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AFA Newsroom V7 No. 19 - September 15, 2012
AFA 2012 Annual Meeting: Great Weather, Great Golf, Beautiful Beaches and Good Times
The Alabama Forestry Association's 2012 Annual Meeting came off without a hitch, as more than 300 people gathered at beautiful Perdido Beach Resort Sept. 9-11, to enjoy informative program sessions, hear from state leaders -- including Gov. Robert Bentley -- and frolic on the sugar white beaches of Orange Beach as cooler temperatures and less humid air announced the approaching Fall season.
While there were plenty of highlights, one of the best was the awarding of the "AFA Distinguished Member Award" to Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey who, besides here tenure as a state leader in several capacities, has been a long standing member of the AFA as her family was before her.
Kay seemed genuinely surprised by the award which the AFA staff tried to keep under wraps until it was bestowed on Kay. The Lt. Gov. thanked the Association for supporting her while most other groups backed her opponent in the 2010 election.
Another highlight was a program session that included presentations by Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama State Senator Trip Pittman and Alabama Representative Jay Love. The Governor spoke about his economic development program and the importance of education in preparing young Alabamians for the jobs they will be called on to fill in the future. The two lawmakers talked about the legislative process and the importance of having an education system that is well-funded and attuned to the needs of employers and business owners.
As the Governor saw it: "Our education system isn't doing the job it should be doing if it does not prepare our students for the jobs of the future."
As is always the case, there was a great group of exhibitors who brought their companies products and services directly to AFA members.
In addition to everything else, there was golf for the golfers and a "beach bash" for the bashers and music by the "Sweet Young'uns" for the dancers. All in all it was a good turnout and attendees seemed to have a great time at the AFA Annual Meeting.
Photos: Above, AFA EVP Chris Isaacson presents the Browing Rifle to winner Elmo Ziebach. In photo at top left, Chris (left) and AFA President Barrett McCall present the Distinguished Member Award to Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey. Gov. Robert Bentley is picture at lower right. He was one of the program presenters and talked about the importance of education in economic development.
Don't Forget to Vote on Tuesday, September 18
As most of you already know, there is a special election on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, that would amend the State Constitution to facilitate the transfer of $145 million a year for three years from the Alabama Trust Fund. The ATF was established as a trust fund to ensure that money from the sale of offshore oil drilling rights would be put to good use and invested in order to provide a more stable funding source for Alabama General Fund agencies. The Alabama Policy Institute has reduced the funding involved in the trust fund transfer to a single page.
The Alabama Forestry Association's position on the Amendment 1 vote is that the Association cannot support the amendment because, among other things, it would take about 20% from the principal of the ATF without a provision in the Amendment for paying the money back. Several state leaders have said that it is their intent that the money be paid back to the ATF, but there is no provision in either the proposed Amendment or existing state law that would mandate the repayment of the funds.
Click here for the AFA position paper on Amendment 1
Latest Logger Notes Talks about Fuel Savings Tips and Warns About "Obscured Tail Lights"
In the latest edition of Logger Notes, Ray provides some "fuel saving tips" now that diesel prices are once again moving higher. He also notes that ALDPS troopers are starting to write a lot of tickets for obscured trailer tail lights.
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Alabama Erosion & Sediment Control Partnership to Host Seminars
The Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Partnership will be hosting two seminars and field days to help planners, designers, contractors, inspectors and others learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products.
These programs will be held in Huntsville, September 26 and 27 and again in Spanish Fort, October 10 and 11. They qualify for 10 hours of PLM and CFE credit. For more information see the flyer or contact Earl Norton, Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator, Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee at 334 887-4570.
University of Florida Study Shows Overarching Value of Managed Forests to Ecosystem
As forests grow, they filter water, store carbon and peform other helpful functions that are known collectively as ecosystem services. These services are often overlooked by the public but University of Florida researchers found a way to estimate their dollar value, which can exceed $5,000 per acre over a 20-year period.
Fayette Man Indicted for Defrauding Landowners
James Richard Guy, aged 53 of Fayettem Alabama, has been indicted by a Fayette County Grand Jury for defrauding four landowners during timber purchases. Indictments charge Guy with four counts of Theft of Property, First Degree, and three counts of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument, Second Degree. Guy is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail, AFC reports.
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Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey encourages AFA Members to Support Romney for President
Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is looking for a few good conservatives to help out with the Romney campaign. Lt. Gov. Ivey is encouraging AFA members and others to get behind the Republican challenger to President Obama in an effort elect a more business and forestry friendly President.
Democrats Boo Adding Lauguage about God and Israel to Party Platform
Just when you thought you'd see it all, it was reported during the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, that this year's Democratic Party Platform had removed language about God's sovereignty and the Party's support of Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel.
In an effort to atone for those omissions, the Democrats brought the issue to the floor for the delegates to vote on reestablishing the language to the Party Platform. The problem was, the delegates did not want the striken language put back into their party platform as the attached video attests.
John and Deborah Giles Book Called Home Recounts the Loss of Their Son Micah
In a new book endorsed by former minister and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, John and Deborah Giles chronical the loss of their son Micah who was killed when his Jeep left the road on the way home from visiting friends when he was 19-years-old. Anyone who has dealt with the death of a beloved child will identify with the pain and suffering the Gile's family endure after Micah's death. For those of you who live in the Andalusia area, John and Deborah will be at book signing at the Sugar Rush Bakery & Coffee House tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 15).
Colorado is Looking for a New State Forester
The state of Colorado is looking for a new State Forester. Folks who are interested in applying will need to get their applications in by December 15, 1012.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has Disaster Loans that are Available for Alabama
The Small Business Administration (ABA) has announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in the counties of Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair and Talladega in Alabama as a result of the drought that began on August 7, 2012.
GAO Reports Electricity Costs to Go Up and Reliabiltiy to Go Down Due to Current Policy
In July, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report entitled "EPA Regulations and Electricity" which detailed the requirements of major EPA rules and their likely impacts on U.S. power plants. Few seemed to have noticed the findings of the report. They should have!
AFA Member Sandy Stimpson Running for Mayor of Mobile
Sandy Stimpson who, along with his brother Fred and other family members, runs Scotch Gulf Lumber Company in Mobile has cast his hat into the ring to run for Mayor of the Port City.
Sandy will be running against incumbent Mayor Sam Jones.
Alabama is a Leader in the Pulp and Paper Industry New Project Development
SUGAR LAND, TX -- A historical analysis of the Industrial Info Project Database, dating back to January 2000, indicated that Alabama has been the leader in new project development at pulp and paper mills across the U.S. Industrial Info has reported on more than 235 capital and mantenance projects at mills in Alabama, with investment values totaling more than $2.6 billion.
EVP Talks About What a Difference 4 Months Makes
At midnight on May 16th as the gavel sounded the end of the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature the debate that is raging today was set in motion and at 7:00 pm next Tuesday that debate will end. The debate centers on a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, will allow the Legislature to remove $435 million from the Alabama Trust Fund (ATF) over the next three years.
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