AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 17, Sept. 1, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO 2014 ANNUAL MEETING SEPT. 7-9
The 2014 AFA Annual Meeting is just days away!
Don't miss seeing all of your old friends and fellow AFA'ers in a relaxed setting where you can hear all the latest industry and political news.
CONFERENCE AGENDA & BROCHURE
You can pay me now, or pay me later
Through the years, as AFA encountered issues that had a direct impact on forestry operations, our “pine-tree issue” list grew. In the last few years, however, we have found ourselves in new territory and it is presenting a real challenge for us to move quickly up the learning curve on issues that seem far removed from the day to day concerns of most of our members.
Read full letter from Chris Isaacson here...
AFA TRAVELS TO ANDALUSIA
Thursday, August 21st, AFA traveled south for its Andalusia Area Regional Reception. The event was held at the Point A Lodge, owned and managed by our friends at PowerSouth.
Southeast Alabama Gas District and First South Farm Credit both sponsored the reception and delicious food was provided by David's Catfish House.
Members and prospective members were able to gather in a fun and relaxed atmosphere to catch up and discuss happenings in the forestry industry. A great time was had by all.
Read more here...
THE WHITE HOUSE'S WAR ON WILDFIRES
Earlier this summer, David South, an emeritus professor of forest management at Auburn University
testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on how forest mismanagement may be a bigger culprit than climate change in the spread of wildfires. In his remarks, South noted that “policy makers who halt active forest management and kill ‘green’ harvesting jobs in favor of a ‘hands-off’ approach contribute to the buildup of fuels in the forest… [which] eventually increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires. To attribute this human-caused increase in fire risk to carbon dioxide emissions is simply unscientific.”
See full article here.
Get ready for Sawmill days in stockton
On Nov. 1, Stockton will be celebrating its 2nd Annual Stockton Sawmill Days. Although this event is being used as a fund raiser to establish a museum in the Stockton community, it celebrates so much more.
As home of the first sawmill in Alabama and a community built and maintained by the timber industry, this event hopes to educate others about the importance the timber industry has and continues to have throughout the state.
NATIONAL TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
The American Tree Farm System® has named Judy and Dwight Batts, of Wilson County, North Carolina, the 2014 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.
The Battses, their children, and their grandchildren manage their 375-acre ATFS-certified woodland for timber, water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation. To view a video of the Batts family Tree Farm, Click here.
PHOTO: American Forest Foundation President and CEO Tom Martin, left, and Brad Sorgen of Stihl, right, present Judy and Dwight Batts the National Tree Farmer of the Year award.
SFI SETS STAKEHOLDERS MEETING IN MONTREAL
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) will bring together stakeholders across a broad spectrum – from landowners to brand owners – to discuss and determine actions related to forests at the SFI Annual Conference.
This year’s event will be held September 16-18, in Montreal, and will address green building, advancements in forestry research and other emerging forest issues that help shape North America’s future forests.
HOUSING IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES
A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
new tree farm auction items are coming in
We're still looking for good Tree Farm auction items for this years Tree Farm auction at the 2014 AFA Annual Meeting in September.
Current items for bid include a pair of AUBURN vs LSU tickets and many unique items made in Alabama or surrounding states including: Wine from Hodges Vineyard and Winery, a Turkey Call from Gospel Game Calls, Handmade Wooden Bowls from Dr. Parker and a Knife from Alverson Knives.
Auction will be open:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - noon & 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
*Bidding ends Monday at 7:30
new poll says americans want a republican congress
MSNBC has reluctantly published the results of a new poll. What did the results reveal?
A clear indication that a majority of registered voters would like to see a Republican House and Senate.
ANNUAL MEETING TREE FARM program FEATURES TWO FANTASTIC GUNS
The Alabama Tree Farm program will provide participants with a chance to win one of two fantastic guns this year.
You can buy chances on a Franchi Instinct L Shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge or a Browning X-Bolt rifle with a Zeiss scope in any standard caliber. Click here to make a donation to the Tree Farm Auction.
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2014 REGIONAL EVENTS AND FIELD DAYS SET FOR OCTOBER
The Alabama Natural Resources Council and the Alabama State Tree Farm Committee will be hosting the 2014 Regional Events and Forestry Field Days on Oct. 2 in Colbert County, Oct. 9 in Perry County and Oct. 16 in Coffee County.
LAL heading into the stretch run
The next Log a Load for Kids event will be held on September 19 at the Annual Kronospan Golf Tournament at Silver Lakes, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Contact: Jeremy Oliver at (256) 282-2559.
Remaining events include:
• Sept. 20. The Annual Archery Shoot sponsored by the Auburn University Forestry Club at the Sportsman's Outpost in Waverly, Ala. Contact: Tom Gallaher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Nov. 7. Westervelt Sporting Clays & Skeet Shoot, at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville. Contact: George Franklin at, (205) 562-5699 or Lydia Fields at (205) 562-5482.
LYME DISEASE SEMINAR
For hunters and others who like to spend time outside, Lyme Disease is no laughing matter. Those who are interested in learning more about this dread tick-borne illness can attend a seminar at the Auburn Center for Forest Sustainability on September 11.
Contact: Emily Merritt at email@example.com.
Don't Forget About Our Great New Books on Forestry
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.