AFA Newsroom V7 No. 25, December 15, 2012
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 from the Staff at the Alabama Forestry Association!
We hope 2013 will be a better year for all of us, our families and our industry. The recession has been long, deep and very hard on Americans in general and forestry in particular. However, there are signs that housing is picking up. Housing often leads the nation out of recession so the recent uptick in home sales and construction is a welcome sign.
As we enter the heart of the holiday season, we should remember that our country was established on a foundation of Christian principles and no attempt by so-called "progressives" to secularize Christmas will change that reality.
When all is said and done, our country remains a beacon of hope for countless millions around the globe! From all of us here at the AFA, have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
IP Reaches Agreement to Sell Temple-Inland Building Products Division to GP for $750 Million
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its Temple-Inland Building Products division to Georgia-Pacific LLC for $750 million in cash, subject to certain pre-and post-closing adjustments.
The assets to be sold include 16 manufacturing facilities - five solid wood mills, four particleboard plants, two medium-density fiberboard plants, one fiberboard plant and four gypsum wallboard plants.
"While not core to IP's strategy, Temple-Inland Building Products is an industry leader," said John Faraci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "I am pleased to have reached a deal that recognizes the strength of the business and provides excellent value for IP shareowners." Continuing reading...
Louisiana-Pacific to Hire 135 in Restart of Idled Clarke County Mill
CLARKE COUNTY, Alabama -- Louisiana-Pacific Corp. plans to hire as many as 135 employees for its Clarke County mill when it reopens the shuttered oriented strand board facility next year.
The company is looking to fill 30 salaried and 105 hourly craftsman positions, said Jamey Barnes, Louisiana-Pacific vice president of OSB.
"We expect to be in a hiring mode going forward until we fill out our hourly roster," he said in a phone interview. "In order to get started up, I have to hire people and start training them as soon as possible."
Larson & McGowin Looking for Entry Level Forester to Work LA and TX
Larson & McGowin, the forest management and cousulting company with offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, is looking to hire an "entry level Graduate Forester to conduct field work in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Responsibilities will initially include timber inventory, timber marking and timber sale preparation.
Additional responsibilities including timber sale administration, development of stand level silvicultural prescriptions and contracting of forestry-related services will be added as the successful candidate develops professionally.
Georgia Governor Announces Opening of Biomass Electric Power Facility At Paper Mill
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Dublin-based Green Power Solutions will open a power plant in Laurens County, creating 35 permanent jobs with an initial capital investment of $95 million. This new biomass-fueled plant is the culmination of more than 18 months of collaboration between Beasley Forestry Products and Land Care Services, and it will support up to 200 additional jobs in the forest industry. Having already received approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission, the GPS plant is slated to be the largest renewable energy qualifying facility developed to date in Georgia.
“Georgia is increasingly becoming a go-to location for biomass-based energy ventures, so we are encouraged by Green Power Solutions’ decision to choose Dublin and Laurens County for this innovative renewable energy plant,” said Deal. “Companies such as Green Power Solutions do well in Georgia due in large part to our plentiful forestry resources and existing workforce trained for this industry.”
A Small Town in New Jersey Impressed with Alabama Power Storm-Relief Crews
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Apparently, Rhett Butler really does give a damn.
A small town in New Jersey, left without electricity for more than a week following Hurricane Sandy, saw Southerners ride to the rescue in the form of dozens of Alabama Power Co. employees. The Alabama crews left Fair Haven residents impressed. And not just by the efficiency with which they restored power.
"They kept calling me 'Miss Theresa,'" said Fair Haven administrator Theresa Casagrande. "I felt like I was on the set of 'Gone With the Wind.'"
ALC Director Busy Meeting With County Commissioners Concerning "Model Ordinance"
By Ray Clifton
We continue to spend a significant amount of time traveling across our great state and talking to our members and county officials about the "model logging ordinance" that is being marketed as a "requirement" to comply with State Law 2012-257 (the "Logging Notice Act").
This has been a great opportunity for us to meet and engage those whom we have voted into office to represent us. Most of the county commissioners I have meet with over the last two months have been very interested in what we do and have come to realize the importance of forestry to their local economy.
To read the rest of Ray's story in Logger Notes, click here.
International Paper Names Carl Gunter New Manager for Prattville Paper Mill
International Paper announced recently that it has has named Carl Gunter to take over as operations manager of the company's Prattville mill.
Gunter, who will assume overall leadership responsibility for the facility and its 540 employees, has managed IP's Pensacola, Fla. Mill since 2012. he has 30-years of experience in the paper industry and has worked at International Paper mills in Red River, LA.; Pineville, LA.; Oswego, N.Y., as well as IP's Riverdale mill in Selma.
FRA Bulletin Talks About Latest on Forestry from the National Perspective
The Forest Resources Association newsletter FRA Bulletin reports on housing, wood prices and the latest actions of concern to forestry in our courts and the U.S. Congress.
Mountain Brook School Receives PLT GreenWorks! Grant for Forest Conservation Project
WASHINGTON, DC -- Project Learning Tree (PLT), the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), awarded a $1,000 GreenWorks! grant to Mountain Oaks Science Center in Mountain Brook, Alabama.
Deadline for Professional Logging Manager Renewal December 31, 2012
The year is coming to a close and panic sets in when people realize they have not kept up with their continuing education requirements. Don’t panic. There are still a couple of options left. First, the Alabama Forestry Foundation is hosting a “last chance” live continuing education class on December 19 at the Department of Ag and Industries in Montgomery from 9:00-3:00.
Pre-registration is required and the cost of $35 includes lunch. There will be six hours of PLM credit and 5 hours of Category 1 CFE credit. The agenda includes: Ray Clifton with the Alabama Loggers Council covering OSHA compliance and CSA basics, Rick Oates with the Alabama Farmers Federation covering policy topics including the logging notification issue, and Chris Erwin with Alabama Forestry Association covering BMPs, invasives and endangered species. To register call Matthew Vines at 334-481-2128 or Chris Erwin at 334-481-2133.
PLM and CFE classes are available online as well at www.alaforestry.org/plm. Customers needing help navigating this option should contact Chris Erwin at 334-481-2133 office, 334-300-0254 cell, or email at email@example.com.
Mary Motlow Killed in Head-on Crash
It is with much sadness that we inform you of the death of Ms. Mary Motlow, who was killed in a head-on collision in Tennessee on Tuesday. Ms. Motlow is a landowner in north Alabama and Tennessee and recently served on the SFI, Inc. Board of Directors. Her forester is Ben Meyers with Panther Creek Forestry in TN. Ms. Motlow is also a member of the Jack Daniel's family.
Ms. Motlow's daughter, Alex Richman, worked for the American Forest Foundation on the Tree Farm program. She is currently in forestry grad school at UT. Our prayers go out to Ms. Motlow's family on their tragic loss.
Read news account of accident
Appeal Heard in Lynch Case Involving Alabama Property Tax System
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had given each side 15 minutes to argue over a property tax lawsuit brought against Alabama on behalf of poor school children.
In the end, lawyers for the plaintiffs and for the State of Alabama had 100 minutes to state their cases before the very-engaged three-judge panel.
EPA rule surprises Chief Justice Roberts, creating more legal uncertainty and need for Congressional action
The recent hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) was no typical day in court. The forest roads case arrived at the high court as a result of a ruling out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that overturned 35 years of successful regulation of forest roads by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The case caught the attention of diverse stakeholders nationwide who urged the Supreme Court to reverse it.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Calls Out President Obama for Pushing Tax Hike While Avoiding the Issue of Spending
House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that talks over the looming fiscal crisis have failed to produce a deal because President Obama will not get "serious" about spending cuts.
In a fresh bid to energize support for major entitlement cuts as part of any agreement, Boehner rolled out a chart that showed federal spending skyrocketing between now and 2041 -- to 40 percent of the nation's total economy. The chart showed that revenue from Obama's push to increase taxes on the top 2 percent will only fill in a sliver of that amount.
The Latest on USDA Loans and Other Programs in FSA December Newsletter
For the latest information from the USDA-Farm Service Agency, including information on conservation loans and such, click here.
Obama to be Sworn in Standing on SFI Certified Wood
Washington, DC – The platform currently being built for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term in front of the U.S. Capitol, features wood that is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.
FPS Calls for Papers for North American Wood Window & Door Symposium April 18-19, 2013
The Forest Products Society announces a Call for Papers for the North American Wood Window and Door Symposium to be held on April 18-19, 2013 in Roseville, Minnesota, USA.
UGA Announces 2013 Timberland Investment Conference
The University of Georgia Center for Forest Business' 2013 Timberland Investment Conference will explore the long term nature of timberland as an alternative investment and the challenges posed by these troubling economic times.
FROM THE EVP: We Do Not Have to Accept the Notion of Our Imminent Decline
Ben Franklin once said that there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. With all due respect to Franklin, I’ve got a few to add to the list.
• Government solutions will always have unintended consequences.
• The size and reach of government will always grow larger.
• Regulatory agencies will always attempt to increase their authority…even during the most conservative administrations.
• Tax revenue in excess of current needs will always be spent…and never saved.
Read the rest of Chris' Column...