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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 3, February 1, 2013 

Albertville Sawmill Project Announced by Canadian Company

Canadian-based Southern Parallel Forest Products Corporation, a firm producing Yellow Pine dimensional lumber, plans to open a sawmill later this year in Albertville. Alabama, that will employ 130 workers. 

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Plum Creek Signs Deal to Supply 770,000 Tons of Wood a Year to Pellet Mills

Plum Creek Timber Company, inc., announced on January 22, 2013 that it has finalized a long-term fiber supply agreement with Drax, a leading power company in the United Kingdom that is transforming itself into a predominantly biomass-fueled power generator.
 


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Europe to See Exponential Increase in Biomass Use by Electric Utilities

Europe is expected to see substantial increases in the use of biomass, primarily as pellets, as fuel for mitigating greenhouse gases during the production of electricity. Much of the supply of biomass for this expanded use is expected to come from South America and North America.
  
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Klausner Set to Open $130 Million Sawmill in Florida Creating 350 New Jobs

Jan 26 Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the construction in Suwannee County of the Klausner Lumber One sawmill.

The high-tech $130 million facility by Klausner will create 350 permanent jobs with average wages of $30,000 plus another $9,000 in benefits. Construction on the site will require 700 additional positions. This is the second Klausner mill announced so far this year.


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ALC Director Sees Signs of Better Times Ahead

By Ray Clifton:        It’s no secret to most of us that the logging industry as a whole has limped along the last few years, struggling to survive in a dismal econ-omy. Many logging crews have shut down, and many more continue to struggle through with worn out equipment, thin (or no) profit margin and little more than a dogged determination not to quit.

But lately, at least to me, times seem to be changing. 

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Ag Committee Assignments Announced; Roby and Rogers Get Key Positions

On January 23rd members of the House Agriculture Committee met to formally organize and to adopt the Committee's rules for the 113th Congress. The Committee rules approved maintain the enhanced transparency and accountability standards that were used in the last Congress under House Republican Leadership. These includes posting the text of bills online for the public no fewer than 24 hours prior to a business meeting and providing both live and archived webcasts of all hearings and business meetings.

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby (left), 2nd District-Montgomery, and Congressman Mike Rogers (right), 3rd District-Saks, Alabama, received several choice subcommittee assignments.

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Legal Seminar Set for 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting

There will be a Continuing Legal Education Seminar covering a host of forest landowner issues on March 1, 2013 at the AFA Mid-Winter Meeting at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. 

Topics covered will include sessions on the Estate Tax in 2013, tax considerations for timberland owners, the "Forest Roads Case" and a host of other interesting and timely issues. Due to the uncertainty of the political and regulatory world, you don't want to miss this important seminar! 

The cost is $150 per person, with lunch included. This course has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 6 hours' credit.    

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API Says Alabama Supreme Court Ruling Undermines Property Rights of Alabamians

At the end of 2012, while Alabama families were focused on the holidays, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an opinion that undermined private property rights in Alabama and created a significant deterrent to economic investment in the state. 

In 2003 and 2004, M&N Materials, Inc. purchased property in an unincorporated area of Madison County with the intention of operating a quarry. Because the M&N property was adjacent to but outside of the corporate limits of the town of Gurley, residents who opposed the quarry could not stop M&N from using their private property in a manner consistent with their business.  

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ACES Hosting “Managing Wild Pig Damage” Workshop on March 2

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting a Managing Wild Pig Damage workshop on Saturday, March 2 from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm. The program will take place at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at 2513 7th Street Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Annex in Tuscaloosa.

This program qualifies for 6 hours of PLM credits. Contact Mark Smith at
mds0007@auburn.edu for more information. See attached agenda.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: New report explains the concept of carbon neutrality

Geneva, January 29, 2013 – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today released a report providing a framework for understanding carbon neutrality. The Issue Brief: Biomass Carbon Neutrality distills and synthesizes the complexity of the debate and underlines the importance of carbon neutrality in public policy. 

Using biomass-derived fuels and materials instead of more fossil fuel-intensive alternatives is one approach to mitigating increases in atmospheric CO2. However, the benefits of using biomass are under question, with the debate often centered on whether biomass is “carbon neutral.” There is no widely accepted definition for “carbon neutrality,” and different people understand it to have different meanings. To help understand the debate, this issue brief explains the biomass carbon cycle, illustrates the benefits of using forest products within that cycle, and introduces the basics of carbon accounting. With this report, the WBCSD Forest Solutions group outlines a framework of how biomass carbon neutrality should be understood.

The concept of carbon neutrality is important in public policy efforts to address climate change. Depending on how carbon neutrality is understood and applied, policies may favor or disfavor the use and development of forest products and may affect traditional as well as emerging uses of forest products and biomass.

The Issue Brief: Biomass Carbon Neutrality aligns with the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which noted that over the long term sustainable forest management strategies that maintain or increase forest carbon stocks, while sustaining yield of timber, fiber or energy, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.

This report complements recent WBCSD Forest Solutions publications:
Facts and Trends: Forests, Forest products, Carbon & Energy and Carbon and Climate Change – KeyMessages for Policy-Makers. 

Tree Farm Fund-raiser Features "Turkey Special" Remington Semi-Auto 12-Gauge

It won't be long before spring turkey season brings your favorite bird back into view! With that in mind, why not consider helping the the Tree Farm program AND your turkey hunting by trying to win a gun made for the business end of turkey hunting; a Remington 11-87 Sportsman Super Mag Shurshot Turkey 12-Gauge. For $10 you can get one chance to win this fabulous gun, $25 will buy you three chances.   

This is a great gun! Its speed, versatility, bone-crushing power and swift pointing characteristics couldn't be topped, so a host of upgrades were added to the Model 11-87 Sportsman Super Magnum for 2010 to improve handling, sight acquisition and more. All models now feature rubber overmolded grip panels on the stock and fore-end for a sure hold in all weather conditions and a black padded sling, with other enhancements on individual configurations. These shotguns tame the biggest, baddest, 3 1/2" 12-gauge rounds with a soft-shooting action and the revolutionary SuperCell™ recoil pad.

The Model 11-87 Sportsman ShurShot® Super Magnum Turkey is the cutting edge in comfort, concealment and precision shot placement, boasting the ambidextrous ShurShot pistol-grip stock and full Realtree® APG™ HD™ coverage. It's 23" barrel has fully adjustable TruGlo® rifle sights and accepts Rem™ Chokes (Wingmaster HD Turkey Choke included). It is also drilled and tapped for a scope or optical sight.
 
To download a flyer on this gun, click here. 
 

George Landegger Helping the Chinese Understand Alabama Markets

Industrialist George Landegger first tapped into Alabama's woodbasket for its paper potential. Now the former owner of Alabama River Pulp wants to get the Chinese to take an interest in and invest in our state like Germany, Japan, Korea and other countries have done.

“We are the largest consumer nation on earth. We need them,” Landegger says. “And they need us. The Chinese government recognizes it must be closer to and know its customers. They do not understand our EPA regulations, U.S. labor policies or tax laws. Meetings like this one in Monroeville are a good start to learning about us.”

Landegger was referring to a recent meeting he hosted for 60 Chinese business entrepreneurs under the auspices of the Alabama China Partnership at Monroeville. He noted that Alabama has a host of companies from other countries actively producing goods and services in Alabama. "There are 415 major foreign businesses in Alabama now. Imagine our economy without those companies," he said. 

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Charles Krauthammer Says Obama's Liberalism On Display in Inaugural Address

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says in a recent column that anybody doubting President Barack Obama's liberalism were disabused of their belief by Obama's deliverance of what Krauthammer said amounted to a "liberal manifesto" of support for "entitlement" programs, at the expense of efforts to rein in spending.

Krauthammer said of Obama's speech: "It was a paean to big government. At its heart was Obama's pledge to (1) defend unyieldingly the 20th-century welfare state and (2) expand it unrelentingly for the 21st."

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NAFO Says Both Supreme Court and Congress Needed to Fix "Forest Roads" Pollution Issue  

On January 23rd the parties in the Decker V Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) filed supplemental briefs with the Supreme Court. We are pleased that the Solicitor General, Oregon and industry petitioners all urge the Court to remove the Ninth Circuit's May 2011 decision as case law precedent going forward. Doing so would be an important step toward preserving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) longstanding policy of regulating forest roads as nonpoint sources for water pollution. 

Yet, even if the U.S. Supreme Court wipes the Ninth Circuit slate clean, it will still take action by the U.S. Congress to codify what was the practice for years by EPA in not regulating forest roads as point sources for pollution,

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Announces New VP and COO for 2013 

WASHINGTON, DC  - Monique Hanis has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI® Inc.) as Vice President of Marketing and Communications & COO to lead efforts to further SFI brand recognition through the promotion of SFI's sustainable forestry and responsible sourcing programs. She also assumes COO duties including managing financial and administrative operations for the independent, nonprofit organization.

"As we work toward greater adoption and recognition of the SFI program, Monique's extensive branding, strategic marketing and media relations experience brings valuable vision and leadership to our team," SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said recently. "Having just surpassed a milestone of 200 million acres (81 million hectares) certified sustainably managed forests, we are excited to build on this growth with Monique's experience in marketing communications as well as in financial and administrative management."

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SBA Announces low Interest Disaster Loans for Several Alabama Counties Hit by Drought

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Alabama as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15, 2012.

This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock,Butler, Chilton, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Russell and Shelby in Alabama.

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Sessions Favors "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" but Opposes ICE Director John Morton

“We would be in a much better position to achieve immigration reform if the Obama Administration had spent that last four years enforcing federal law rather than dismantling it. Brave immigration agents have been left with no recourse but to sue their own Department head, simply so that they—like any other law officers—will be allowed to do their jobs…The first task for every media agency in the country ought to be to study this lawsuit, to listen to the long-documented complaints of ICE agents, and to review the record of stymied attempts at congressional oversight of DHS," Sessions said.
 
"What good are promises of future enforcement when the Administration covertly undermines those laws now in place?” Sessions added. In the attached video, the Senator also called on President Obama to remove current ICE Director John Morton because of his ineptitude.

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Timber Investment Conference Set for February 27 - March 1, 2013 on Amelia Island, Florida 

UGA is sponsoring their annual Timberland Investment Conference February 27 - March 1 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. One of the themes added for the 2013 Conference is the long term nature of forest investment. 

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17th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference Set for March 5 - 7 in Shreveport, La. 

Early registration for the 17th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference ends on January 31. So if you're interested in attending, you might want to go ahead and register.

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EVP COLUMN: We Must Decide “Where It Goes From Here”

In Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, a young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole and enters a strange world where nothing makes sense and reality is what you define it to be. After reading yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, I’m beginning to believe that Mr. Carroll could have been writing prophetically about the Obama Administration.
 
Consider the following found under the opinion piece entitled “Zero Dark Ethanol.”

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