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AFA Newsroom V9 No. 4, February 15, 2014

It's Time to Get Ready for Mid-Winter 2104. So REGISTER NOW!

Hey guys, the 2014 AFA Mid-Winter Meeting is rapidly approaching. On February 28th - March 2nd we will have our great annual beach bash with outstanding programs and a fantastic lineup of special guests. There will also be golf for the ladies and gentlemen who like to chase the little white ball, a beach party and all the usual activities, plus some of the best seafood you'll find anywhere on the planet. You can Register Online Now.
For accommodations, call 1-800-367-1271 or Click here.

Use the group code "AFA." The Room block with a special rate has been EXTENDED THRU FEB 18THTo Download Meeting Brochure Click Here.

The "Firewood Ministry" Keeps the Home Fires Burning!

We recently learned via the McShan Plane Dealer that some good folks in the wood business who worship at the Ethelsville Baptist Church in Pickens County have started a "firewood ministry" in which the local community and church come together to cut, load and haul firewood, and spread the Gospel, to families in need that heat their homes with wood in the Pickens County area.
In fact, the initial program started several years ago has been so successful, it has spread to churches and communities in other counties, according to Grover Allgood, who wrote an article about the program in the Plane Dealer. Grover said that the Baptist State Convention office in Montgomery was interested in the program and created a video about it, which is now posted on YouTube. To view that video, 
click here. 

Mike Holmes Scores Electorial Knockout; is Sworn in as New Member of Alabama House

Mike Holmes of Wetumpka scored an overwhelming political victory to claim the vacant District 31 House seat against a popular local car dealer, Jimmy Collier, on February 4. Mike's election, along with two others, had been called because of the bad weather that hit on January 28, and moved to Feb. 4. Those other elections were a Democratic runoff in House District 53 in Jefferson County to fill the seat of Demetrius Newton, who passed away recently; and the House District 104 special election in Mobile County to find a replacement for Jim Barton, who resigned to take a lobbying job.
In winning his runoff, Mike Holmes will fill the unexpired term of Barry Mask, who resigned to take a job with the Alabama Association of Realtors. That means Mike will be gearing up for another election this year as he seeks a full term. So, those of us who can, get to do it all over again and vote for Mike in November. Thanks to all of you who made donations or called your friends in District 31 to encourage them to support Mike. We believe he will immediately take on a leadership role as he settles into his new responsibilites. We wish Mike good luck in his reelection bid this year and in his service in the Alabama House.

Joseph Parnell Sworn in as Chilton County Commissioner

Joseph Parnell was sworn in as the newest member of the Chilton County Commission on Monday, February 10.

Parnell was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy created by the death of longtime commissioner Tim Mims.
Joseph is manager of Parnell Inc., based in Maplesville, which deals in land, timber and cattle.

He and his family were honored as Alabama’s “Logger of the Year” in 2006. Joseph's older brother Jimmy Parnell is President and CEO of ALFA Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation. The Parnells have lived and farmed in Chilton County for five generations.
Our congratulations to Joseph on this important new responsibility.

Bentley Declares February as “Prescribed Fire Awareness Month”

Governor Robert Bentley recently proclaimed February as “Prescribed Fire Awareness Month” in Alabama. A traditional land management tool and part of the state’s heritage and culture, prescribed fire is recognized as the most effective, natural, and economical protection against wildfires.
In his proclamation, Bentley states that prescribed burning is a property owner’s right, as well as a benefit to society. The Governor is calling on all Alabamians to learn about prescribed fire and the essential role fire plays in the stewardship of our natural resources and protection of our citizens.

In a collaborative effort with the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council (ALPFC) and other organizations, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) promotes the use of prescribed burning not only to mitigate the risks of wildfire, but also for ecological, silvicultural, agricultural, and wildlife management purposes.
For additional information, please visit the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council’s website at Landowners who wish to implement prescribed fire on their property should seek assistance from a certified private contractor or the AFC. Visit  to learn more.

Alabama Power Foundation Announces 2014 "Good Roots" Grant Program for Urban Forestry

The Alabama Power Foundation is pleased to announce the Good Roots grant program coordinated with the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama Urban Forestry Association. Through Good Roots, the Foundation will supply up to $1,000 per grant to purchase trees for planting in cities, towns, communities and nonprofit organizations across central and south Alabama.

Good Roots is designed to help keep our communities beautiful and vibrant. The trees must be used in public areas – to enhance a park, add a canopy over the street or help shade a hot parking lot. They can be used around schoolyards, churches and libraries; but can’t be used by an individual or at a residence. For more information on Good Roots grants and to apply, visit

The application is available on the website until April 4, 2014.  Recipients will be notified no later than May 2, 2014. Schools, churches, municipalities and 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply.

Federal Appeals Court Turns Back AEA Challenge

A federal appeals court Jan. 5 ruled in favor of Alabama lawmakers, throwing out a three-year-old injunction that had protected the primary source of funding for the Alabama Education Association.

The ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta means state law now blocks the state teachers association and other organizations from receiving dues through payroll deduction.


Fed Up With the Feds! 

By ALC Director Ray Clifton
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an unelected (and apparently unaccountable) collection of bureaucrats, continues to promulgate commercial trucking rules and regulations about as fast as our industry can make the paper to print them on.

Consider one of the latest examples: Beginning May 21, drivers may no longer get a physical examination from their family doctor to receive the “Medical Card” required for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) — unless of course, their doctor receives special training and takes an exam to be listed on FMCSA’s “National Registry of Medical Examiners.”

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AFF Leader Says Recently Passed Farm Bill is Great for Forestry

Congress has passed a long-awaited Farm Bill [H.R. 2642] that includes strong policies and programs to help conserve America’s family-owned forests and the clean air and water, wildlife habitat, rural jobs, and recreational benefits that Americans enjoy from these lands.

“After years of hard work, we know this Farm Bill was well worth the wait. This legislation provides resources critical to implementing conservation practices on the ground and making good forest stewardship affordable,” said Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation.

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John Enlow Named VP for Southern Timberlands by Weyerhaeuser

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) has announced the appointment of John Enlow as vice president, Southern Timberlands, effective Feb. 24. The role has been vacant since Rhonda Hunter left the position to become senior vice president, Timberlands in December of last year.

Enlow joins Weyerhaeuser from Rayonier, where he was director of that company's Atlantic and Northern timberlands regions.


Obamacare to Cost US 2.5 million Jobs, Congressional Budget Office Says

The long-term effect of ObamaCare on the U.S. economy was rewritten Tuesday with the Congressional Budget Office issuing a revised projection that nearly 2.5 million workers could opt out of full-time jobs over the next 10 years -- allowing employers to wipe 2.3 million full-time jobs off the books.

Budget experts say that because ObamaCare offers an insurance alternative to employer provided coverage, many Americans who hold full-time jobs may decide to work part-time -- or not at all -- and get their coverage from the exchanges.

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Interfor Buying Tolleson Lumber Company

INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (TSX: IFP.A) announced recently that it has reached an agreement with Ilim Timber Continental, S.A. (“Ilim Timber”) to acquire Tolleson Ilim Lumber Company (“Tolleson”) of Perry, Georgia, USA.

The Tolleson operations include two sawmills in Perry and Preston, Georgia, with a combined annual lumber capacity of more than 400 million board feet plus a remanufacturing facility in Perry, Georgia. The Tolleson mills were recently ranked as the two lowest cost mills in a survey of US southern pine sawmills. In 2013, Tolleson generated adjusted EBITDA4 of US$37 million on sales of US$134 million.

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SFI Working with Habitat for Humanity

WASHINGTON, DC (February 6, 2014) – In an agreement of support between the two organizations, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc., and Habitat for Humanity International have signed an MOU and pledged to expand the cooperation between the two groups by encouraging the use of wood products certified to the SFI Standard on Habitat construction sites.


Longleaf Pine Restoration Cost Share Applications Available to Landowners

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is currently accepting applications through its Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to continue longleaf pine restoration efforts in Alabama. The grant was awarded through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and will be made available to qualifying landowners for longleaf pine restoration on private lands.


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