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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 17, September 1, 2013

Weyerhaeuser to Re-start South Alabama Mill

EVERGREEN, Alabama (August 23, 2013) — Weyerhaeuser has announced it will begin plans to restart production on its Trus Joist® TJI® joists and Microllam® LVL lines in Evergreen, Alabama, effective immediately.

The company will be investing capital in the engineered lumber products facility after a four-year closure due to previously weak wood products demand in North America. It also plans to hire 100 new employees at the facility by the end of 2014. Robert (Bob) Doll has been selected as plant manager and will be on site effective August 30, 2013.
Read full details 

B & T Forest Products and B & T By-Products Announce Leadership Transition

JASPER, August 13, 2013 — B & T Forest Products, Inc. and B & T By-Products, Inc. recently announced that Albert E. "Al" Bracewell has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer of B & T Forest Products, Inc. and B & T By-Products, Inc. and their respective wholly- owned subsidiaries and affiliates (Jasper Lumber Company, Inc., Southern Wood Chips, Inc., Southern Wood Trucking, Inc. and B & T Shavings, Inc.; together, the "B & T Entities") effective as of August 13, 2013.
Mr. Bracewell succeeds Hugh A. "Freddy" Thompson, who served as President of the companies for the past 18 years. Mr. Thompson will be retiring from his positions as an executive officer and as a director of the companies effective as of the same date.
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Sandy Stimpson Wins Mobile Mayoral Race! 

Long-time AFA member and leader, Sandy Stimpson, was overwhelmingly elected mayor of Mobile, the third largest city in Alabama, on Tuesday, August 27. Stimpson beat out incumbent Sam Jones with 54% of the vote.

"I am the mayor for everybody. I don't care where they live, what color they are, how old they are, what gender they are, I will be the mayor for everybody in the city of Mobile," said Stimpson at his campaign victory party.


AFA Endorses Chad Fincher in District 1 Congressional Race

ForestPAC, the Political Action Committee of the Alabama Forestry Association, has endorsed Chad Fincher to succeed Jo Bonner as the U.S. Congressman for the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. Chad will be on the ballot for the September 24 Republican Primary amid a group of nine other contenders for the Republican nomination.  

“Chad has been an outstanding state representative and will make a great addition to Congress. Growing up in a forestry family and now as a Registered Forester, Chad understands the challenges faced by the forest industry, which is one of the district’s largest job creators,” said Chris Isaacson, Executive Vice President of the AFA.

Fincher called the endorsement a “major strategic boost” to his campaign, particularly in the district’s rural areas.
Read AFA Release...

Observations of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes Solicited

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was recently petitioned to list the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, historically found in the lower Coastal Plain from North Carolina to Louisiana, as a threatened or endangered species.

As the Service reviews the status of the eastern diamondback, NCASI is soliciting information about observations of the snake to improve understanding of its distribution and habitat associations.  If you encounter an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, we would greatly appreciate you completing a short online survey at  This webpage also contains links to photos and other information that will help survey respondents distinguish eastern diamondbacks from the timber rattlesnake.  NCASI will remove any information that would identify individual respondents and/or landowners, as well as precise locations, before providing results to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Contact: • Dr. Ben Wigley at (864) 656-0840, 

PLM Initial Training Classes set for Oct. 8 and 15 at Haleyville and Nov. 12 and 19 in Andalusia 

The Alabama Professional Logging Manager’s initial training classes are scheduled for Haleyville on October 8th and 15th and again in Andalusia on November 12th and 19th. This program is intended for individuals who need to obtain their first PLM card and that have not previously attended the initial training. It does not qualify for continuing education credits for those already credentialed.

Complete and return the registration form to enroll or contact Matt Vines at for more information.

F2M Gives Three 5-Year Stumpage Price Forecasts to its Forest2Mill Product Line  

Forest2Market has added three 5-year strategic stumpage price forecasts to its Forest2Mill product line, a suite of services designed for buyers and sellers of logs and other wood raw materials. These price forecasts expand upon the 24-month operational forecasts for local stumpage prices that Forest2Market has offered in the US South since 2005.
Pete Stewart, Forest2Market’s founder, President and CEO, noted that the development of these products followed a familiar pattern: “We developed these forecasts for the same reason we develop all of our products, at the request of our customers. These customers have used our 24-month forecasts to support their short-term operational raw material inventory management for more than 8 years. Because they also have to make strategic decisions, they asked us if we could provide longer term outlooks. Using the same quality data and rigorous discipline that powers our 24-month forecasts for local stumpage prices, we developed a solution that works for them: a series of 5-year forecasts to guide strategic decision making.” Read more...

Attention Dove Hunters... there are Changes to Dove Season You Need to Know About

If the Mourning Dove is your favorite game bird, there are some changes that have been made for this year's season you need to be aware of. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has made changes concerning practices involving mourning dove management which should enhance your hunting experience.

> There are no longer three planting zones for fall or winter plantings for wheat. 
> Fall and winter wheat may now be top sown statewide from August 1 to November 30.  A well prepared seed bed is still required.
> Approved agricultural planting practices have been expanded.
Read more... 

Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Black Bear are on the Move in the State of Alabama!

While recent black bear sightings in Lee County have some residents concerned about their safety, wildlife experts say these animals tend to avoid contact with humans. The two sightings occurred in July: the first near a subdivision in Opelika and the second near Salem, Ala., approximately 7 to 8 miles from the first sighting.
Wildlife biologists are uncertain if these sightings represent one or more different bears. A separate incident in late July saw a black bear killed after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 27 in Geneva County in south Alabama.

Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Small Battles Win Big Wars

By Ray Clifton
An essential function of the Alabama Loggers Council is to represent you in the political and regulatory arena. Sometimes the task seems overwhelming. Our federal government is a dysfunctional mess. The sheer volume of regulations and the willingness of politicians
and unelected bureaucrats to tax, regulate, harass, and otherwise punish working folks sometimes makes it feel like we are losing the war.
But always remember that “politics are local.”
We first have to be willing to roll up our sleeves and engage officials where we live. They work for us — not the other way around. We can still win the war if we focus on individual battles in our own backyards.
Read more Logger Notes...

Suwannee County Deeds Land to Klausner

Live Oak — The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 recently to allow the chairman’s signature to convey the 155-acre property at the catalyst site to Klausner Lumber One LLC that resulted in closing on the property Wednesday afternoon. Commissioner Ricky Gamble voted against, stating he received the agreement 15 minutes prior to the meeting and was not prepared to vote without reviewing the documents.

Klausner purchased the property for $1, which was purchased by the county for about $1 million. Klausner will eventually install a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sawmill in Suwannee County near the interchange of US 90 West and I-10. Even though Klausner owns the property now, a lien against the property is still in place to protect the county.

AU's Rural Studio Program gets SFI Grant

Rural Studio is part of Auburn University's architectural program which allows students to get hands-on experience building homes and other structures in an economically challenged area of the state. In it's recent distribution of grant 's, the Natinal SFI program awarded Rural Studio a grant along with six other entities from other areas of the country.  Read more... 

UF Researchers Find Changes in Forest Management Could Help Water Yields

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite a soggy summer, water supply remains a critical issue in the Sunshine State. University of Florida researchers now say that reducing plant material, or biomass, in forests could significantly increase water supplied to streams, lakes and aquifers. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences made the finding by creating computer models that analyzed the effects of reduced forest biomass on regional hydrological supplies. Their results will be published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

In one 4,000-acre tract in Central Florida, the model predicted that converting a densely planted pine forest to one managed with slightly fewer trees per acre could supply an additional 400,000 to 1.6 million gallons of water per day to the regional water supply.

Survey Says... Please Help the AFC by Completing Brief Survey  

The Alabama Forestry Commission needs your assistance! Please help AFC promote the following survey by sharing with your employees, members, counterparts, constituents, and others through your websites, blogs, social media, newsletters, and emails.

To better serve the landowners and citizens of our state, the AFC has created a brief Customer Satisfaction Survey. The objective of this 12-question online survey is to gather input regarding how the AFC has served customers in the past and how the agency can better focus its attention and services in the future. Your feed back is very important to us!

The survey can be accessed directly at or by clicking the photo link located on the AFC website’s home page at, It is also available on the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Facebook page.

Dates Set for 2013 Regional Events & Forestry Field Days Sponsored by ANRC and Tree Farm

Everyone is invited to the 2013 Regional Events and Forestry Field Days sponsored by the Alabama Natural Resources Council and the Alabama State Tree Farm Committee and scheduled on three separate days in October. These events will show attendees how to manage their forests for multiple use, introduce them to leaders of Alabama's natural resources agencies, provide experts who will speak on forest resource management and allow them to take a tour on a Helene Mosley Memorial TREASURE Forest! Read event flyer....

Don't forget 2013 AFA Annual Meeting this Coming Weekend!!!

To find out who all is coming to see you, review the AFA Annual Meeting brochure. Our special guest, of course, will be Gov. Robert Bentley. Also attending will be Attorney General Luther Strange who will discuss the BP litigation from the massive oil spill in 2010.

In addition, the CEOs of some of our largest forestry companies will be in attendance and ready to share their thoughts and insights on what we might expect for the future of forestry in America and Alabama. So please, take advantage of these great programs and the continuing education opportunities and sign up for the 2013 AFA Annual Meeting. Most of your friends will be there. You should too!   

If you're a golfer, you also don't want to miss the opportunity to play on the beautiful Craft Farms course for the Sunburn Classic. This year's event will feature TWO shots at winning, as hole-in-one prizes, either a brand new Mack Truck or a brand new Nissan Titan pickup. Registration for the Classic, which is all you have to do to compete for the above prizes, is available through AFA's website:, or just contact Liz at 334-481-2135. The registration fee for a team is $800 and includes four golfers, lunch, refreshments and great prizes! Read full Sunburn Classic details.

With a Week to go, Tree Farm is STILL Looking for Annual Meeting Silent Auction Items

The Alabama Tree Farm Committee is looking for donations for its annual silent auction taking place at the AFA Annual Meeting September 8-10. The donation is considered a charitable contribution and is tax deductible. This event raises money for the Tree Farm Committee and allows them to support forest certification, communications, awards and landowner field days. Items should be sent to Heather Wierzbicki at MeadWestvaco using this donation form.

Tree Farm Program for 2013 Annual Meeting To Feature Iconic Henry Rifles 

Each year the Tree Farm Committee picks raffle items to raise money for the TF program. This year Chris Erwin, who oversees Tree Farm for AFA, has outdone himself. Chris has acquired two beautiful Henry Rifles from a company with the motto: "Made in America or Not Made at All!"

These are a perfect "father-son" or "grandfather-grandson" combo for a lucky winner who will get both the Henry Golden Boy 22 LR and the beefier Henry Big Boy .44 Mag. Both guns are collector's items, featuring the attention to detail that has kept the Henry name in the public domain since the 1860s when their .44-caliber rimfire rifle was fielded by Union Cavalry in the U.S. Civil War.  Confederates who had to face this deadly "sixteen shooter" with their one-shot muzzleloaders called it, "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!" Click here for more details on how to win these wonderful firearms.

Cahaba Timber Sponsors Outstanding Log a Load for Kids Event at Brierfield

Cahaba Timber sponsored their first Black Belt District, Log a Load for Kids event on August 10, 2013.  The golf tournament was held at Lakeview Retreat in Brierfield, Alabama.  It was a gorgeous day with more than 130 golfers enjoying the beautiful golf course located in timberland, complete with log cabins, a clubhouse, and stunning lakes.
Among the large turnout, were several well-known, former Alabama football players including Brodie Croyle and his father John Croyle.  They enjoyed playing golf and socializing with event attendees.
A delicious BBQ lunch was provided by Boatright Railroad Products and Stephens Oil Company was a Hole-in-One Sponsor. Among other hole sponsors were 4Design Promotional & Printing and Warrior Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. No one won the brand new 2014 GM 4-door truck that was up for grabs as a hole-in-one-prize. Jennifer Stephens did a great job organizing the successful event that raised $25,000 for Children’s Hospital.
PHOTOS by Danielle Ray. Pictured above (left) is Ken Stephens (left) and John Croyle. Pictured at right are Jennifer Stephens (daughter of Ken) and Allison Kelley. Jennifer and helpers like Allison worked very hard to make the Black Belt event the big success it was!
Remaining 2013 events include:

>> September 19: The Capital District will hold its annual sporting clays event at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club in Montgomery. Click here for event flyer.  
>> September 20: The Mountain District will hold a golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes. The event will be 4-person scramble. Click here for flyer/registraton form.
>> September 28: The Forestry Club at Auburn University will hold its annual Archery Shoot in Waverly Alabama. Click here for flyer.
>> October 23: The Longleaf District will hold its annual golf tournament at the Brewton Country Club. Click here for Richard's letter to potential supporters, and click here for event registration form
>> November 8: The Warrior District will hold its 10th Annual Charlie Hughen Memorial Sporting Clay and Skeet Shoot at the Westervelt Lodge in Aliceville. Click here for flyer.
>> Wiregrass District: The second annual Wiregrass Dove Hunt will be held in Henry County at Shorterville in early to mid-November, depending on the harvest schedule at the site of that event. We will let you know as soon as we find out the date of the event and will attach a flyer once one is produced for the hunt.

Tree Farm Management Plan Workshop Set for September 11 in Tuscaloosa  

The Alabama Tree Farm Committee is hosting a Tree Farm Management Plan workshop at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System office in Tuscaloosa on September 11, 2013. The purpose of this program is to help landowners and foresters prepare a forest management plan that conforms to the requirements of Tree Farm certification. The program begins at 9:00 and lasts until 1:30. All participants will receive continuing education credits for foresters, lunch and the Managing Forests book, a $65 value, thanks to our sponsor the Alabama Implementation Committee of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This program is free to landowners and foresters. However pre-registration is required either online at or by emailing your name, number and address to


Pre-order the New Forest History Book at a 30% Discount Over Retail!

Be one of the first to own Green Gold, the new forest history book written by Dr. Jim Fickle, and enjoy a 30% discount. Download the attached flyer/pre-order form and you can receive your copy hot off the press!
The book's publisher, the University of Alabama Press, says the book will be printed and ready for distribution early next year under the title: 
Green Gold: Alabama's Forests and Forest Industries.    

If you are interested in buying advance copies of the book the publisher is offering a 30% discount for buying the book while it is still going through the process of being refined and printed. If you are interested in the comprehensive history of forestry in Alabama, go ahead and use the attached fillable PDF to place your order. 
These books would make excellent birthday or Christmas gifts for friends and family! So go ahead and sign up for an early copy NOW!

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