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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 23, December 1, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You, and to AFA, Which Turns 65 Next Year!

ForestPAC, the political action committee of the Alabama Forestry Association has endorsed Attorney General Luther Strange in his bid for a second term. The announcement came at the AFA Regional Meeting in Mobile. 

In the press release announcing the endorsement, AFA-EVP Chris Isaacson noted:
 “Luther Strange has done an outstanding job representing the interests of the taxpayers and voters of Alabama. In everything from his handling of the BP oil spill litigation, to his support for forestry in the ‘point source’ (Decker V. Northwest Environmental Defense Center) case, to his challenge of unfair and onerous EPA regulations, Attorney General Strange has been there for us and we need to be there for him when election time rolls around next year,” said Chris Isaacson, Executive Vice President of the Alabama Forestry Association.

The Attorney General thanked AFA members for their support in his 2014 reelection bid.
“The forest products industry is a cornerstone of Alabama’s economy, and the Forestry Association does an excellent job representing their members in state and national affairs. I’m honored to have their support,” said Strange. PHOTO: Pictured above are, left to right, AFA Board members Hank Bauer and Virginia Macpherson beside Attorney General Luther Strange and AFA Board Chairman Fred Stimpson.                                        

The Good News About Log Trucks

I’ve spent a lot of time this year talking about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and their massive set of rules and regulations that are currently being inflicted on the trucking industry.

I’m sure by now that you’ve figured it out — I’m not a fan of the program. This massive set of regulations on PRIVATE business is a burden that will cause undue hardships on small business owners, and I further believe that it will ultimately drive many small companies out of business. And it’s all being done in the name of “safety.” 

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Forest Certification: From the Woods to the Mills & Beyond

The Alabama Forestry Commission recognizes that voluntary participation in forest certification is growing in the southern United States and that forest managers and forest industry representatives should have access to current information on these programs. As a result, the Commission is hosting a one day workshop for industry foresters and representatives, managers of wood using mills, procurement foresters, wood buyers and dealers, consultant foresters, loggers and others involved in the management, procurement and utilization of forest resources in Alabama.
 
This workshop will be held in Columbiana, Alabama on January 16 at the Alabama 4H Youth Development Center. More information can be found in the agenda and maps located within this document. We encourage you to attend this workshop and hope that this information on forest certification will be useful and timely.
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New UL Standard References SFI as Credible Sustainable Forestry Standard

Washington, D.C. and Ottawa – UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), has issued a new UL Standard (UL 175) for Sanitary Paper Products that specifically includes the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) among forest certification standards that can be used as evidence that a product meets the “Sustainable Forest Source” or “System for Evidence Sourcing” criteria. Another acceptable certification program cited was the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which endorses SFI.

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Paper Industry Votes Yes For The Paper Check-off

WASHINGTON – The paper industry has voted overwhelmingly to create the Paper and Paper-based Packaging Promotion and Research program (Paper Check-off). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the referendum results (concluded on November 8), in which 85 percent of the companies and 95 percent of the production voting supported the measure.

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Forest Industry Asks Court to Dismiss Case Saying Logging Roads are "Point Source" for Stormwater Runoff 

"The Defendants (including the forest industry) position is that is that none of the claims in the First Amended Complaint remain viable under the Supreme Court’s ruling or under EPA’s revised stormwater rule. It is defendants’ position that the revised stormwater rule is entirely consistent with the former stormwater rule, which the Supreme Court expressly held “permissibly . . . exempt[ed] discharges of channeled stormwater runoff from logging roads from the NPDES permitting scheme.” Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, U.S. , 133 S.Ct. 1326, 1338 (2013)."

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Save the Date Early next Year for Outreach Symposium and Awards Banquet

If you want to join in celebrating the achievements of award winning TREASURE forest owners, Tree Farm owners and county natural resource committees, you won't want to miss the Outreach Symposium & Award Banquet set for February 7, 2014 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, Prattville, Ala.

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Comment Period Extended in the USFWS Drive to List Northern Long-Eared Bat as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the deadline for public comment on the proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The extension notice is expected to publish in the federal register early next week and will extend the public comment period to January 2, 2014.

The northern long-eared bat is found across much of the eastern and north central United States, and all Canadian provinces from the Atlantic Ocean west to the southern Yukon Territory and eastern British Columbia.

The Service’s proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered appeared in the October 2, 2013, Federal Register.  The proposal opened a 60-day public comment period that would have ended on December 2, 2013.  The Service will be extending the time for public comment an additional 30 days, with the comment period ending January 2, 2014.

Photo: This northern long-eared bat, observed in Illinois, shows symptoms of white-nose syndrome. Photo by Steve Taylor; University of Illinois

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Log a Load Update: North Carolina Man Wins John Deere Gator Log a Load Giveaway  

Washington, DC – Wyatt Fountain a Winterville, NC landowner has won the Log A Load for Kids 25th Anniversary John Deere Gator RSX850i. The winning Sweepstakes entry was drawn at the South Carolina Annual Meeting in October by Allison McFadden the daughter of the SC Forestry Association Chair Amy McFadden.

In accepting the Gator Wyatt Fountain noted, "My family is very pleased and excited to be the recipient of this special Log A Load 25th Anniversary Deere Gator. We look forward to doing our part to help the NC Log A Load for Kids Program and CMN Children's Hospitals in the future."

National Outstanding Loggers T.W. Byrd’s Sons, Flint Equipment, and John Deere Construction and Forestry donated the John Deere RSX850i Gator Utility Vehicle to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Log A Load For Kids® program.

Log a Load leaders and supporters are grateful to the sponsors for making this wonderful gift for the 2013 fundraising year!
Photos: Pictured above left, Wyatt Fountain (right) receives the Log A Load 25th Anniversary Gator from Bryan Dobson (left) of East Coast Equipment. Photo at right shows Allison McFadden (center) drawing the winning Log A Load 25th Anniversary Gator entry while Amy McFadden (right) SC Forestry Assn Chair and Rich Palermo (left) National Log A Load Chair, look on.   

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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