He was a charter member and currently serves on the Board of the Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. Other groups in which he participates include the Birmingham Fern Society, Alabama Treasure Forest, the Cahaba River Society and the George Wood Chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society.
In addition to his involvement in these community organizations, Charles spent his career in public service. His career includes time working with the FBI, the Alabama National Guard and 30 years with the Alabama State Troopers. He retired as a Lieutenant.
He was married 37 years to his wife, Kae Canon Allen, for whom the award is named. He has two children, Caryl Kae Allen and Chuck Allen. We are thankful for the contribution Charles makes promoting Bibb County and its natural beauty.