Sykes Named WFF Director
Charles “Chuck” Sykes has been named director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). As director, Sykes will oversee the daily operations of the WFF which regulates hunting and fishing, manages wildlife populations, wildlife habitat, and freshwater fisheries for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).
Sykes is a native of Choctaw County in west Alabama and has been hunting and fishing since the age of six. In 1992, Sykes received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Sciences from the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. After graduating from Auburn, Sykes formed a natural resources consulting firm, C&S Wildlife Services, which managed thousands of acres for landowners throughout the United States.
In 2001, Sykes created “The Management Advantage” television program. The show aired for 11 years on the Outdoor Channel and focused on wildlife management and habitat restoration for both game and non-game species. The program is currently being produced as an online video series.
Prior to his appointment as WFF Director, Sykes served as Senior Scientist and Biological Services Manager for Environmental 360, Inc., an environmental and resource management company based in Tennessee. During his tenure with the company, Sykes was responsible for land resource management, forest sustainability services, and feral hog removal.
“Chuck’s dedication to wildlife and wildlife habitat management is a perfect fit with the mission of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division,” said N. Gunter Guy, Jr., ADCNR Commissioner. “His insight into the best practices of wildlife management will serve him well as director, and will benefit all Alabamians by helping to ensure our outdoor heritage for future generations.”
For Sykes, Alabama’s diverse natural environment and abundant wildlife make it a special place to live. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with everyone in our great state on behalf of our wildlife and natural resources. I look forward to it,” he said.
Sykes and his wife Susan live in Wetumpka with their two cats and two dogs. Away from work, Sykes is an avid outdoorsman and assists his father with the family farm in Choctaw County.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.