Bruce Springer, R.F.
Assistant State Forester, Alabama
Bruce Springer officially assumed the responsibilities of Assistant State Forester in February of 2018. A registered forester in the state of Alabama since 1986, Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in forest management and business from Purdue University. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Alabama in 1983 to work for Sizemore & Sizemore, an international forestry consulting firm. Mapping over a million acres of forestland while employed there, he says he gained invaluable experience in timber inventory and appraisals, as well as an understanding of forest industry and forest markets throughout the Southeast.
Beginning his career with the Alabama Forestry Commission as a staff forester in 1991, Springer has held various forestry and leadership positions over many years of service. He served as County Manager in Chilton County for ten years. He then transferred to state headquarters in Montgomery as Forest Management Division Director, a role in which he served for four years, overseeing all forest management assistance programs to forest landowners statewide. Named a Regional Forester in 2005, he supervised up to 60 regional- and county-level staff in 18 counties with an annual budget up to $5 million. He held that position until assuming his current duties.
Bruce and his wife, Virginia, live in Thorsby, Alabama. They have two children and three grandchildren.