The 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature gets under way tomorrow.
There will be a push, possibly a strong one, to raise taxes on gas and diesel for infrastructure projects. While we all favor improvements in our travel net, the Alabama Department of Transportation already receives millions of dollars annually from Alabama taxpayers and the feds, for highway projects. There have also been bond issues for road and bridge projects recently.
There will also be a push to provide teachers with a cost of living raise and continued talk of the need to pump more money into the General Fund, even after the infusion of about $165 million a year from the cigarette tax the Legislature raised last year, plus the transfer of part of the Use Tax from education to the General Fund.
Keep an eye on Tom's blog, From the Weeds to stay current on what's going on on Goat Hill.
2016 Regional receptions set in four locations
So far, we have four regional receptions and District Meetings set for 2016.
Here they are by town with each entry linked to the flyer of the event:
The Alabama Forestry Association is working to help candidates in two county commission races this year. In Lauderdale County, AFA is backing Quinton Hanson in on open seat for chairman of the Lauderdale County Commission.
In Pike County, AFA is supporting Russell Johnson in his race for a spot on the Pike County Commission. Russell is owner of the Coastal Plain Land and Timber Company.
AFA Director of Political Affairs Bill Harris is working with the candiates in each county.
"We hope all AFA members in those counties will pitch in and help us elect candidates that will support our industry in areas like road and bridge improvements, and county road ordinances," said Harris. "Some counties are considering actions that could make the already difficult job of harvesting and transporting timber even harder. The only offset is for the Association to become move involved in races like these at the local level."
NRA Likes what alabama ag had to say about guns
Last week, Attorney General Luther Strange testified before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), heard testimony on a wide variety of firearm-related issues, including President Obama's recent Executive Order.
During his testimony, Attorney General Strange rebuked President Obama's recent attempt to "intimidate and frighten law-abiding citizens" through unilateral executive actions that constitute an "unwarranted assault on the Second Amendment." As Attorney General Strange succinctly stated, "limiting the ability of responsible citizens to buy a gun will not keep criminals from getting one." Read full NRA release
Forisk announces forest finance course in atlanta
Forisk will teach Applied Forest Finance on March 29th in Atlanta, GA. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. This one-day course qualifies for CFE credits, CLE/MTH credits, and Georgia Real Estate/Appraiser CE credits. Click here for more info
Dates for 2017 SFPA Expo
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has announced that its 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – EXPO 2017 – will be held June 14-16, 2017 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The show’s theme: Blueprint for Success.
Sponsored and conducted by SFPA every two years since 1950, this event has traditionally included many of the biggest names in the business displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers. 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.