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AFA Newsroom V7 No. 17 August 15, 2012
Texting While Driving Outlawed by Legislature in 2012 Session
Although you might have heard little about it, the Alabama Legislature approved a bill to impose monetary penalties on anyone driving a motor vehicle who is considered to be texting while driving. The bill, which went into effect on August 1, 2012, would impose a $25 fine for a first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation. Police enforcing the new law may also, "treat a violation of this section as the primary or sole reason for issuing a citation to a driver." Read More...
Special Election set for Alabama House District 30
Representative Blaine Galliher (R-Gadsden) has resigned his legislative seat in order to become the Legislative Director for Governor Bentley. Galliher, former chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the House, will work to improve the Governor’s effectiveness with the Legislature. Read more...
AFA Hosts Brewton Area Regional Reception at Country Club of Brewton
The Alabama Forestry Association hosted its Brewton Area Regional Reception on Thursday, August 2 at the beautiful Country Club of Brewton. It was a great night, with a fabulous showing from the local forestry community and local legislators, including State Representatives Alan Baker and Mike Jones. Also attending was Brewton Mayor, Ted Jennings. Read more...
Alabama Champion Trees Highlighted
Ten trees have made the 2012 list of Alabama's Champion Trees, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). With the addition of these new trees, the state now has 144 champions.
This total decreased from last year because 17 of the 2011 champions had died by the time they were visited for their scheduled re-measurement, and three others were decertified. Read more...
Technical Assistance for Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration
In 2007 the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) formed a partnership to address the decline of longleaf pine habitat in Alabama. The partners recognized the commonality of their mission, and for the next three years (the project period) combined resources to deliver technical assistance and information to landowners interested in longleaf habitat restoration. This project was funded through a Longleaf Legacy grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in conjunction with Southern Company and its subsidiaries: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power. By the end of the project period, the partners had worked closely with landowners to restore over 3,000 acres of longleaf habitat! Fortunately, the partners were awarded another Longleaf Legacy grant to continue the project for another three years! This time, Ryan Mitchell, AWF’s newest resource stewardship biologist, will work closely with conservation-minded landowners to restore a habitat important to many wildlife species. So, if you are a landowner and you have an interest in restoring longleaf pine habitat on your property or general wildlife habitat improvement, contact Ryan Mitchell at 334.285.4550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Memoriam: Scott Langley of Camp Hill, Alabama
Scott Langley, who had been active in agriculture and forestry circles for many years in and around his home at Camp Hill, Ala., passed away on August 7, 2012 at his residence. Read more...
Todd Stacy Leaves Speaker Hubbard Joins Staff of Congresswoman Roby
Todd Stacy has left his job as Communication's Director for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, to take a similar job with U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.
The new job will require Stacy to move to Washington, D.C. where he will serve as Congresswoman Roby's Communication's Director. He will start in his new job in early September.
PLT GreenWorks" Grant Update
The PLT GreenWorks! grant application form is now online. This year, there is one form for a PLT-trained educator to apply for either a “traditional” PLT GreenWorks! grant (up to $1,000) or a PLT GreenWorks! grant to help fund an action project at a school following the completion of one or more of PLT’s GreenSchools! Investigations (up to $3,000). Read more...
SFI to Bring Sustainability Message to Buckmasters EXPO in Montgomery
Come See Us at Buckmasters! The Alabama SFI Implementation Committee will have a booth at the upcoming Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery August 17th – 19th.
The Committee will be there to promote sustainable forestry and answer questions. There will be over 300 booths and over 40,000 people are expected to participate in this huge annual event!
Logger Notes talks About the Need for Greater Effort to Help With Rural Infrastructure
Governor Robert Bentley's Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) is a three-year initiative that will supply $900 million towards transportation projects statewide. The program requires city and county governments to pony up a 20% match for road resurfacing, bridge replacement, and other transportation-related infrastructure. The problem is that the 20% match could be a "bridge too far" for many of the more rural counties where the greatest need exists for bridge replacement and road repairs. Read latest Logger Notes
The Latest Information on Timber Taxes
USDA Forest Service has prepared a primer on questions surrounding the federal income tax on timber. The publication provides a quick reference on timber tax laws that are important to woodland owners. It presents a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions.
The intended audience includes consulting foresters, woodland owners and loggers who need a basic understanding of federal income tax rules on the management of woodland property. It is also a valuable resource for tax practitioners: CPAs, tax managers, enrolled agents, attorneys, and tax return preparers who seek a quick overview of timber tax rules.
Since the first income tax Form 1040 appeared in 1913, many timber tax provisions have been added to encourage management and stewardship of private woodland that are commonly unknown by tax professionals. This publication is prepared to help woodland taxpayers and their professional advisors to learn and utilize these tax laws. (Source: Mike Kyser, AFC). Click here for the Report
Regional Landowner Field Days set for October
Save the Date – Upcoming regional landowner field days will be held at Bobby Jennings property in Tallapoosa County on October 4, O.M. Becton’s property in Choctaw County on October 11, and The Jones-Mountain Shadows Farms in Blount County on October 18.
For a brochure on the North Region Field Day on October 18, click here.
Tree Farm Auction for the AFA Annual Meeting Still Needs Auction Items
Silent Auction Benefits Tree Farm – Please donate to the upcoming Tree Farm Silent Auction to be held at the AFA Annual Meeting. All items are welcome. Proceeds are used to promote sustainable forestry to private landowners.
To participate in this year's effort, please click here.
Senator Jeff Sessions Challenges Obama Administration on Possible Prisoner Release
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions recently took the Obama Administration to task over their handling of the transfer of an "enemy combatant" who was responsible for the death of American service members. Sessions and other U.S. Lawmakers asked Obama to send the prisoner to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where other Muslim fighters have been held since the administration of George W. Bush decided that the extremely dangerous captives would not be held on American soil.
But Obama vowed to close Guantanamo and try terrorist suspects in the American court system. Sessions said that after he and other U.S. Lawmakers asked that the Iraqi prisoner be sent to the Cuban facility, the Administration instead handed him over to Iraqi officials, who may now release the killer. Sessions said that is a very dangerous prospect and that the individual in question would almost certainly return to the battlefield and attempt to kill more American and Coalition forces if he is released. Click here for the Senator's full press release on this subject.
View YouTube video of Senator Sessions
Buckeye Needs a Forester for their Operations Around Perry Florida
Buckeye Florida LP, a Buckeye Technologies Inc. Company, is interested in hiring an experienced forester with a minimum of 8 years experience for its Perry, Florida wood cellulose manufacturing facility. Read more...
FROM THE EVP: Reform... If not Now, When?
"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and curruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national Legislature..." These words, spoken by U.S. Representative James Garfield just 4 years prior to his election as President, are as true today as they were in the 19th century. Read more...
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