Okay, so how many state employees does it take to decorate the State Christmas Tree? As you can see from the photo at left, quite a few even with the use of two power lifts!
The State Christmas Tree is located at the top of the main entrance to the Capitol along Dexter Avenue. It is a 35-foot Eastern red cedar grown in Bullock County and is adorned with about 40,000 LED lights. The tree is decorated with 100 ornaments and 67 stars representing every county in Alabama. Feathers Plantation in Fitzpatrick donated the tree. ENJOY!
Forestfund announces $4 million in dividend checks to participants
Renewals and dividend checks were placed in the mail recently to over 400 participants in ForestFund. Attached is the marketing mail piece sent to just over 2,000 loggers, truckers, vendors and other employers in the forestry industry that are not currently ForestFund participants to let them know what they are missing. Read release...
Attorney General Luther Strange visits with afa board
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange paid a visit to the AFA Board of Directors at their Dec. 9 meeting at the AFA building.
The AG talked about recent litigation in which he is fighting the executive and regulatory overreach of the Obama Administration in a variety of areas. General Strange also thanked the AFA Board for supporting his campaigns for AG and vowed to continue to watch out for the interests of rural communities.
Tommy lawler is named forest conservationist of the year
Longtime AFA member, Tommy Lawler developed a love of the land at 10 years old, when his father introduced him to Wilcox County’s Grampian Hills. Since then Tommy’s passion for the land has grown, as he has continuously purchased land in the area, parcel by parcel. Tommy opened Lawler Timber Company in the early 90s. He now manages thousands of acres, helping large and small land owners grow marketable timber. Photo Caption: Presenting the award to Tommy was (left) Horace Horn, AWF President and also with PowerSouth Energy, State Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy (2nd from right), and Matt Bowden with Alabama Power Co. Read more...
Clarke County christmas parade features LP float
Clarke County recently held its annual Christmas parade. The float in the attached photo was sponsored by LP and built with wood from their Hanceville and Thomasville locations and facilities.
That's a pretty neat little float if you ask us! A John Deere tractor, a Radio Flyer Wagon and a stuffed animal. If you're a kid on Christmas morning, it doesn't get much better than that!
southern Yellow Pine exports up for 4th month in a row
For the fourth consecutive month, export volumes of Southern Pine lumber have established an upward trend. During October, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently reported SP exports to be just over 58 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents a boost of seven percent above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of eight percent when compared with the first ten months of 2014. Offshore shipments during October roughly break down as follows: 32.2 MMbf dressed, 12.1 MMbf rough, and 13.7 MMbf treated lumber.
Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. during October reached 1.28 billion board feet, up ten percent from the volume imported during October of 2014. When compared with last year, year-to-date softwood imports remain up eight percent.
how currency changes affect canadian mills
The recent changes in global currencies has been quite dramatic, and they are now showing up as a real eye opener in terms of the changing cost structures of the various North American producing regions, as well as the competitiveness of many countries exporting to China or the U.S. The devaluation of global currencies has been a game changer for countries like Canada, whose currency has plunged against the U.S. dollar. Read more...
plm opportunities in alabama
Now is a GREAT time to earn PLM continuing education hours. Forestry field days and indoor course opportunities are listed on the AFA Calendar. For more info, go to: http://www.alaforestry.org/events/event_list.asp. New opportunities are constantly being added so check back often.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT FORESTRY BOOKS
We now have two books that you can use to learn more about forestland management and the history of the forest products industry in Alabama. These books make outstanding gifts for birthdays, Christmas and any other gift-giving purpose. The book on the left, Green Gold: Alabama's Forests and Forest Industries, provides the first comprehensive history of forestry in Alabama, from when the Indians cleared forests for agriculture to the modern era.
The book on the right, Managing Forests on Private Lands in Alabama and the Southeast, is probably the best book every produced on managing forests for timber production and for preserving water and wildlife resources.
If you are interested in owning either or both of these books, contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.