AFA Newsroom V8 No. 20, October 15, 2013
State Forester Linda Casey Submitted her Resignation Effective January 1, 2014
At Tuesday's meeting of the Alabama Forestry Commission State Forester Linda Casey submitted her resignation effective January 1st. "It has been an honor for me to have served the state of Alabama as State Forester," she told the Commission.
Ms. Casey said that it had taken a lot of "soul searching" and discussion with her family, but that she felt it was time for her to go. "I will do whatever I can to help in the transition," she added.
"We appreciate everything you have done," Commission Chairman Tommy Thompson told Ms. Casey. "We know it's been a challenge."
Commissioner Ken Reel noted of Ms. Casey: "She's done more with less than anybody we could have had in her position." The economic downturn hit the AFC hard, forcing staff layoffs and curtailing pay raises for employees for five years.
The Commission appointed Commissioner Salem Saloom to head a search committee to find a new State Forester. Saloom asked Commissioner Don Heath to serve on the committee, and called on the AFC staff and Ms. Casey to help develop the best panel for filling the job.
Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC to Acquire 73,000-acres in Alabama
Jackson, Mississippi - The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC (Molpus), a timberland investment management organization headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, has, on behalf of a client, entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 73,000 acres of timberland located north, east, and west of Birmingham, Alabama. The close of the purchase is set to occur in installments starting in October 2013.
The timberland, located in thirteen counties, consists of well-stocked loblolly pine plantations distributed among all age classes. Molpus currently maintains an office in Hoover, Alabama, to oversee the management of approximately 161,000 acres purchased earlier in the Birmingham area.
Who is Responsible for Shutting Down the Government? Dr. Sowell Knows
By Dr. Thomas Sowell
Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.
There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except for ObamaCare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.
As for the House of Representatives' right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
The AFC Wants to Know What You Think About Their Programs
The Alabama Forestry Commission is still conducting its survey to determine what individuals and companies that work with the agency think about how the AFC goes about doing its job of supporting rural fire fighting and the land management activities of forest landowners.
Please take the time to fill out the attached survey. Afterward, just click on the "submit response" tab at the bottom and you're done. Your confidentiality will be maintained. The AFC will use survey results to note things the agency is doing right, and possible areas of improvement.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey Working to Help Dampen Effects of Courtland Mill Closure
MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey recently mobilized staff to North Alabama to facilitate meetings with city, county, and business leaders about the imminent closure of the Courtland International Paper mill.
The purpose of the meetings was to foster communication between local and state entities, assess the economic impact, and aid in the ongoing coordinated state response to the mill closure by the Office of the Governor, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and Department of Post-Secondary Education
“Elected leaders can learn a great deal by listening. At this point, we need to gather the facts from those who know best how the closure will impact the area and devise a plan moving forward,” said Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey.
Even the New York Times Acknowledges Big Trouble With Obamacare Website
WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them.
Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized.
State Senator Calls for a Level Playing Field on Forest Certification Programs
By State Sen. Trip Pittman
The last few years have proven to be an enormous economic challenge for businesses across Alabama. No one industry has been affected more than the forest products sector. The housing market dropped precipitously during this recession, from a national high of 1.7 million in 2006 to a low of 400,000 in 2007. The good news is we have started a slow recovery, with some 800,000 starts anticipated this year and perhaps a further increase next year.
Why is this important? Because in Alabama 70 percent of the state's land is timber and 10 percent of the state's economy is derived from forest products. Obviously, we need to be doing everything we can, as public officials, to promote fair competition in the production and use of forest products. Unfortunately, some government entities are doing just the opposite.
SFI Adds New Board Members to Broaden Stakeholder Involvement
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI®) Board of Directors, to fill positions in each of its three chambers, Environmental, Social and Economic.
“SFI will benefit enormously from the wisdom, perspective and passion these leaders bring to our Board of Directors,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “By representing broad-ranging and balanced stakeholder interests, Bob Matters, Jonathan Haufler, and Jim Hannan will help continue the momentum SFI has built to ensure healthy, thriving forests for generations to come.”
Southeast not Following the Global Warming Handbook
Is the earth’s climate getting hotter, changing? Is man responsible?
The Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change, in a report Sept. 27, says that man’s activities are at least half to blame for rising global temperatures. But it seems the Southeast doesn’t follow this global warming trend as closely, according to Florida’s climatologist David Zierden.
Seminar Set for "Trees, Trucks and Powerlines" October 24
A seminar will be held in Bullock County on the subject of Trees, Trucks and Powerlines and other issues of importance to tree harvesters. Subjects to be addressed by presenters will include:
> Electrical hazards awareness when working in and around trees
> Safe work practices using aerial lifts
> Basic tree pruning practices for health and safety
> Chainsaw maintenance and safe operation
Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control Seminar Set for October 24
If you want to know all there is to know about invasive plants, then you need to sign up for the Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control event set for October 24, 2013 at the USDA Agriculture Service Center in Andalusia, Ala.
Log a Load Update: Next Event is Longleaf Golf Tourney
Although most of the 2013 Log a Load fundraising year is past us, there are still several events for you to be aware of and participate in. The next event will be Richard Quina's annual golf event at the Brewton Country Club which is a great venue and always features a hot grill loaded with scrumptious Conecuh Sausage!
Remaining events include:
>> 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.
>> November 9. The Wiregrass District will hold the second annual Wiregrass Dove Hunt in Henry County at Shorterville. Click here for flyer.
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!
Sawmill Days in Stockton Alabama, fun for the Whole Family and a bit of Forest History too
The Stockton Heritage Association invites you to join them on Saturday, November 2, for the first annual “Stockton Sawmill Days” event. Held on the beautiful wooded grounds of Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park in Stockton, AL, just 1.5 miles off I-65, this event celebrates the Stockton community’s history and heritage as home to the first sawmill in the State of Alabama.
The event will include displays and demonstrations of old logging equipment, portable sawmills and a host of other types of forestry equipment and activities. For the rest of the story, click here.
To review a flyer of the event and the planned activities, click here.
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